Ever seen a Windows 10 notification slip away from the screen out of the corner of your eye and thought: “Wait! I didn’t read that yet!” If so, then you’re in luck: there’s an easy way to buy yourself some more time to act on those fleeting notifications.
Windows 10 notifications play a significant role in keeping you informed about what’s happening within the system. Whether it’s an upcoming calendar event, an incoming email message, or even detection of a malicious threat, the Windows 10 notifications that pop up in the bottom-right of the screen are your first indication that something needs attention.
In Windows 10, these notifications are part of the new Action Center, a centralized location for managing incoming notifications. By default, notifications will pop up for a few quick seconds then disappear. Instead of breaking your current activity to review that notification in detail, you can configure notifications to appear a little bit longer on screen.
Display Notifications for Longer Time in Windows 10
Click Start > Settings > Ease of Access > Other options. Click on the “Show notifications for” list box, then choose an appropriate time interval. You can choose from 5 seconds, 7 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes.
That’s it; your notifications will no longer be quite as fleeting.
If you set a long notification display time, like 30 seconds or more, you can dismiss notifications by clicking the X in the top-right.
If you want to make further adjustments to your notification behavior, check out our previous article for instructions. Another related system-wide setting you should check out too is managing autoplay settings. This lets you control the behavior when connecting removable storage devices such as a USB thumb drive or inserting an optical disc.
For more Windows 10 Action Center tweaks, check out the articles linked below.
- Customize Taskbar Settings in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- How to Manage Windows 10 App Notifications
- How to Configure and Use Action Center in Windows 10
- How to Change or Turn Off Notification Sounds
- How to Disable Action Center in Windows 10