Begone Pesky Windows Notifications!

A few months ago I blogged about how to help ensure that your laptop doesn’t reboot mid-presentation by pausing windows updates.

After the Windows 10 April 2018 update landed, there were a few changes to the Windows experience, in particular around the Windows Task Bar and Notification Center. One change that I noticed was that the previous “Quiet Hours” feature was renamed “Focus Assist”.

This feature is designed to allow control over when and how Windows is allowed to interrupt you with notifications from applications and events on your machine. I hate these notifications at the best of times, but even more so when presenting/sharing my screen. To this end, I always had “Quiet Hours” activated, which basically silenced all notifications in the Notification Center.

After the update installed I suddenly started to get notifications again. After removing my head from my desk I went into the Notification Center to find out why Windows was “helping” me with messages. It is there that I found the new “Focus Assist” feature. Jumping straight in there I saw that the “Quiet Hours” had been extended to be more configurable. Instead of just silencing notifications, it is now possible to assign priorities to different applications, people in your contacts list or automatically turn off notifications when sharing a screen or when playing games.

Great news, I can silence the demons once more and not worry about those notifications any more.

Thanks for reading, now go an silence your notifications 🙂

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