Step-by-step Manage notifications on your PC
Access the Action Centre
The Action Centre icon can be found in the notification area of the Taskbar in the bottom-right corner of your screen (it looks like a speech bubble). When you have a notification from an app, you will notice the icon displays the number of unread messages you have. Click it and you’ll see a panel slide out to the right of the screen – click a notification to be taken to the relevant app.
Limit notifications with Focus assistant
By enabling Focus assistant – previously known as Quiet hours – you can ensure that you’re not bothered by notifications at inopportune times. In Windows 10’s Settings, open Settings, head to the System section and click ‘Focus assist’ in the left-hand pane. Here you can use the basic setting such as Off, ‘Priority only’ and ‘Alarms only’ to choose which alerts you see.
Configure priority notifications
Opting for ‘Priority only’ ensures you only see the most important notifications – and it’s entirely customisable. Click ‘Customise your priority list’ and then in the Apps sections click ‘Add an app’ and select all of the apps you actually want to hear from. You can also use the ‘Add contacts’ button to ensure that you only see notifications from particular people.
Adjust notification privacy
Some notifications can be quite revealing – if messages from friends and family pop up, they may can contain personal information, for example. Notifications are also displayed on your Lock screen, so it’s possible people will see your messages while you’re away from your PC, too. In Settings you can put a stop to this by flicking the ‘Show notifications on the lock screen’ toggle.
Change notification display timings
You can change how long pop-up notifications are displayed on screen, but the setting isn’t where you might think. Open ‘Settings’ and go to the ‘Ease of Access’ section. Scroll down through the list of options until you find one labelled ‘Show notifications for’, then use the drop-down menu to choose how long notifications should be displayed.
Change notification settings
Back at the ‘Notifications & actions’ section of Settings, you’ll see a list of the apps that can display notifications. Click the entry for a particular app and you can customise how it displays notifications – use the toggles to choose whether notifications should be displayed, whether they should appear in the Action Centre, and whether a sound should be played at the same time.
Tweak notification priority
If you have lots of notifications popping up, you may want to ensure you don’t miss some from a particularly important app. You can do this by tweaking notification priority. In Settings > ‘Notifications & actions’, click the entry for an app, then select the Top (only one app can use the Top setting) or High setting to ensure its notifications appear near the top of the Action Centre.
Disable notifications entirely
It could be that you have no interest in viewing notifications in the Action Centre – perhaps you prefer to manually check apps to see if there’s anything you need to be aware of. To completely disable notifications, go to Settings > ‘Notifications & actions’ and toggle the ‘Get notifications from apps and senders’ button to Off to enjoy using your PC without being pestered.