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The question pretty much says it all. When I do a +tab, the icon for Thunderbird shows me how many unread messages I have in my inbox.

It's pretty distracting if I'm not looking to check my email.

Can I disable it?

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At the moment, it is not possible to disable displaying the number. However, I filed a feature request to disable entirely the mail count on the badge in the dock and task switcher on Mac OS X. If you want this implemented, vote for this request: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=920413

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An extension available from Mozilla called Keyconfig can help you out with this problem. I've been able to disable shortcuts completely with this Keyconfig extension:

The Keyconfig extension ... allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts. It works with Firefox, Thunderbird, and (probably) Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey. Shortcuts defined via a key can be changed.

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How does this answer the question exactly? Vultan is asking how to hide the number of unread messages, not disable the shortcut. –  user3463 Sep 12 '12 at 19:47
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"allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts" Exactly. I'm not so arrogant as to answer for vultan, but I understood his question to ask "how can I disable it" twice. Once in the subject and once in the body. He seems, seems, to be upset with the shortcut. With the extension, just as I have with it, he'll be able to disable the shortcut key or change it completely. I don't know how my suggestion doesn't answer his question. It may be I need a course in reading comprehension. Maybe, lol. Or my suggestion is helpful to him in some way. it's at least something for him to munch on –  AVandelay05 Sep 12 '12 at 19:57
    
Thanks, but this isn't what I'm looking for. I use cmd-tab all of the time; my intention is not to disable cmd-tab, but to disable the notification. –  Vultan Sep 14 '12 at 8:53
    
Ok. I wasn't sure, so I thought I would just throw it out there. Doesn't hurt right? :) –  AVandelay05 Sep 14 '12 at 13:00
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