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How to Manage Windows 10 App Notifications

Windows 10 displays system and app notifications at the lower-right corner of the screen, just above the system tray. Here’s how to configure them to your liking.

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 updated 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 notification behavior — from making them display longer to turning them off completely.

Notification on Windows 10

Configure Windows 10 Notifications

To configure the number of seconds that notifications display on the screen in Windows 10, head to Settings > Ease of Access.

From there, scroll down and select how long you want the notifications to show for. You can select from five seconds or up to five minutes.

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

notifications and actions

Or, if you don’t want to see notifications at all, you can flip the switch at the top. Turn off the option under the “Get notifications from apps and other senders” section.

You can also configure specific actions of app notifications on Windows 10. For example, maybe you don’t want to hear a sound or have a banner fly out every time you get a notification from an app.

To do that, while you’re in the Notifications & actions section, click on the app you want to adjust. On the next screen, you’ll see several options for managing how the notifications behave. Just check or uncheck an option from the top of the list. You can also control the number of visible notifications in the Action Center and their priority level.

Thoughts on Windows 10 Preview

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.

The reason being is, in my computer lab/home office here, I am oftentimes 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.


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