Prevent Popup Notifications from Appearing on Your Windows Desktop

Windows 10notifications are important, but some people do find them annoying.Fortunately, getting rid of these pop-ups are as easy as editing a fewsettings.

This article willshow you how you can fine-tune the types of notifications you see for a more pleasantWindows experience.

Turning Off All Notifications

To turn off thenotifications, you need to go to WindowsSettings > System > Notifications & Actions. Under the Notifications section, turn off all thenotifications you want to prevent from popping up.

You can selectsettings that you want to toggle on or off:

  • Show notifications on the lockscreen
  • Show reminders and incoming VoIPcalls on the lock screen
  • Show me the Windows welcomeexperience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what’snew and suggested
  • Get tips, tricks, and suggestionsas you use Windows
  • Get notifications from apps andother senders

Alternatively,you can turn off specific app notifications. This will help you select whichapps can send you notifications.

If you don’t wantto receive any notification, turn everything off before you exit.

Hiding Notifications

There is also away for users to hide notifications rather than turning them off entirely. Thiscan be achieved through Focus Assist.

Go to Windows Settings > Focus Assist. This will bring up a setof options that allows you to configure what types of notifications youreceive. You can also set what time Windows should cease from disturbing you.

Focus Assist canalso be configured to hide notifications when you’re playing a game of whenyou’re duplicating your display.

It’s important tonote that Focus Assist will not delete your notifications. They will be storedin Action Center and will remain there until they’re dismissed.

Hiding vs Turning Off Notifications

Should you hidenotifications or disable them altogether? Well, it all depends and what type ofapps you’re working with.

Social media apps can be aggressive with push notifications. But most of those settings can be managed from the app itself. Facebook, for example, lets you choose what type of notifications actions are sent to you.

If you need to prevent Windows from interrupting, you for a few hours then hiding notifications makes more sense.

But if you’reprimarily using your computer at work, then you’d want to keep notificationsprivate. Turning off all your social media notifications would be the smartchoice.

Bonus: Disabling Lock Screen Ads

Sometimes whatyou think are notifications are ads in disguise. Some ads disappear the momentyou turn off all notifications. However, some ads continue to live on in otherplaces like your lock screen.

While they’re notnecessarily considered as notification banners, wouldn’t it be nice to get ridof those pesky lock screen ads? Here’s how:

Go to Windows Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen. Under Background, select Picture or Slideshow from the drop-down menu.

Windows Spotlight displays cool wallpapers but would occasionally throw in an ad for games and other items for sale in the Windows Store. Choosing either Picture or Slideshow stops this from happening.

Note: You canalso turn off ads in the Start menu. Go to WindowsSettings > Personalization> Start.

Turn off Show Suggestions Occasionally in Start.