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How to Keep Your Windows 10 Notifications on Screen Longer

Windows 10 notifications play a significant role when it comes to 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 having to break 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 you connect removable storage devices such as a USB thumb drive or insert an optical disc.

For more Windows 10 Action Center tweaks, check out the articles linked below.

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6 Responses to How to Keep Your Windows 10 Notifications on Screen Longer

  1. Wayne Ruppersburg November 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Great helpful tip Andre…thanks. I always thought these notifications were too short in duration for me to acknowledge them fully. A person can also dismiss these notifications by clicking the X in the top-right message box is also helpful. Good work!

  2. Henry December 4, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Andre…Might you address an additional issue with notifications please….
    On my system, when we click to pop out the action center, it immediately retracts back into the left screen edge. Often it retracts even before becoming fully extended…Horrible behavior….

    • Henry December 4, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      Correction……..RIGHT screen edge……

      • Andre Da Costa December 7, 2016 at 6:41 am #

        I notice that too, maybe its something you can report in the Feedback app in Windows 10

        • Henry December 7, 2016 at 6:53 am #

          Don’t know how to do that…

  3. Ivan Berger December 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    On my system, no “options” to click on, but Notification duration is under “Make it easier to focus on tasks.”

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