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?

  • 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

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
  • Works for Skype as well! Awesome! – vrybas Nov 14 '12 at 3:58
  • It turns out you need to quit Mail and restart for the Notification Center changes to take effect. – user48877 May 7 '13 at 12:49

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