Windows 10's Focus Assist feature hides temporary incoming messages. In Windows 10's next update, Focus Assist can be enabled when using a fullscreen app, whether it's YouTube in a web browser, Netflix or a desktop video player like VLC.
This feature will be part of Windows 10's upcoming update, code name 19h1, and is expected to be released in April 2019. Microsoft only added this feature to Insider build 18277, released on November 7th.
"Focus Assist" was back in the April 2018 update. Windows 10 can automatically enable it when playing a full screen game or projecting your monitor, or even between certain hours. It's like a "Do not Disturb" Mode for Windows 10. When you disable Focus Assist, when you stop playing a game or watching a video-possible notifications you missed summarized for you. These are all customizable.
In Windows 10 19H1, Focus Assist gets a new option that will hide messages when using a fullscreen application. It's called "When I'm using an app in fullscreen mode" and is available with the other Focus Assist settings in Settings> System> Focus Assist.
So, when using any type of fullscreen app, whether it's a fullscreen YouTube video in Chrome or another browser, a Netflix stream, or even a downloaded video being played in VLC, Movies & TV, or another app-Focus Assist can automatically disable incoming messages to avoid disturbing you. If you use your computer as a media center, this may be very useful.
There is only one catch: Many windows programs use their own custom type of messages and ignore this setting. Focus Assist only affects Windows applications that use regular Windows messages-the type shown in the Action Center.
Maybe you want to watch some messages while watching a video, that's great too. You can set Focus Assist to the "Priority Only" mode and configure a list of priority applications. Focus Assist provides messages from specific applications you care about.
And of course you do not need to use Focus Assist if you do not want it. You can only turn it off its setup page and forget it exists.
How to hide messages while viewing videos today
If you want Focus Assist to hide messages while watching videos today, you can open Action Center by pressing Windows + A or by clicking on Message bubble icon on the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen. Click on the "Focus Assist" plate to switch it on. If you do not see the plate, click on the "Expand" link.
You must return here and turn it off again to see messages. But when the next Windows 10 update comes, Windows 10 can automatically turn on and off for you.
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The latest Insider Preview Building also adds some other cool features. In Action Center, the brightness screen has been turned into a slider so you can quickly adjust the screen brightness. Microsoft now allows "Let Windows try to fix apps so they're not blurred" by default to help fix blurred apps when you change the display's DPI settings.
And you can now customize Windows 10 Application Guard for Microsoft Edge settings right from Windows Defender, so you do not need to dig in Group Policy to customize Microsoft's locked browser environment.