How to Manage and Control Notifications in Windows 10

Windows 10 offers micro-control over how notifications show anywhere. Usually, the notifications are displayed on the extreme right corner, and they stack up. In this post, I will show how you can manage and control notifications in Windows 10.

How to Manage and Control Notifications in Windows 10

There are multiple ways to control notifications in Windows 10.

  1. Using Action Center
  2. Banner
  3. Configuring through Windows Settings

Make sure to set correctly and clearly. You do not want to miss notifications from important apps, especially your work apps.

1] Action Center

Since all notifications stack in the action center, it is the best place to manage the notifications quickly.

Turn off Notifications

Change Notification Priority

  • Click on the Action Center button on the system tray. It will display all the notifications.
  • If there is an app that sends out a lot of notification,  then right-click on the notification, and choose to turn off notification.
  • The app will no longer be able to send any notification.

To enable the notification again from that app, you will need to change it from Windows Settings.

Notification Priority

Windows 10 Notification Action Center

If notifications from some apps are more critical, then you can make them always appear on the top.

  • When a notification appears from the app, right-click on the app name.
  • Choose to become a high priority. I usually use this for email apps.
  • Follow the steps back if you want to turn it off. You can apply the same for multiple apps.

2] Banner Notification

Starting with v1909 or 19H2, Windows 10 also displays a banner notification. You can also mute or turn off notifications from there. Hover your mouse over it, and right-click to turn off the notifications. The same applies to the notifications from any website.

3] Configuring through Windows Settings

To control notifications with more control, you need to use Windows Settings.  Launch Windows Settings using WIN + I > System > Notifications and actions.

Turn off Notifications

The first option is to turn off notifications globally. We would suggest using Focus Assist to reduce notifications during work hours. Using this method will make sure you do not miss the notifications. You can also choose to turn off notification on the lock screen, reminders for incoming and outgoing VoIP calls, Windows welcome experience,  and suggestions from Windows.

Windows 10 Notifications

Manage notification from Apps

This section lists down all the applications on Windows, and you can instantly turn them off using the toggle button. However, we suggest you control the type of notification like Banner, Action Center, and Sound.

  • Double click on any of the app to open notification settings
  • Here you can configure the following
    • Turn off notifications
    • Show notification banner
    • Show notification in the action center
    • Hide content when notifications are on the lock screen
    • Play Sound
    • Number of notifications to display
    • And the priority for each notification.

I hope after reading this post, managing notifications and controlling how they appear on the action center or as a banner on Windows 10 is easy.


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