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Change the number of Quick Action buttons visible in Action Center of Windows 10

The Action Center in Windows 10 is a special pane which keeps various types of notifications and provides quick access to useful actions that can be performed with one click or tap. The user can customize which quick actions will be visible there. There is a hidden secret option in Windows 10 which controls how many quick actions buttons can be visible in the Action Center. By default you have only 4 buttons visible when collapsed. Here is how it can be changed.

Windows 10 action center default
To display less buttons than 4 in the Action Center pane when you collapse them, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak. As of this writing, this trick was tested and works well on all stable builds of Windows 10.

To change the number of Quick Actions buttons visible in Action Center of Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\ActionCenter\Quick Actions

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
    If you don't have such a key, then just create it.

  3. Modify or create a new 32-bit DWORD value here named PinnedQuickActionSlotCount. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.Windows 10 PinnedQuickActionSlotCount
  4. Set the value data in decimals (not hex) for PinnedQuickActionSlotCount to the desired number from 0 to 4. This is the number of available quick actions you want to have visible automatically. If you set this number greater than 4, you will still have 4 buttons inside the collapsed button area of Action Center. Value of 0 disables the button area completely.Change number of Quick Actions buttons visible in Action Center of Windows 10
  5. Now you need to sign out and sign in again to apply the changes. Alternatively, you can just restart Explorer.

Here are a few examples.
This is Action Center with PinnedQuickActionSlotCount=0:
Quick Actions buttons set to zero Windows 10
Note the Settings app is also affected by this tweak. It does not show customizable quick actions any more:
Quick Actions buttons set to zero settings

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This is Action Center with PinnedQuickActionSlotCount=2:
Quick Actions buttons set to 2 Windows 10
Again, the Settings app shows only 2 customizable quick actions:
Quick Actions buttons set to 2 settings
This is Action Center with PinnedQuickActionSlotCount=8:
Quick Actions buttons set to 8
Quick Actions buttons set to 8 settings
That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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