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Configure Focus Assist in Windows 10 & Manage Notifications

How to Manage Notifications effectively in Windows 10 using Focus Assist

Focus Assist Windows 10

Focus Assist Windows 10: Notification from Windows 10 is usually of two types, a pop-up notification and a silent notification on Action center. The silent notifications on Action center are generally not a problem but the pop-up notifications can really be annoying when you are working or playing a game or watching a movie in full screen or while duplicating your screen. In this article, we will check the steps of managing these notifications from Windows 10 using Focus Assist.

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Configure Focus Assist & Manage Notifications in Windows 10:

Focus Assist is one of the effective features from Windows 10 that lets you configure your notifications on Windows 10 so that you can have a pleasant and peaceful experience with Windows 10. Follow the below steps of the article to configure your Windows 10 Focus Assist.

  1. The first step is to go to the Windows Settings. Go to Windows Settings using the shortcut Win Key + I.
  2. Now, we have to proceed with the “System” settings.
    System Settings
    System Settings
  3. From the left pane, proceed with Focus Assist.
    Focus Assist
    Focus Assist
  4. Under Focus Assist, you can now specify how the notifications should happen in Windows 10. There will be three options available.
  • Off
  • Priority only
  • Alarms only
    Focus Assist options
    Focus Assist options


This option will turn off Focus Assist in Windows 10. Turning off Focus Assist will allow all the notifications to appear from your applications and contacts. With this option, you will not miss any notification but sometimes it can be annoying.

Priority only:

This is actually the most effective option for Focus Assist. You can specify which apps to show the notifications. Those prioritized app’s notifications will only be shown and other notifications from other applications will directly go to the Action center which you can check out using the shortcut Win Key + A.

Alarms only:

With this option, only alarms will be notified and all the other notifications from the apps and contacts will not be shown.

We will leave the choices to you. You can choose the best option suitable for you based on your requirements.

Customize the priority list of Focus Assist in Windows 10:

Let us focus on the “Priority only” option in detail. We will customize the priority only so that you can manage your notifications from Focus Assist. Follow the below steps.

  • Click on Customize your priority list of Priority only.
    Customize your priority list
    Customize your priority list
  • Here, you can specify what are all the notifications you can receive on Windows 10 while you are working. the options include Calls, texts, reminders, pinned contacts, apps, store apps, and more.
    Priority list for Focus Assist
    Priority list for Focus Assist
  • If you wish to add an app to your Priority list, then click Add an app.
  • From the list of installed store apps, you can choose the apps that you wish to add to your priority list.
    Add an app
    Add an app

Manage Automatic rules of Focus Assist:

Automatic rules of focus Assist
Automatic rules of focus Assist

There are a number of rules pre-defined in Windows 10 that configure Focus Assist. Setting up these rules will restrict all the notifications from being shown other than Priority only or Alarms only. The available Automatic rules are

  • During these times.
  • While duplicating display.
  • While playing a game.
  • When an app is in full screen.
  • When you are at home.

During these times:

  • First of all, enable the Toggle button of this option.
  • You can specify a time where you don’t want to be disturbed. Click on the option “During these times“.
  • Here, you can specify the Start time, End time, Repeats, Focus level(Priority or Alarms only).
    Options in "During these times"
    Options in “During these times”

While duplicating display:

When you are duplicating your display(mostly during project presentations, seminars, and similar activities), you may not need your notifications showing up on the duplicated screen. Hence, you can turn off your notifications while you are using a duplicating display. You can also specify the focus level to Priority only or Alarms only.

Other options such as “while playing a game, when an app is in full screen” will restrict notifications to either priority only or alarms only based on your settings.

Let Cortana Manage Notifications of Windows 10(When you are home):

This is one of the interesting features of Windows 10. This option will let Cortana check your location and if it finds that you are on the specified home address, then it will automatically restrict your notifications to either Priority only or Alarms only based on your settings. Follow to below steps to set up this option in Windows 10.

  • Click on Add your Address.
    Add your Address
    Add your Address
  • The notebook will open now. Click on Add a place.
    Add a place
    Add a place
  • You can now search for your place and set it.
    Search for your place
    Search for your place
  • You can give it a nickname, and set it as Home or Work or Favorite. Finally, click on Save.
    Save the Location
    Save the Location

Conclusion of the Article:

The above article provides detailed information on Focus Assist of Windows 10 and explains the various options available in Focus Assist. If you have any queries with the above article, please let us know in the comment section.

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