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How can I disable the big red number showing on the Google account bar that comes from Google+ activity?

Whenever there are new notifications from Google+ the box turns red showing a number or count of how many messages/updates are waiting.

I want to disable this. I use mainly Google Chrome and Firefox if an extension or add-on is the way to block this.

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You can do it with just some CSS:


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As of today, this one works. Thanks for making me discover stylish! – levesque Jun 12 '12 at 18:32
it's currently deleted – Jeromy Anglim Oct 2 '13 at 23:50

I wrote a new userstyle for the latest (March, 2012) version of Google and Gmail's sharing bar.

If you use a localized Google domain, like google.de, you will need to add it to the script.


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There is a Chrome plugin called Google+ Notifications Remover. From my first impressions, it works quite well. The bell momentarily appears and then disappears from all the sites I would want it to disappear (google.com, google.com.au, image search, youtube). It would be better if the bell never appeared. The bell does appear in Google+ where you would presumably want it.

Also, if you use Chrome and are seeing the notification in your new tab page, here are a few workarounds.

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  1. with Firefox Addon Greasemonkey you can use http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/106622
  2. with Firefox Addon Stylish there is http://userstyles.org/styles/50890/google-plus-notification-hide
  3. Google describes here that you can easily switch notifications off, however, I could not find it...

  4. don't use Google ;)

Hope that helps a bit.

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In that top bar where it has the red number, all the way on the right will be a gear. click it, then go to google+ settings. Under google+ notifications, uncheck them all (the boxes).

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That's for email notifications only – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 25 '11 at 20:19

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