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How to customize Action Center in Windows 10

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

The home for all your notifications in Windows 10 is the Action Center, and much like everything else in Windows, if you customize it to fit your specific needs you will love your PC even more.

The Action Center has a few different options you can change around to personalize your experience, and we will take you through them all step-by-step.

How to change your quick actions in Action Center on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Click on the quick action you want to change. They are the four boxes at the top of the menu.
  2. Click on the option you want to be a quick action. Your options are as follows:
    • All settings
    • Connect
    • Project
    • Battery saver
    • VPN
    • Bluetooth
    • Brightness
    • Note
    • Wi-Fi
    • Quiet hours
    • Location
    • Airplane mode
    • Tablet mode

How to hide tips about Windows in Action Center on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Flip the switch underneath Show me tips about Windows so that it turns off.

Click on the switch underneath the words Show me tips about Windows.

How to hide app notifications in Action Center on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

Click on the Start Menu button and then click on settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Flip the switch underneath Show app notifications so that it turns off.

How to hide notifications on the lock screen on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Flip the switch underneath Show notifications on the lock screen so that it turns off.

Click the switch underneath the words show notifications on the lock screen.

How to receive notifications while presenting on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Flip the switch underneath Hide notifications while presenting so that it turns off. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.

How to turn off notifications from specific apps in Action Center on Windows 10.

  1. Click on the Start Menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on System.
  2. Click on Notifications and actions.

  1. Flip the switch beside the app you no longer want notifications from so that it turns off. In this example, we use Slack.

Do you customize your Action Center?

How do you customize the Action Center on your Windows 10 PC? Let us know in the comment section below!

19 Comments
  • My built up PC doesn't have Bluetooth in it but even then it always shows ON in the action center. No idea why.
  • That might be driver related.
  • This is a PC with all really good parts (reputed brands) and its always up to date (OS, Drivers).
    Not sure why its so. And even my LOCATION is on even though I really don't have a GPS device.
  • Location can be determined by connecting to wifi, you don't need a gps for that and it may be possible that you have installed (automatically or by accident) a bluetooth driver, even though you don't have the hardware for it. Some PC's can come in different configuration's (with or without bluetooth for example), but have the same drivers for each configuration.
  • Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks !
  • It also happen to me, I use AR9485, but sometimes the bluetooth icon is disappear
  • My PC doesn't even have a Bluetooth button in the action centre. Check device manager. You might have a driver installed but no hardware for it.
  • I wish I could get rid of the firewall reminders!
  • You can. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I cant find Bluetooth options in devices, settings in my xps 13
  • I think its second time post.
  • I'm interested in what program you used for the circle focus point on screenshot :)   
  • Definitely not the magnification tool. I want to know it too.
  • Me too, author please reply
  • I just wish it was possible to bring back the power button and windows key to the action center. You hear me Microsoft. its the one thing that irritates me on my tablet. Every once in a while I go back to 8.1 mind set and swipe from right to left only to be disappointed. Then there is the stupid tiny power button n awkward location. I'm dreading the upgrade to a surface 4 knowing that the capacitive button is dead
  • Oh, and I am constantly confused by airplane mode. Its always highlighted-on. Even when Bluetooth and WiFi is active. It irritates the crap out of me.
  • Yeah mine too! I wonder why is that.
  • It would be nice if each new build didn't reset my quick action settings. Also, I miss seeing the network ID on the Wi-Fi icon.
  • Hi... Is there anyway to create your own custom push notifications for the Win 10 action centre? Like you can with Android and iOS using IFTTT?   Thanks