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Using and customizing the Windows 10 Action Center

  Desktop with Action Center

With the Action Center, Windows 10 finally provides a central location for notifications and quick action. So use and customize it.

Notifications in Windows were the longest joke. Even on Windows 8, which eventually provided toast notifications that might pop up and then expire, there was no way to display expired notifications that you might have missed. Windows 1

0 fixes the issue with the Action Center, an extendable panel that groups and displays alerts, and provides quick access to actions such as Wi-Fi, sleep, and night light.

The action center is uncomplicated to use.

Viewing Notifications in the Action Center

Windows 10 still issues toast notifications, which are displayed from the bottom right of your desktop (just above the notification area of ​​the taskbar) whenever an app requires it [19659003]  Desktop Notification

If you do not refuse a notification, it automatically disappears after about six seconds. If you have new notifications, the Action Center icon in the notification area turns white and displays a license plate with the number of new notifications (bottom left). If there are no new notifications, this icon will appear empty and without badges (right).

 Compare icons when notifications exist and are missing

Click the icon (in which state the system is)) to open the Action Center that extends from the right edge of the ad. Action Center displays all your recent notifications, grouped by app.

 Action Center with various alerts

When you click a notification in the Action Center, it depends on the app that notified you. Clicking on a notification usually accomplishes something relevant. For example, if you click the OneDrive screenshot notification in our sample screenshot, OneDrive will open in that folder and highlight that file.

Sometimes the notification explains the results of the click. In our example, if you click on the notification from Razer Synapse about an available update, this update will start.

Deleting Notifications in the Action Center

When you mouse over a specific notification in the action pane, you can click "Delete" (The X) in the upper-right corner to clear this notification from the display. When you delete a notification, there is no way to retrieve it.

 Click X to cancel a notification.

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Finally, you can clear all notifications by clicking on the" Delete All "text in the lower-right corner of the Action Center (directly from the shortcut keys).

 Clear all Notifications

Adjust notifications

You can not customize much of how the Action Center displays notifications, but there are ways to customize the notifications yourself, all in the Settings app. Press Windows + I to start the app, and then click on the "System" option.


On the System Settings page, go to the Notifications & Act category

 Category Selection

In the right pane, scroll to the "Notifications" section, and you will find what you need.

 Notification Options

Here is a summary of the main settings:

  • Show Notifications on the Lock Screen: Uncheck this option to prevent notifications from being displayed when your computer is locked
  • View Reminders and Incoming VoIP Calls on the Lock Screen: If you turn off notifications on the lock screen, you can also view reminders and incoming calls. Uncheck this setting to also disable these notification types on the lock screen.
  • Show me the Windows Welcome feature and . Get tips, tricks, and suggestions : Disable these two settings if you're not interested in tips, suggestions, or ads.
  • Received notifications from apps and other senders: Disable this setting to completely disable notifications.

Scrolling down the window In the right pane, you'll see notification settings for individual senders ("senders" are what Windows apps and other notification sources refer to).

 Selecting notification options for individual apps

Note that you have won. Not all installed apps are necessarily listed here. Some apps have their own notification settings that you need to configure in the app. Any apps you receive through the Windows Store, as well as many desktop apps, can be configured in this section.

Uncheck the toggle next to one of the listed apps to turn off notifications.

 Turn Off Notifications Turning apps on and off

Click the name of an app to open another page where you can customize the settings for this app in more detail.

 Click the name of an app to see more details

On the settings page of an app, you can disable notifications for the app, whether to show banners, or play sounds prevent action center notifications and even control the number of notifications the app can view in the Action Center.

RELATED: Prioritizing notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center

At the bottom of the page, you can even find controls to control the priority of the app's notifications in Action Center (at least to some extent) control where in the Action Center list these notifications are displayed.

 Notification Details for an App

And another tip for you: If you wish you do not like the Action Center at all.

Customizing the Quick Access Keys

Four or eight shortcut keys are displayed and resolved at the bottom of the Action Center, depending on the screen size. These include buttons for Focus Assistant, Network, Nightlight and All Settings in the top row by default. Click a button to perform the associated action (for example, turning night lights on and off).

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… You will see all available shortcut keys.

 All quick actions will be displayed

You can customize these shortcut keys to a small extent, although you can not create your own custom shortcut keys but you can control which buttons appear in which order and in what order.

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app, then click System. [19659003]  Click the system option in Settings

Go to the "System" settings page and go to the "Notifications & Actions" category.

 Click on the Ka category Notifications & Actions.

In the upper-right corner of the right-hand corner, you'll see the "Quick Actions" section and all available buttons for the quick action.

 Quick actions are displayed in the Settings app [19659003] Drag one of these buttons to change the order in which they appear in the Action Center.

 Drag to rearrange the quick actions

If there are buttons you would rather not see In the Action Center, click the "Add or Remove Quick Actions" link.


Use the buttons on the results page to toggle certain buttons on or off.

 Adding and Removing Quick Actions

And before you know it, your action center looks the way you want it.

As you can see, the Action Center is a welcome addition to the Windows operating system. Finally, you have a place where you can see alerts that you may have missed, and the ability to have specific system settings right at your fingertips.

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