Notifications in Windows 10

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Click on a notification to open it and view its full contents.

In the modern digital world there is an increasing desire to keep updated about what is happening in our online world. With Windows 10, the Notifications panel (Action Center) can be used to display information from a variety of sources, so that you never miss an update or a notification from one of your apps. To view your notifications:

Step 1
Click on the Notifications button on the Taskbar. The counter denotes the number of new notificationsp38a_win10_anniv
Step 2
New notifications appear at the top of the panel. For selecting what appears, see below (Settings for Notifications)

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In the Anniversary Update, the Action Center groups together notifications from specific apps, so that it is easier to view them all and also remove them using the Clear all button in the top right-hand corner.

 

 

 

Step 3
Quick action buttons appear at the bottom of the panel. Click on an item to activate or deactivate it (when a button is blue, the item is active)

 

 

 

 

 

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Notifications for certain apps also appear onscreen for a short period of time in a small banner, to alert you to the fact that there is a new notification.

 

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Settings for Notifications

To change settings for the Notifications panel:

Step 1
Click on the Settings app and access System > Notifications & actions

Step 2
Under the Quick actions heading, click on the items and drag them into a new position to change where they appear in the Notifications panel

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Step 3
Click on the Add or remove quick actions link to turn On or Off the default items on the Taskbar

 

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If notification icons are added to the Taskbar, their options can be selected by right-clicking on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notifications can also be shown on the Lock Screen by dragging the Show notifications on the lock screen button to On in the Notifications & actions settings.p39e_win10_anniv

 

 

 

Step 4
Under the Get notifications from these senders heading, drag the buttons On or Off to specify the items that appear in the Notifications panel. For instance, if the Email and accounts button (or the Mail button) is On, you will be notified whenever you receive a new email

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Want to know more?

For the complete, updated guide to Windows 10, in the trusted In Easy Steps style, click here. Whether you’re upgrading to Windows 10 from a previous version or using it for the very first time, Windows 10 in easy steps, 2nd edition covers the current system based around the Windows 10 Anniversary update. Straightforward, jargon free processes guide you through the key features so you’ll be a pro in no time!