Windows 10 has several new features, one of which includes its notification center that Microsoft dubbed Action Center. If you find that you’re not a fan and never using it, here’s how you can get rid of it.
Turn off Action Center in Windows 10 Home or Pro
Update: 1/8/2016: I just found out that now you can indeed turn Action Center off easily in Settings.
Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and click Turn system icons on or off.
Then at the bottom of the list, you can flip Action Center off or back on again. And, this options is available in both Home and Pro versions of Windows 10.
The instructions below still work, too, but since this just required flipping a switch, you probably don’t want to go through all the hassle.
Thanks to our reader Alan for the tip!
Disable Action Center in Windows 10 Pro
In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, disabling Action Center can be done through Group Policy Editor. Hit Windows Key+R and type: gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
Then under Local Computer Policy go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar. Then in the right pane scroll down and double-click Remove Notifications and Action Center.
Next, select Enabled, click OK, and then sign out and back in again or restart your PC.
After you sign back in, you’ll see that the Action Center icon is no longer in the system tray.
Disable Action Center Windows 10 Home
Group Policy Editor is only available in Pro or Enterprise versions. So, to turn it off not using the option in Settings, you’ll need to tweak the Registry.
Right-click the Start button to bring up the hidden quick access menu and select Run or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key+R to bring it up. Then type: regedit and hit Enter.
Now navigate to the following path:
If you don’t see it, you’ll need to create the key and name it Explorer. To do that, right-click on the Windows key and select New > Key.
After you’ve created the Explorer key, right-click in the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it: DisableNotificationCenter and give it a value of 1.
Close out of the Registry and restart your PC and when you log back in the Action Center icon will be gone. If you want to bring it back, just go back and change the value data to zero.
If you’re a fan of Action Center and a new Windows 10 user, read our guide: How to Configure and Use Action Center.
What’s your take? Do you use Action Center? Leave a comment below and let us know.