How To Disable Windows 10 App Notifications

Nothing can be more annoying than unwarranted disruptions while you’re busy going about your normal computer

Nothing can be more annoying than unwarranted disruptions while you’re busy going about your normal computer activities. Unfortunately, the Windows 10 action center is a very active notification hub, from bug issues and update notifications to performance updates. While some notifications can be useful, they’re disturbing more often. Thankfully, they can be easily switched off. It is also important to distinguish between 3rd-party notifications and regular Windows 10 app notifications so you can switch off the correct ones bugging you. Here’s a simple guide to having the perfect uninterrupted experience on your device.

Total Notifications Shutdown

This is one way to manage notifications on Windows 10. It will completely shut off all notifications and might not be the perfect solution because some of the notifications can be helpful.

  • Go to the Windows 10 settings, which can be found in the start menu in the lower-left corner of the desktop interface. The settings can also be accessed by simply searching for "settings" in the search bar on the home screen.
  • Select the "Notifications" or "Actions" panel that will appear on the panel on the left side of the monitor.
  • This will automatically launch to the action center main panel where notification preferences are configured.
  • Click on the option for "System" settings and click on the "Notifications" tab from the resulting menu. This will be on the left side panel as well.
  • The notifications in this particular category are mainly based on the quick actions available in the action center. You can switch off notifications across the whole category for an uninterrupted experience.

Customized Notifications

This is a better approach to eliminating interruptions to ensure that only critical notifications or preferred app notifications will pop up. This will reduce the traffic of notifications from the action center and ensure you get the important ones on time.

  • Navigate to the settings just as before and go to the notifications tab under the ‘notifications and actions’ category.
  • Scroll down until you see the heading "Get notifications from these senders." This is where you can conveniently customize each particular Windows 10 application category that wishes to send you notifications.

  • Click on any category, which will reveal the options to show banners, lock screen behavior, and sound settings.
  • The categories can also be conveniently shut down totally, as explained above.

Temporary Focus Assist Customisation

This feature is convenient for users who are only concerned about a particular period of uninterrupted usage, for instance, while attending a meeting. This will temporarily limit notifications for the selected period and revert to the regular settings once it’s over. This is a temporary "mute" option.

  • Launch the action center with a simple execution of the windows key plus the A key. Alternatively, click on the notifications icon, which can be found at the right end of the taskbar.
  • Select the moon-shaped icon that will appear in the Action Center tab of Quick Actions (not all Windows 10 OS will have this option in quick action, though)
  • By default, this will ensure no interruptions are done from midnight until six hours later.
  • To change this, right-click the icon and launch its particular settings, where you can set the period for muted notifications.
  • Notifications in the Focus Action customization can also be limited for particular activities, for instance, during a Skype chat or while playing games on the computer.

Once done, you should have a more enjoyable experience with minimum interruptions, which you deliberately permitted. These customizations can be reversed at any time to reset the default settings that Windows 10 developers deem most appropriate.