Windows 11 configure notificationsSource: Windows Central

Windows 11 includes a notifications system that allows the system, apps, and websites to display banners in the bottom-right corner and Notification Center with important information, such as system alerts, unread messages, newly published articles from your favorite sites, and much more.

Notifications can be helpful to keep us on top of our digital life and things that require our attention. However, as you connect with more apps and services, the number of notifications and sounds can be overwhelming to the point that you may need a way to control them to minimize distractions.

Whatever the reason, Windows 11 comes with multiple ways to make notifications less annoying. For example, you can customize notifications for a specific app, including Microsoft Edge and the Mail app. You can disable the notifications system altogether. It's also possible to turn off badge notifications, change the time a banner displays on the screen, and control how apps show notifications. Furthermore, you can even use features like "Focus assist" to suppress interruptions while actively using the computer.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to manage the notifications system to make the experience a little less annoying.

How to disable notifications on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can disable notifications entirely or per application using the Settings app.

Disable notifications system

To disable the notifications on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Notifications page on the right side.

    Open NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Turn off the Notifications toggle switch.

    Disable notifications Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will no longer show banner notifications or in Notification Center.

If you want to enable the feature again, you can use the same instructions, but on step 4, turn on the toggle switch.

Disable notifications per application

To prevent an app from showing notifications, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Notifications page on the right side.

    Open NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Under the "Notifications from apps and other senders" section, turn off the toggle switch for the app for which you want to disable notifications.

    App disable notificationsSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the app will stop sending notifications.

How to disable sound for notifications on Windows 11

Instead of disabling the notifications system, you can turn off the sounds to make them a little less intrusive.

To disable sounds for notifications on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Notifications page on the right side.

    Open NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Notifications setting.
  5. Clear the Allow notifications to play sounds option.

    Windows 11 disable notifications soundsSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, you will continue to see banners, but they will no longer play sounds.

If you need to revert the changes, you can use the same instructions, but on step 5, check the Allow notifications to play sounds option.

How to stop notifications in the Lock screen on Windows 11

To prevent showing notifications in the Lock screen, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Notifications page on the right side.

    Open NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Notifications setting.
  5. Clear the Show notifications on the lock screen option.
  6. Clear the Show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen option.

    Lock screen disable notificationsSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the Lock screen will stop showing notifications.

If you change your mind, you can enable the settings again with the same instructions, but remember to check the options on steps 5 and 6.

How to customize notifications per app on Windows 11

Alternatively, you can also choose how notifications work per application. For example, you can change the banner behavior, sound, priority, and more.

To configure how an application should work with notifications on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Notifications page on the right side.

    Open NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Under the "Notifications from apps and other senders" section, click the app to change its settings.

    Open app alerts settingsSource: Windows Central

On this page, you can control various settings. For example, you can turn on or off notifications for the application.

App notifications settingsSource: Windows Central

You can enable notifications, but only to appear in the "Notification Center" by clearing the "Show notification banners." In addition, you can allow an app to show notification banners without showing notifications in the "Notification Center" by clearing the "Show notifications in notification center" option.

App notification banner behaviorsSource: Windows Central

It's also possible to prevent notifications from showing in the lock screen by turning on the "Hide content when notifications are on lock screen" toggle switch.

Furthermore, you can enable or disable notifications sounds for the app, and you can choose the priority of alerts in the Notification Center. For example:

  • Top — Show at the top of notification center.
  • High — Show above normal priority notifications in notification center.
  • Normal — Show below high priority notifications in notification center.

Change app notification prioritySource: Windows Central

How to change banners notifications dismiss time on Windows 11

If the problem is the duration a banner displays on the desktop, you can automatically change the duration before it's dismissed.

To change the notifications dismiss duration on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. Click the Visual effects page on the right side.

    Open Visual effects settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Choose the number of seconds to toast notifications that should appear on the screen using the "Dismiss notifications after this amount of time" setting.

    Dismiss notifications after this amount of timeSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, toast notifications will dismiss automatically after the specified duration (in seconds).

If you change your mind, the default dismiss time is five seconds.

How to disable badge notifications in the Taskbar on Windows 11

Windows 11 can also show the number of unseen messages of an application in the Taskbar using badge notifications. You can always disable the badges to prevent them from breaking your workflow.

To turn off badge notifications in the Taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Taskbar page on the right side.

    Open Taskbar settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  5. Clear the Show badges (unread messages counter) on taskbar apps option.

    Windows 11 taskbar badge disableSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, apps in the Taskbar will no longer show badges with the number to alert you of unseen messages.

At any time, you can re-enable the feature using the same instructions, but on step 5, check the Show badges (unread messages counter) on taskbar apps option.

How to enable Focus assist to suppress notifications on Windows 11

Focus assist is a feature that lets you stop notification banners and sounds to minimize interruptions when you are actively using the computer or playing games without disabling notifications altogether.

To enable Focus assist to stop Windows 11 notifications, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Focus assist page on the right side.

    Open Focus assist settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Select the Alarms only option.

    Focus assist hide notificationsSource: Windows Central

    Quick note: The Alarms only option hides all notifications, except alarms. You can also select the Priority only option and customize the list to suppress all notifications, except those in your priority list.

  5. (Optional) Check the Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on option.

Once you complete the steps, you will no longer see or hear new notifications. When you disable Focus assist, a summary of the notifications you missed will be available in the Notification Center.

Alternatively, you can also turn the feature on or off using the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut and clicking the Focus assist button once to enable "Priority list" or twice for "Alarms only."

You can learn more about using Focus assist with these instructions.

How to disable web notifications for Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

If you use Microsoft Edge, you may also receive notifications from websites. If you disable the notifications system, you won't be bothered with site alerts, but you can manage the browser settings to stop notifications for one or all sites if the feature is still enabled.

To disable web notifications on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner and select the Settings option.
  3. Click on Cookies and site permissions.
  4. Under the "All permissions" section, click the Notifications option.

    Open Microsoft Edge notifications settingsSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Turn on the Quiet notification requests toggle switch to minimize notifications.
  6. Turn off the Ask before sending toggle switch to disable notifications.

    Ask before sending optionSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the default Windows 11 web browser will no longer send web notifications. You can always turn on the Ask before sending toggle switch to anable the feature again on step No.6.

Disable notifications per website

To disable notifications for a specific website, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right and select the Settings option.
  3. Click on Cookies and site permissions.
  4. Under the "All permissions" section, click the Notifications option.

    Open Microsoft Edge notifications settingsSource: Windows Central

  5. Under the "Allow" section, click the More actions (three-dotted) button from the right side and select the Block option.

    Site block notificationsSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the browser will no longer push notifications for the specific website.

How to customize notifications for Mail app on Windows 11

Using the Mail app for Windows 11, you can also control how the app sends banner notifications for incoming emails.

To change the notifications settings for the Mail app, use these steps:

  1. Open Mail app.
  2. Click the Settings button on the bottom-left corner.
  3. Click on Notifications.

    Open Mail NotificationsSource: Windows Central

  4. Select the account to customize its notification settings. Or check the Apply to all accounts option.
  5. (Optional) Clear the Show a notification banner option.
  6. (Optional) Clear the Play a sound option.
  7. (Optional) Clear the Show notifications for folders pinned to Start option.
  8. Turn off the Show a notification banner option.

    Mail app hide notificationsSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, you will no longer receive notifications from the email client, depending on your configuration.

More Windows resources

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