How to clear app notifications in Windows 8 on shutdown

Microsoft has introduced lot of new features including the new start screen interface to its Windows 8 Operating System. Start screen displays the Windows core apps and the third party apps you installed. Apps were displayed as live tiles with different sizes on the start screen and some apps will even display the live information on start screen. For examples photos app will display the recent photos, news apps will display latest news, sports apps will display the sports scores and updates.

How to clear app notifications in Windows 8 on shutdown

This is can done using the Group Policy editor and Registry Editor.

Using Group Policy Editor

  • Press Windows key to move on to the start screen, if you are already there proceed to next step.
  • Type gpedit.msc and hit enter, this will open Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate to the path User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and taskbar.
  • Here locate Clear history of tile notifications on exit and double click on it.
  • In the next screen, switch the preference from not configured to enabled.

clear-tile-history-notifications

  • If you want to disable this in future, set this option again to not configured to disabled again.

Using Registry Editor

  • Press Windows key to move on to the start screen.
  • Type regedit.exe and hit enter and this will open Registry Editor.
  • In the left pane structure navigate to the following path
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsExplorer
  • Here check for the key ClearTilesOnExit is there.
  • If it is not available then you need to create it.
  • Right click on Explorer and then go to New > DWORD (32-bit) value from context menu and name it as ClearTilesOnExit.
  • Double-click on the new key and set its value to 1.
  • If you want to disable this feature again in future, change it value back to 0.

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