Windows 10 notifications are important, but they annoy some people. Luckily, getting rid of these pop-ups is as easy as editing a few settings.
This article shows you how to customize the types of notifications displayed for a better Windows experience.
Disable all notifications
To turn off notifications, you need to go to Windows Settings System Notifications & Actions. In the “Notifications” section, turn off any notifications that shouldn’t appear.
You can choose the settings you want to turn on or off:
- Show notifications on the lock screen.
- Show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on lock screen.
- Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and sometimes when I log in to highlight new and proposed ones.
- Get tips, tricks and suggestions when using Windows.
- Receive notifications from apps and other senders
Alternatively, you can turn off specific app notifications. This will help you choose which apps can send you notifications.
If you don’t want to receive notifications, turn everything off before exiting.
Users also have a way to hide notifications rather than turn them off completely. This can be achieved with Focus Assist.
Go to Windows Settings Focus Assist. This will bring up a set of options that allow you to customize what types of notifications you receive. You can also set at what time Windows should stop bothering you.
Focus Assist can also be configured to hide notifications when you are playing a game, when you duplicate your display.
It’s important to note that Focus Assist does not delete your notifications. They will be stored in the Notification Center and will remain there until they are closed.
Hide and disable notifications
Should you hide notifications or turn them off altogether? Well, it all depends on what kind of applications you are working with.
Social media apps can be aggressive with push notifications. But most of these settings can be controlled from the application itself. Facebook, for example, allows you to choose which notification actions are sent to you.
If you need to prevent Windows from interrupting for a few hours, then hiding notifications makes more sense.
But if you primarily use your computer at work, then you should keep your notifications private. Disabling all social media notifications would be a smart choice.
Bonus: disable ads on the locked screen
Sometimes what you think of as notifications is advertising in disguise. Some ads disappear when you turn off all notifications. However, some advertisements continue to appear elsewhere, such as on the lock screen.
While they don’t have to be thought of as notification banners, isn’t it a good idea to get rid of those annoying ads on your lock screen? Here’s how:
Go to Windows Settings Personalization Lock Screen. Under Background, choose Image or Slideshow from the drop-down menu.
Windows Spotlight displays cool wallpapers, but can sometimes display ads for games and other items for sale in the Windows Store. If you select an image or slideshow, this will not happen.
Note. You can also turn off ads in the Start menu. Open Windows Settings Personalization Start.
Disable the “Show suggestions from time to time at startup” option.