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How to Manage Windows 10 App Notifications

Windows 10 displays notifications at the lower-right corner of the screen, just above the system tray. You’ll get notifications about installed apps, new emails, system updates, and other events.

Note: This article has been update to reflect the changes from the Window 10 Preview to the final version we’re using today.

Just like in Windows 8, you can control their behavior — from making them display longer to turning them off completely.

Notification on Windows 10

Configure Windows 10 Notifications

To configure the amount of time notifications display on the screen in Windows 10, head to Settings > Ease of Access.

Ease of Access

Then click Other Options and then select how long you want the notifications to show for. You can select from five seconds or up to five minutes.

set notification time

You can also choose individual apps you see notifications for. Go to Settings > Settings > Notifications & Actions. And from there you can switch the notifications from each app on or off.

notifications and actions

Or you can flip the switch at the top to turn off all notifications if you don’t care to see them at all.

disable all App notifications

You can also configure specific actions of the apps notifications. For example, maybe you don’t want to hear a sound every time you get a notification from an app.

To do that, while you’re in the Notifications & actions section, select the app you want to adjust, and you’ll see additional options to turn on or off.

advanced notifications

In the Windows 10 tech preview, notifications are set to display for five seconds by default. That amount of time is too short for my taste, so I switched it all the way up to five minutes.

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The reason being is, in my computer lab/home office here, I am often times working between different machines, and I hear the notification sound on a Windows 10 system, and by the time I get to it, the notification is gone. And, since I’m a tester, I would like the ability to see what’s going on.

Also, when you go through and do a certain action, a notification pops up for Windows Feedback, and having enough time to access it makes it easier to let the company know if you like a feature and provide additional suggestions.

It’s also worth noting again that managing app notifications works the same as outlined above in the final Windows 10 release.

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