What are the green numbers showing over icons in the Ubuntu bar/dock? How to get rid of them?

Do you see a little number above some icon in your Ubuntu bar/dock? Maybe it is a small ring with a number one on the inside, or maybe 2 or 3? What are these numbers? What do they represent, and how can you get rid of them?

green numbers in ubuntu

I will make this very easy. In Ubuntu, you are sometimes sent notifications via the applications you use. For example, if you receive an application in Google Chrome, you might see a 1 number showing up above the Chrome icon in the toolbar. How can you see what the notification is all about, and how can you get rid of it?

If you click the clock and date at the top of your desktop, you will see a list of all notifications on your computer. There you will also see the notifications connected to Chrome, Nautilus, or whatever application has those numbers showing up above the icon.

chrome notification in ubuntu

As you look through the notifications and read them (and delete them), the numbers will disappear from the dockbar, and you can move on without those “annoying” numbers visible anymore.

In the picture above, you can see the notification I just received in Google Chrome. It was a simple message telling me that I just connected to an ExpressVPN server in the United Kingdom using the ExpressVPN extension for Chrome. As I click the “X” next to the notification or click the “Clear” button, all notifications are removed, and the number above my icon is gone as well.

That was easy, wasn’t it?

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