How to turn off Windows 10 notifications

Notifications can help when you receive an email or something happens on your computer. However, they can also distract you from your work. In this article we show you how to turn off Windows 10 notifications.

Notification settings in Windows 10.
Notification settings in Windows 10.

Stop notifications on windows 10

Notifications can help when you receive an email or something happens on your computer. However, they can also distract you from your work. In this article we show you how to turn off Windows 10 notifications. 

One of the improvements that Windows 10 brought about is the integration of system and application notifications.

That way, when an update is available, your PC notifies you by displaying a pop-up message and a warning sound. However, a high number of notifications can be annoying. 

Notifications can distract you during a video conference or cause you to lose focus while you work. For this reason Microsoft has incorporated several options to configure notifications. 

It allows you to adapt the frequency of notifications to your needs or completely disable Windows 10 notifications. Windows 10 notifications configuration options:
  • Select only the notifications that matter.
  • Configure notifications through usage rules.
  • Turn off Windows 10 notifications completely.

Select only the notifications that matter

Sometimes the applications that you install on your computer behave like children who only seek to attract the user's attention. By default, all of them will tend to show notifications. For this reason, we are going to show you how to configure notifications in Windows 10. 

 To do so, you just have to access the Settings panel by pressing the Windows + I key combination, and choose the System option. From the side panel, access the Notifications and actions section. Scrolling down a bit in that section you will find the section Get notifications from these senders

From here you can individually enable or disable notifications for each application installed on Windows 10. This way, you don't have to silence all applications. Only those that you do not need, so they won't distract you.

Configure notifications through usage rules

In addition to turning notifications on or off, you can also set how those notifications will be displayed. You can configure them from the same menu. Instead of clicking the switch to enable or disable app notifications, click on the name of the apps. A new window will then open, in which you can choose how an app notification will be displayed. 

 For example, you can set the notifications of that application to show in the Action Center. The notifications will be displayed by clicking on the icon located on the far right of the taskbar, next to the Windows clock. It will also appear as a pop-up card every time there is a new notification. 

 However, one of the most useful options available is Play a sound when a notification arrives. By deactivating this option you will eliminate the sound interruptions that will constantly draw your attention and distract you while you are working. Windows also provides additional settings for the applications that remain active. 

You can set a notification to remain active during a certain time and deactivate once that period has expired. 

Or, you can deactivate notifications while you have applications in full screen, such as during a video conference, while watching a movie, etc. Configuration of notifications is carried out from the Focus Assist that you will find pressing the Windows + I key combination, and choose the System option.

The first options in this section are used to filter notifications by setting priority rules. You can allow receiving all notifications from your apps and contacts by checking the Off option. By checking Priority only, you can customize your priority list, so that only high priority notification will be displayed. 

You can also disable all notifications, keeping only alarms by selecting the Alarms only option.

Additional Focus Assist options

A little further down, you can also set a schedule when the Windows 10 focus assist will be activated

This will automatically mute notifications for the set period, and will turn them on again when that period ends. 

 This function is especially suitable to prevent Windows 10 from distracting you while you work or study

 You can also set notifications to turn off when you are using a certain function or application. Such as when playing a game, or while sharing your screen during a presentation or conference. 

 When Windows detects that any of these conditions are no longer met, it will automatically re-enable notifications.

Turn off Windows 10 notifications completely

Finally, the fastest and most efficient method to disable Windows 10 notifications is simply to disable this feature. To achieve this, you must return to the Notifications and actions section and simply deactivate the Get notifications from apps and other senders switch. This will completely deactivate Windows 10 notifications. 

The downside is that you will not know instantly if you have just received an important email or a new update is available. Perhaps this is the most drastic measure of all and it takes away some comfort and efficiency when using your computer. 

By spending just a few minutes to configure notifications rather than deactivating them you can achieve a better user experience. 

 In any case, you decide whether to turn off notifications completely, or to keep up to date on everything that happens on your computer. Now you know how to disable and configure notifications in Windows 10.