How to Stop Notifications on Windows 10

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Do you want to stay focused during your work hours?

Why not turn on the Focus Assist feature then?

Focus Assist is a wonderful feature on Windows 10 that allows you to do your job without having distraction. With one click you can disable all the incoming notifications temporarily. This is very useful if your activity requires focus or if you don’t want notifications during your presentation time.

Notifications show in the bottom right corner of your screen, and are used to notify you that an app needs your attention.

With UWP apps (Universal Windows Platform) like Gmail, Facebook or Slack it’s easy nowadays to get distracted because of notifications.

As you know focus is the essence of every successful work. Notifications slow you down and cut your focus in half!

All notifications fade away after a certain amount of time, but you can always access the history of notifications in the Action Center (use Win+A) to access it. After opening the Action Center you will get a list of all recent notifications that require your attention. The most critical will have a red mark.

Focus Assist on Windows 10 works exactly like a “Do Not Disturb” mode.

In this easy tutorial, you will learn how to maximize your productivity and have more focus!

Focus Assist (Quiet Hours): Your Way to Productive Work!

The Focus Assist feature can be accessed from the action center. Click on the Action Center icon in the lower right corner of the Taskbar or use the Windows+A key combination. From here click on Focus Assist to turn it On. To turn it Off click on it again.

Also you can also turn On Focus Assist by right-clicking on the Action Center icon. Right-click on the Action Center icon and select “Focus Assist” > “Priority Only“. To disable it, right-click again and select “Focus Assist” > “Off“.

Specify Quiet Hours of Focus Assist

In your System settings, go to “Focus assist“.

Click on “During these times” and turn it on.

Here you can program your starting time and ending time.

Turn Off/On  Notifications for Apps on Windows 10

Open Notifications’ Settings

Use the Windows+I key combination to open the Settings app, click on “System (Display, notifications, apps, power)“.

Go to the tab “Notifications & actions” on the left list.

Turn Off/On All Notifications

In case you are annoyed with all the apps notifications all the time you can disable them entirely by turning Off the option “Get notifications from apps and other senders“.

Turn Off/On Notifications for Specific Apps on Windows 10

If you don’t wish to disable notifications for all apps on Windows 10, then you can choose to turn off notifications for selected apps only. This can either be your Anti-Virus software or your FTP client buzzing you all the time.

Go to “Settings app(Win+I) > “System” > “Notifications & actions“. Scroll down to “Get notifications from these senders“. Here you will see all the apps for which Notifications are turned on.

This will give you more control over the notifications sent by your app which include:

  • Notifications – Turn Off or On all notifications for this app.
  • Show notification banners – Hide or show the banner that pops up in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • Keep notifications private on the lock screen – Hide or show notifications on the lock screen.
  • Show notifications in action center
  • Play a sound when a notification arrives
  • Number of notifications visible in action center – The maximum number of notification messages to show in action center.
  • The Priority of notifications in action center (top, high and normal)

Turn Off/On Notification on the Lock Screen

In order to avoid  This would make your lock screen look less fragmented. To turn off notifications on the lock screen, go to “Settings” > “System” > “Notifications and actions” and toggle the “Show notifications on the lock screen” to Off.

And there you have it!

You just learned how to get less distracted and more productive when using your computer. Please share this with your friends, much appreciated!

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