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Mail.app used to have the ability to hide the unread count badge, as shown on this 37signals blog post:

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It seems that Apple has removed this in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Is there any way to restore this functionality and remove the badge?

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There must be a way as I had the Dock count turned off before the upgrade and it is still off after the upgrade. However, I don't see any further options. –  pdd Jul 27 '12 at 21:40
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With the advent of Notification Center, the display of badges on any app can now be managed alongside display of banners, popups, and other notification-related settings.

Go to the Notifications preference pane in System Preferences, and select the Mail app from the list - the option to turn off the Dock badge should be there.

You may need to restart Mail for this change to take effect, though on 10.8.4 I do not.

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That totally works, and didn't even occur to me. Many thanks. –  Rufo Sanchez Jul 27 '12 at 22:13
    
you didn't even snoop around settings? -.-' derp –  XAleXOwnZX Jul 28 '12 at 18:10
    
Works for Skype as well! Awesome! –  vrybas Nov 14 '12 at 3:58
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It turns out you need to quit Mail and restart for the Notification Center changes to take effect.

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