How to Turn Off Notifications in Windows 11

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Turn off any non-critical notifications on your Windows 11 PC to stay productive during work hours.

Notifications undoubtedly help users keep track of any changes to the system or about any critical and/or urgent messages and emails one might receive. That being said, a constant chime of notifications is not music to anyone’s ears and is bound to irritate them.

Fortunately, Windows 11 provides you a plethora of options to tailor your notification interaction and even completely switch them off if you wish to do so. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Acessing the Notification Settings

Accessing notifications settings on Windows is as plain-sailing as it gets, and would require virtually no extra effort from you.

To reach notification settings, launch the ‘Settings’ app from the Start Menu present on your taskbar.

Then, click on the ‘System’ tab from the left sidebar present on the ‘Settings’ window.

After that, locate and click on the ‘Notifications’ tile present on the right section of the window.

You will now be able to see all notification-related settings on your screen.


Turn Off All Notifications for All Apps

Fortunately, Windows provides a way to turn off all notifications from all apps including Microsoft’s own apps. However, you will still get notifications regarding the tips and tricks to use your Windows computer along with suggestions on how to set up your device.

To do so, from the ‘Notifications’ screen, toggle the switch to the ‘Off’ position that is located on the ‘Notifications’ tile.

And that’s it you will not receive any notification on your Windows machine henceforth.


Turn Off Notifications for Select Apps

If you wish to turn off notifications for select apps only, Windows has got your back there as well. Moreover, Windows also allows you to tailor the delivery of notifications from individual apps as well.

To do so, from the ‘Notifications’ screen, scroll down and locate the ‘Notifications from apps and other senders’ section. Then, again scroll down to manually locate the app you wish to turn off the notifications for and click on the switch to toggle it to the ‘Off’ position present on the far right edge of each app tile

Silent Notifications Instead of Turning Off

In case you wish to just turn off visual or audio clues for notifications of apps, you can do that as well.

To do so, click on the individual app tile you wish to silent the notifications, present under the ‘Notifications from apps and other senders’ section.

To turn off visual elements, click to uncheck the checkbox preceding the ‘Show notifications banners’ option to turn off the banners popping out on your Windows machine.

In case, you also don’t want to see the notifications in the notification center, click to uncheck the checkbox preceding the ‘Show notifications in notifications center’ option.

Now, to turn off audio clues for the notifications, locate the ‘Play a sound when a notification arrives’ section and then turn the toggle switch present right under it to the ‘Off’ position.

In case you have still opted for your notifications to appear in the notifications center, you can also decide the priority of the notifications of the specific app. Locate the ‘Priority of notifications in notification center’ section and click on the radio button preceding your desires priority level for the app.


Use Focus Assist on your Windows 11 PC

If you have been using Focus Assist on Windows 10, you can use that on Windows 11 too.

To do so, from the ‘Notifications’ screen, click on the ‘Focus assist’ tile present on the screen.

Next, to configure which notifications will be allowed during Focus Assist active hours, click on the ‘carat’ icon present on the far right edge of the ‘Focus assist’ tile.

Then, you can either choose the ‘Priority only’ option to receive notifications only from the app included in your priority list, which can be changed according to your preference by clicking on the ‘Customize priority list’ option that is located under the ‘Priority only’ option.

Otherwise, to completely turn off notifications when the ‘Focus assist’ is active, click to choose the ‘Alarms only’ option to only allow alarms.

Next, if you wish to receive a summary of all the notifications you missed during the ‘Focus assist’ active hours click to tick the checkbox preceding the ‘Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on’ option.

Then, to set scheduled active hours for ‘Focus assist’ scroll down and locate the ‘Automatic rules’ section. Next, click on the ‘During these times’ tile to set a schedule.

Next, toggle the switch to the ‘On’ position located under the ‘Choose when you want focus assist to run’ field. After that, choose a ‘Start time’ and ‘End time’ by clicking on the respective time selection tool present under each section.

Next, you can also set the frequency to automatically enable the ‘Focus assist’ by clicking on the drop-down menu present under the ‘Repeats’ section and then click to choose your desired frequency.

After that, click on the drop-down menu present under the ‘Focus level’ option.

Then, select your preferred option from the menu to receive the notifications on your machine accordingly.

Now, in case you want to receive a notification when the ‘Focus assist’ is turned on, click on the checkbox preceding the ‘Show notification in action center when focus assist is turned on automatically’ option.


There you go folks, that’s all about regarding turning off the Windows notifications and everything related to it.