Windows 10 notifications can help you keep up with some important, or at least useful events. For instance, new email messages arriving, upcoming appointments and Windows updates, among other things. As useful as these messages can be, they can also be distracting when you’re trying to get work done. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to disable or delay notifications so that you can keep doing what you’re doing without being interrupted.
Check (and dismiss) notifications
A popup just above the Taskbar in the lower right corner of your screen indicates that you have a new notification. If it disappears before you have time to check it, you can open the Action Centre to view any notifications you may have missed. All of your notifications will appear, sorted by the time they were received.
If you just want all of the notifications to go away, you can dismiss them all at once by clicking “clear all”. If you think they’re might be something important in there, then you can click on each one individually to learn more about what your notifications are about, whether it’s an email message, an event on your calendar or anything else. You can hover over notifications to show more controls or if you don’t need to do anything else, click to dismiss them.
Clearing the clutter
You can control which notifications appear and when by changing your notifications and actions settings in Control Panel. You can turn notifications on and off, including notifications from apps, Windows tips and others as well as hiding notifications at certain times (such as during presentations). You can even turn off all notifications if you choose.
If you want to prevent notifications from distracting you when you’re working, you can use the Quiet Hours feature, which disables notifications with a single click. Right click the notifications icon and choose “Turn on Quiet Hours” or “Turn off Quiet Hours” from the menu.