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How to use and customize the Windows 10 Action Center

  desktop showing action center

With Action Center, Windows 10 finally offers a central place for messages and quick action to live. How to use and customize it.

For the longest time, messages in Windows have been something of a joke. Even in Windows 8, which finally provided toast messages that may pop up and then cease, there was no way to see outgoing messages that you might have missed. Windows 1

0 addresses this with the Action Center, a frame that groups and displays messages, and also provides quick action such as Wi-Fi, Silent hours, and Night lights.

The action center is easy to use,

Viewing messages in Action Center

Toast messages still rule in Windows 10, and slide out from the lower right edge of the desktop (just above the notification area on the taskbar) when an app needs to announce something.

 message displayed on the desktop

If you do not reject a notification yourself, it will automatically disappear after about six seconds. When you have new messages, the Action Center icon in the message field turns white and displays a number mark showing how many new messages there are (to the left below). If there are no new messages, it will see the icon empty and free (right).

 compare icons when there are no messages

Click on that icon (what status it is in) to open the Action Center, a box that slides out of the right edge of the screen. Action Center displays all your latest messages, grouped by app.

 action center displaying various messages

When you click on a notification in the Action Center, what happens on the app will notify you. Mostly when you click on a message, something that is relevant is achieved. For example, if you click on the OneDrive screenshot entry in our example screenshot above, OneDrive opens the current folder and highlights the specific file.

Sometimes the message explains the results of clicking it. In our example, the click from Razer Synapse begins on an available update starting that update.

Clearing Messages from Action Center

If you hold the mouse pointer over any special message in the action panel, you can click the "Clear" button (X) in the upper right corner to clear the message from the display. Note that when you clear a notification there is no way to download it.

 click on X to reject a notification

You can clear all messages for an app group by hovering the mouse over the name of the app and then clicking the "Clear" button that appears there.

 click X next to an app to reject all messages from that app

And finally, you can clear all messages by clicking the text "Clear All" at the bottom right of the Action Center ( just above the quick action buttons).

 clearing all messages

Customizing messages

You can't customize much about how the Action Center displays messages, but there are ways to customize the notifications themselves. All this happens in the Settings app, so press Windows + I to postpone it and then click on the "System" option.

 selects System Settings

On the "System" page

 selects the category of messages and actions

In the right pane, scroll down to the "Messages" section and you Find what you need.

 Notification Options

Here's an overview of the primary settings:

  • Viewing messages on the lock screen: Turn off this to prevent messages from appearing when the computer is locked.
  • Show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen: If you turn off messages on the lock screen, you can still see reminders and incoming calls. Turn off this setting to disable such types of messages on the lock screen.
  • Show me Windows welcome experience and Get tips, tricks and suggestions : Close these two settings if you are not interested in seeing tips, suggestions or ads.
  • Get messages from apps and other senders: Turn off this setting to completely disable messages.

If you scroll a little further in the right box, message senders are displayed for individual senders ("sender" is what Windows apps and other message sources are).

 selects notification options for individual apps

Note that you necessarily see each app you have installed that is listed here. Some apps have their own message settings that you need to configure from the app. Nevertheless, any app you get through Windows Store, as well as many desktop apps, can be configured from this section.

Turn off the switch next to any listed app to disable messages from it.

 on and off for apps

Click on the name of an app to open another page that lets you customize the settings of that app in more detail.

 click on an app's name to see more details

On the app settings page, you can disable app notifications, choose whether banners are displayed or sounds are played, prevent messages from being added to Action Center and also check the number of messages the app can display

RELATED: How to prioritize notifications in Windows 10 Action Center

At the bottom of the page you will also find controls to control the priority of the App messages in Action Center

 entry details for an app

And another tip for you: if for some reason you would, you could check (at least to some extent) do not like it at all , you can completely disable the Action Center.

Customizing Quick Action Buttons

In the lower part of the Action Center, you see four or eight quick action buttons, depending on your screen size and resolution. These include by default buttons for Focus Assist, Network, Night Light and All settings on the top row. Click a button to take the associated action (ie disable and turn off night light).

If you click on the "Expand" text just above the buttons …

click expand to see more quick action

… you'll reveal all available quick action buttons .

 All quick actions appear

You can customize these quick action buttons to a modest degree. While you can't add custom custom action buttons, you can control which buttons appear in the Action Center and in which order.

Tap Windows + I to open the Settings app and then click "System"

 click on the system option in the settings

On the "System" settings page, switch to the "Messages" category and measures ".

 click on notifications and actions category

In the right pane at the top you see the section "Quick action" and all available quick action buttons.

 available quick action is displayed in setting app [19659003] Drag any of these buttons to adjust the order they appear in the Action Center.

 drag to reorganize quick action

If there are buttons you'd rather not see in Action Center at all, click on the "Add or Remove Quick Actions" link.

 click Add or Remove Quick Link Link for more

Use the switches on the resulting page to turn specific buttons on or off.

 Adds and Removes Quick Actions

And before you know it, you have your Action Center as you like.

As you can see, Action Center is a welcome addition to the Windows operating system. Finally, you have a place to see messages you may have missed and the ability to have specific system settings directly at hand.

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