Step-by-step Man­age no­ti­fi­ca­tions on your PC

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Ac­cess the Ac­tion Cen­tre

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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