How to customize and turn off Windows 10 notifications

Notifications are one of the most useful parts of modern operating systems. Windows 10 notifications are a perfect example. Thanks to them, users can be informed by sound alerts and information on the screen about everything that is happening on our PC. Can you imagine a world without notifications? How do we know that “this” email has reached us? How would we know they responded to us on WhatsApp?

Despite all this, users don’t always want Windows 10 notifications to be active on our PC. Sometimes we need stillness, silence, or just the absence of distractions. Whether in the classroom or at work, notifications can be annoying and Microsoft knows that, so it gives us the flexibility to customize them as we please and even temporarily turn them off.

Endless customization possibilities for Windows 10 notifications

To do this, just go to Settings> System> Notifications & Actions. We can also access this section of the configuration by typing “notifications” in the search bar of Windows 10 and selecting the first result.

Once on this page, under the heading “Notifications”, we will find a list of options chaired by a switch on by default that says “Receive notifications from apps and other senders.” If we are not interested in receiving any kind of notifications, we will just have to leave this switch on “off”.

Under this option we have a series of checkboxes, all of which are enabled by default. Here we can turn off cool options like “show notifications on lock screen” or “allow notifications to sound”.

If we continue to scroll down this page, we will come to a section titled “Receive notifications from these senders”. Here we can select which apps we want to show notifications and which ones not by turning the switch on or off.

In addition, in this same section, we can click on each of the applications and change our notification preferences regarding the specific application. From this screen we can do the following:

Decide if we want to show desktop notification banners and notifications in the action center Hide content when notifications are on the lock screen Turn on or off the sound of notifications from said app Decide how many notifications ‘she can display the application in the action center. Set the priority of these notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center: Higher, High, or Normal. By default, the priority is set to “normal” for all applications.

Bonus: use the Windows 10 focus assistant

Concentration Assistant is a solution that has been around for many years, but not all users are familiar with. Thanks to it and with a few clicks, we can avoid receiving Windows 10 notifications at the most inconvenient times. Notifications will continue to arrive in the Activity Center but no banner or sound will be displayed on our desktop.

To access it, simply open the activity center by clicking in the lower right corner of our screen, on the icon to the right of the date and time in the taskbar.

Once there, we’ll look at the bottom, just below the notifications. Here we will find the so-called “quick actions”, which allow us to activate and deactivate various functions such as battery saving, location, Wi-Fi and many others. We’ll hit the ‘expand’ option to see them all and look at the one called ‘Concentration Assistant’.

Clicking on this switch will activate it in “alarms only” mode. If we click again, it will be activated in “priority only” mode, showing us only the notifications that we have assigned the highest priority according to what has been said above.

If we want to access a more advanced configuration of the concentration assistant, we just have to write the name of this function in the search bar of Windows 10 and enter the first available option. There we can establish a series of automatic rules for the concentration assistant, being able, among other options, to establish that it is activated when we play or when we use an application in “full screen” mode.

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