How To Manage Action Center In Windows 10?

How To Easily Use, Manage And Customize Action Center In Windows 10

Windows Action Center allows quick access to some basic Windows settings and various notifications. It aggregates and displays notifications from programs and applications installed on the device. Using Action Center, users can view updates about software support, alerts, security problems and other issues. It can identify applications that are generating notifications periodically and disable certain types of updates that may interrupt regular computing work.

Today, Action Center plays an important role in the Windows 10 operating system by allowing users to manage their notifications and quick actions, and altering them when the system requires attention. It is a centralized feature that notifies users about all system alerts and troubleshoots the problems. If any actions are available, the Action Center icon will appear in the Windows Notification area. To access the feature, click the Action Center button in the notifications area - the sliding bar will appear, displaying toggle buttons and various apps. Action Center replaced the old 'Charms' that were available in Windows 8, and we cannot disagree that it has improved.

In this guide, we show how to access, use, and customize Action Center and how to control notifications by allowing them or stopping them. Also, how to control Windows 10 notifications for individual apps. All useful information about Action Center is thoroughly described below.

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How To Access Action Center

You can find Action Center simply by clicking the icon on the Taskbar (near the date and time). Another way to open Action Center is to right-click the icon and select the "Open action center" option from the contextual menu. You will see that it is split into two parts. The top part consists of notifications (if there are any) and the bottom part consists shortcuts and features that are placed in Action Center. These shortcuts and features are the ones you are using most frequently - you can access the settings (or enable features) by clicking on the associated icons.

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You can also open Action Center using Cortana's digital assistant. If Cortana is activated, all you need to do is to say "Hey Cortana", and then say "Open action center".

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How To Hide Action Center Button

You can hide (remove) the Action Center button from the Taskbar if you are not using it or simply do not want to see it. To hide the Action Center button, go to Settings and select "Personalization".

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In the Personalization settings window, select the "Taskbar" section on the left pane, scroll down to find "Turn system icons on or off" and click it.

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You will see a list of system icons, find "Action Center" and switch the toggle to the "Off" position. The Action Center button will now be removed from the Taskbar. If you want to re-enable it, simply return to these settings and switch the toggle back to "On".

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How To Manage Quick Actions

If you want to add or remove, or rearrange quick actions in Action Center, go to Settings and select "System".

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Now select "Notifications & actions" on the left pane and click "Add or remove quick actions".

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You will see a list of quick actions. Disable the ones you do not need by toggling them to the "Off" position. You can re-enable them by following the same steps and toggling the switch back to "On".

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How To Stop Notifications Using Quite Hours

In Windows 10, you can use the Quiet hours feature, which allows you to disable notifications that are appearing in Action Center. You can prevent notifications from appearing on the computer screen by enabling Quiet hours - do this by clicking the Action Center icon on the Taskbar and then clicking the "Quiet hours" button (if this quick action is enabled).

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You can also turn Quiet hours on by right-clicking the Action Center icon and selecting the "Turn on Quiet hours" option from the contextual menu. You will not see any new notifications until you disable the Quiet hours feature.

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Disable Notifications On The Lock Screen

Windows has made it possible to show notifications even when your computer is on the lock screen. If you are not comfortable with this, and perhaps do not wish others to see your notifications, you can disable them by going to System settings and selecting Notifications & actions on the left pane. Find the "Show notifications on the lock screen" option and switch the toggle to the "Off" position.

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If you wish to stop notifications from appearing when you are duplicating your screen (during a presentation, for example), find the "Hide notifications when I'm duplicating my screen" option and ensure that it is on.

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How To Turn Off Notifications Completely

If you want to hide notifications when you are duplicating your screen, when on the lock screen, when there are incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen, and to disable Windows notifications about welcome experience after updates, etc., go to Notifications & actions settings and disable the "Get notifications from apps and other senders" option. Then disable other notifications that were not disabled as a group.

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How To Choose What Senders Can Send Notifications

It is also possible to control which individual senders can send notifications. If you do not wish to receive notifications from one of the senders, go to Notifications & actions settings and scroll down until you see the list of the apps that send notifications. Disable app notifications by toggling associated switches to the "Off" positions - these apps will then no longer send notifications.

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If you want to see more settings related to a particular sender, simply click it - a window with additional settings will appear. Various senders might have their own notification settings and it is possible to adjust them. Choose which particular notifications you wish to disable and toggle the switch to the "Off" position.

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As you can see, you can turn the notification sound off and leave other forms of notification enabled. Alternatively, you can keep notifications for a particular application private when on the lock screen, whereas other apps can be allowed. You can also choose how you want notifications to be delivered. Furthermore, you can adjust each app's priority by setting it to "Top", "High", or "Normal".

We hope this guide was helpful and you are now able to find and manage Windows Action Center. If there is something we missed - perhaps you know other tricks that you can use with this feature - or you have any questions related to the topic, please leave a comment in the section below.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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