How to Turn off Notifications in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to turn off or disable all Windows 11 system and apps notifications.

Windows 11 features a new way to present desktop and apps notifications which help you stay informed and updated with almost everything happening on your device. However, some notifications are annoying and can easily be turned off or disabled.

The new and improved notification area also include more programs and applications that can notify and alert you about potential issues or warning as well as basic information like event reminders.

If these notifications are becoming too noisy and overwhelming, you can turn them off with few clicks and this post is going to show you how.

For students and new users who are looking for a Windows computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

With Windows 11 notifications, you can:

  • Show notifications on the lock screen.
  • Show reminders and incoming calls on the lock screen.
  • Show Windows welcome experience after an update.
  • Get tips, trick and suggestions as you use Windows
  • Get notifications from apps and features

and more

When you’re ready to turn off or disable Windows notifications, follow the steps below:

Disable notifications from System

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the left bottom corner of the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Notifications & action on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 notifications

On the Notifications settings pane, toggle the button in the highlighted section to turn off notifications from apps and other senders.

turn off notifications windows 11

All notifications will now be turned off after switching to off in the screen shot above.

Turn Focus assist On or Off

Alternatively, you can use Focus assist to allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions. 

Instead of entirely turning notifications, which some are important, use Focus assist instead.

Focus assist is also on the Notifications settings page. Click on the highlighted section to navigate to Focus assist.

windows 11 focus assist enable

On the Focus assist settings page, you can choose which notifications are allowed. By default, Focus assist is turned off allowing all apps and systems notifications to be received.

You can turn on Focus assist and set Priority only or Alarms only.

If you select Priority only, then click on the Customize priority list to select and only enable which apps are allowed to send nonfictions.

Alarms only options disables all notifications except for Alarms.

Next, choose the time when these rules are enabled.

windows 11 focus assist priority apps

If you choose Focus assist Priority only, then go to the Customize priority list and remove apps you don’t want to receive notifications from.

Use this list to manage which apps show notifications. The rest will go straight to the notification center for review later.

windows 11 notifications focus assist

That should do it!


This post shows you how to disable all notifications in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. when I receive some notifications while the Focus assist On, I can see the notifications in the action center. but when I off the Focus assist, I can’t found the notifications any more. Then I turn on Focus assist, I can see them again.

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