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How to disable Action Center in Windows 10

Starting with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new system notification feature to allow the operating system and apps to notify users of certain events. To make the notifications a complete feature in Windows 10 the software giant introduced the Action Center, which you can use to view and manage missed notifications.

While, the Action Center is a welcome addition to the operating system, it might not be a feature for every user. Perhaps, you don't like or simply don't use the feature very often. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can disable Action Center in Windows 10. As such, in this new guide, we'll show you have easy is to disable the feature using the Registry Editor or using the Local Group Policy Editor.

Disabling Action Center using the Registry Editor

Important: Before you make any changes to the operating system, it's critical to note that modifying the Windows Registry can be problematic as changes can cause irreversible problems to your system when you don't know what you are doing. As such, it's always recommended that you make a full backup of your computer or, at least, you create a System Restore Point before proceeding with this guide. You have been warned!

After you have taken the necessary measures to protect your system, you can follow the steps below to disable Action Center.

  1. Go to the Start menu, do a search for regedit, and hit Enter to launch the Registry Editor as an administrator.
  2. Navigate the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer.
  3. If you don't find the Explorer key under Windows, you need to create it. Right-click on the Windows key, select New, then Key, and name the new entry Explorer.

  1. Inside Explorer, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit). Then name the key: DisableNotificationCenter.

  1. Double-click the new key and change the value to from 0 to 1.

  1. Restart your computer and you should no longer see the Action Center or its icon in the system tray.

Disabling Action Center using Local Group Policy Editor

If you don't feel adventures modifying the Windows Registry, you can always opt to perform the same task using the Local Group Policy Editor. However, remember that the Local Group Policy Editor is available in Windows 10 Pro, if you're running Windows 10 Home, your only option is to modify the Windows Registry as shown above.

  1. Go to Start, do a search for edit group policy, and hit Enter to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Under Local Computer Policy, expand User Configuration, and navigate through Administrative Templates, and click on Start Menu and Taskbar.

  1. Find and double-click Remove Notifications and Actions Center.
  2. Now, select the Enabled option, click Apply and OK.

  1. Reboot your computer and you should no longer see the Action Center or its icons in the system tray.

Keep in mind that this action will disable the Action Center, but you will still see toast notifications. If you want to disable toast notifications, then go to the Settings app > System > Notifications & actions, and turn off the notifications you don't want to see anymore.

That's all there is to it.

Do you use Action Center in Windows 10 regularly? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

84 Comments
  • I wish this tutorial was there a month ago before I switched to LInux. I hated Windows 10 with a passion.
  • And you came to WINDOWSCentral.com to complain. Good for you.
  • I'm not trying to make anyone upset, but he (or she) could own other Microsoft devices, such as an Xbox.
  • I do have a Lumia 920 kept in drawer somewhere. I do not play games so no XBox.
  • I said 'if' I knew I could disable that thing (plus several others) it may have lessened my hate for the incomplete and ugly OS and may be I would have stayed on Windows 10.
  • You know how to use Linux and don't know how to use the Registry Editor?
  • You can't tweak combine the two Control/Setting Panels into one. It's there by design and user can't do sh but bear it. Many other things like that.
  • I'm not sure if trolling or... Seriously, this change would not make you like W10 if you hated it.
  • He's trolling... You have to overlook this type of foolishness.
  • He is trolling. Moving from windows to Linux is not so easy
  • Just ask WindowsCentral to pass my data to you (if there is any chance they can or they will) only to prove that I visit this site with Opera on a Ubuntu MATE machine. I did not need to cater to your stupid comment but anyway.
  • Thanks for all your super helpful comments that really added a nice richness to this discussion. You sir are a good man. /s
  • As if people calling me troll is a result of a constructive thought. Dude, I just said in a single statement what I genuinly felt and look how people hated that and slapped more than 15 negative votes for it. That's harsh. If this community can't even tolerate a simple statement like that I really will have second thoughts about commenting here again. Instead of just commenting with a word like "troll" or "foolish", if there was some better input from the people, I would have tried my best to put better discussion. But what answers do you expect if you are asked stupid questions? And people say why do I or someone complain on WindowsCentral? First of all, I or anyone else do not complain to a specific person so they can shut up. There are some Microsoft engineers in this forum (I have never seen them comment though) who may take a hint from people who complain about something. Second, I or for that matter anyone who is here is because s/he is interested in the Windows' development and the direction it is going. Some people do not like the direction it is headed or the transition state it is in so they oppose it through comments. And now after reading it, as I have noticed happening with other people, I may also see comments like "you're not needed" and "you won't be missed" which will again prove something about those people. Anyway, that's the way people behave here or most places over the internet - as rude as they can be for no reason at all.
  •   you need to go on holiday
  • I can't wait for up/down vote support in the WC app to upvote your (Sarveshwar's) long comment, just for support.
  • Yes. I am sure too that 'only' this would not have made me like the OS. I actually hate the inconsistency. But if there was a way to make it more like Windows 7 with the under the hood performance of 8/8.1, it would have been actually nice. Flat design is good but they should maintain some consistency. Mixture of isometric and flat icons on the same screen is so ugly.
  • I prefer Windows 7 design over Windows 10, as well.
  • like the old saying.. "taste is like the a$$hole, everybody has their own.". enjoy your linux and keep it to yourself. thx
  • I did the Linux thing for a bit when I first switched to win 8, but getting the system to do basic stuff I was used to required sudo commands from the console to update repositories etc... Linux will always have a place amongst pc's but it will always be a very s niche. Windows 10 still needs work but even in its infancy is superior to Ubuntu/mint/cinnamon etc... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android because I am unfortunately with Sprint
  • It's secure by design. If you increase the UAC on Windows to the highest level, it will ask you to type in your password a lot, too. I use both Windows 7 and Mint KDE, personally.
  • Lol yeah its not a great replacement yet
  • Yes, it is not in no way. The simplicity of Windows can't be paralleled yet by any Linux distro. But if someone has the slightest of computer knowledge and some technical common sense, s/he can use Linux like a champ.
  • Hey everyone, Linux now has 15 users! It truly is the year of Linux!!!
  • Switching to linux because action center.... Are you some kind of a freak?
  • LOL..Some freaks are scared of the action center....
  • ;) I see what you did there Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I wish you could customise the notification sounds as per phones and limit them to live notifications. You turn on your tablet of an evening and get a string of "diddle-bong" noises for Twitter events that happened during the day in which you're no longer interested.
  • There is a setting. You can disable notifications for apps, or make them silent only, etc...
  • I can't disable notification from WINDOWS DEFENDER. I disabled it but still get THREAT IS blah blah blah
  • Next thing you'll be crying that your computer became slow 'cause of blah blah blah... You don't ignore such messages, read them and take proper action.
  • I've already read them elsewhere, muppet, that was my point. Windows at least needs to consolidate three or more into a "you have new Twitter notifications" notification.
  • Huh? You sure you replied to the right comment?
  • I've done that but individual customization would be better as well.
  • I've gotten into the habit of turning on quiet hours or muting the sound before putting my laptop and surface book to sleep, so when they start up I don't get 3 minutes of noise.
  • Yeah, something wakes up my bedrom desktop around 4am. The screen lights up and it starts dinging a separate ding for every email that came in while it was alseep. I wish I could just figure out what's waking it up.
  • http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/stop-windows-computer-randomly-waking/
  • Yeah at least that spirit in your bedroom is loving windows 10.... Well done Microsoft, you made fantasy world attract towards windows 10
  • I personally love the action center!
  • Why the **** would you want to do this?????
  • People who dont need that conflabbed, newfangled technology. Windows 7 4Life!  NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!!  
  • Why not? I personally don't use it but it also doesn't hinder me.
  • Old people who can't change with the times and then complain about that progress and help muddle up the OS with anti-progress comments on the Feedback. If you love the past so much please stay there and let the world pass you by in peace.
  • ^this
  • The word you're looking for is "conformity".
  • seriously...why should I do this? This is a ridiculous discussion but yeah good to know
  • How so?
  • It's not ridiculous to those of us who despise this action/notification center passionately. If I could remove it from my phone, I'd do it in a heartbeat. At least I've now killed it on all my W10 test PC/tablet devices.
  • What's wrong with it? You can just turn off notifications and live with it. It's not like it's doing anything to your experience except adding an extra tiny button to your taskbar. 
  • I like the toasts.  I use live tiles exclusively to keep me in the know about what's outstanding.  Too many times, though, I've accidentally clicked that stupid icon or accidentally swiped from the right and been assaulted by that notification center.  I want it GONE.
  • I literally deal with hundreds of emails daily at work. No need to have this feature. And shouldn't have to jump through hoops to disable it either. IMHO.
  • Hum interesting at lest
  • This is the first time I FOUND a odd topic on WC. This is good to know but contradictory to the Windows development
  • Lots of dinosaurs in the Windows community with big mouths.
  • Wish this could be done on mobile too in some way. The action centre often breaks down. The clear all button is always seen with no visible notifications. And when there is actually a notification still it won't show anything. Restarting doesn't work. It gets fixed automatically but takes a couple of days :/
  • People hate the action center? Errrr!?
  • People hate everything... :/
  • Yes, believe it or not. Gumming up my user experience with junk like that is something some of us hate.
  • Never would disable it! So handy to get all my mail notifications! ^^
  • That's why I have tiles pinned to the Start screen. I don't need a lame notification center.
  • THANK YOU for this!  I hate everything about Windows 10 compared to Windows 8, and the Action/Notification center is WAY up on the list.  Now, if someone can figure out how to kill this on the PHONE (both W10 AND WP8.1) I'd be a little happier.
  • Then downgrade and quit your whining, worse than a spoiled five year old
  • Thank you!  That damned thing is so anoying (and useless) on a media PC! 
     
  • I understand why some people might want to do this, but I personally think it's a bad idea for Winodws Central to publish and endorse unsuported methods of hacking Windows which could cause users' installations to break in the future.  There are plenty of sites that give people sketchy ways to "fix" Windows, and I suspect many of these suggestions are the reasons people have poor experiences following Windows upgrades.
  • They warned people about modifying the registry.
  • I agree. Sad to see WC doing this. Hack this hack that to do this or that really shouldn't be found on this site IMHO.
  • Why would anyone want this? It boggles the mind.
  • Why would anyone do this? Because it's half baked and not syncing correctly. It's a mess. Like said before, if you start your PC you see a loooong list with all kinds of notifications of things you already dealt with on your windows mobile. It doesn't sync and remove what is being dealt with. I'm constantly clearing the notification center because of this. 9/10 times it's filled with old stuff. Microsoft seriously need to improve syncing of notifications.
  • I use the action center to know if I have an incoming email. Also game achievements too!
  • Only crazy people around from what I see. And there are still dinosaurs that stick to their xp/7 machines. Because let's hate the new things bandwagon.
  • Some people would like to know how to install DOS. Of course, I'm not talking about garbage versions 7 & 8. Who needs annoying FAT32 or ability too boot up from CD. DOS 6.22 is the best OS ever.
  • If you pin a nice transparent email live tile on the top right corner of the W10 phone, there is no need to use action to check emails. Only thing that craps good for is it has the latest updates in it on occasion.
  • Is there a way to have the action centre and toasts to show up on your second monitor rather than your main one
  • Why should I disable such a great feature?!!!! WHY?????? AC is great in windows 10
  • Talk about progress.
  • My computer has disabled the Action Center itself and notifications tab and I want them back! What do I do?  
  • Here's the trick! Go to: Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Notification Area > "Turn system icons on or off". Yes, Personalisation! None of the other methods mentioned in this article work after installing the Win10 Anniversary Update. This Settings location is completely counter-intuitive, since the obvious place to put it would be under System > "Notifications and Actions," which is where most users have been looking. It took me simply ages to find this magical setting! I hope this helps other post-Anniversary Update victims!
  • Thank you, sir. Had to scroll through all these B.S. comments, people arguing about how they think an Operating System should behave, to find this gem at the bottom. Registered just so I could thank you, and to never return to this cesspool of crap.
  • I'm seconding this. Thanks a lot! Most of the guides I've been looking for don't mention that you don't select 'Select which icons appear on the taskbar' button, instead of the 'Turn system icons on or off' option first. So it always sounds like you'd click the first button, then click the second in the first's menu. Not it just being grouped along with the second option.
  • You're quite welcome! I'm glad to share my hard-won PC knowledge with other users. Thanks for the thanks!
  • I'm quite comfortable adjusting the registry, but this is the best fix.  Thnx Ken.
  • I tried it and it still keeps popping up!
  • Thanks for this,  For all those who would question why you would want to do this.  I'm building an industrial tablet, in which the user can't modify anything.  The AC give notifications that can lead to changes.  This includes the WLAN.  As the system is oprating in a complex mobile environment. 240tonne trucks with high powered WiFi. and lots of data.  We can't run Active Directory and need to lock the tablets down.  We also need an OS that is keeping up with the hardware tech.  So remote admin is done explicitly with Hyena and the tablets are all stand alone domains.  All changes are explicit and monitored.  The systems actually run a VMware VDI to attach the the corporate lan.  So yes there is a good reason to need to do this.
  • I do not want Action Center on my computer. I will not try to modify my Registry to remove it. Get it off my computer or tell me where I can take it to have it removed at your expense!
  • There must be a new update because nothing is working for me. I don't have any registry app or policy app. There is no action center option in the notifications and actions. I went to personalization and notifications and clicked turn icons on or off and switched action center off but it is still popping up! This is really annoying. Why would the people who create these updates keeping forcing this on us. I don't understand.