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    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10


    Quiet Hours is a feature in Windows 10 that disables showing all notifications. Any notifications you get while Quiet Hours is turned on will still appear in the Action Center for you to review later.

    Are there certain times when you donít want to be interrupted or just need to stay focused on what youíre doing? Starting with Windows 10 build 17074, you can automatically choose those times when you donít want to be bothered with Quiet Hours automatic rules.
    • Quiet Hours will automatically turn on when you are duplicating your display. Never get interrupted during presentations again!
    • Quiet Hours will turn on automatically when you are playing a full screen exclusive DirectX game.
    • You can set the schedule that works for you so that Quiet Hours are always on when you want them. Go to Settings > System > Quiet Hours to configure your schedule.
    • Customize your own priority list so that your important people and apps always breakthrough when Quiet Hours are on. People pinned to your task bar with always break through!
    • See a summary of what you missed while you were in Quiet Hours.
    • If youíre using Cortana, you can also have Quiet Hours turn on while youíre at home.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, Quiet Hours has been renamed to Focus Assist.

    The priority list allows you to manage which notifications are allowed. The rest will go straight to action center when you have Quiet Hours turned on to Priority only. Alarms will still work though.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn switch between Focus Assist modes for when you see notifications for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Action Center Quick Action
    • Option Two: Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Action Center
    • Option Three: Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Settings





    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10
    Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Action Center Quick Action

    1. Open Action Center (Win+A).

    2. Click/tap on the Quiet hours quick action button to toggle what you want set. (see screenshots below)

    The Quiet hours quick action button in Windows 10 builds earlier than build 17074 will only toggle on or off Quiet Hours.

    • Off - Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
    • Priority only - See only notifications from the priority list. The rest will go straight to action center.
    • Alarms only - Hide all notifications, except for alarms.

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    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10
    Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Action Center


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17083.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Microsoft updated the Action Center context menu such that the three focus assist states are now collapsed under one expandable entry.

    1. Right click or press and hold on the Action Center button on the taskbar.

    2. Click/tap on the focus assist mode you want to use. (see screenshot below)
    • Off - Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
    • Priority only - See only notifications from the priority list. The rest will go straight to action center.
    • Alarms only - Hide all notifications, except for alarms.

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    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10
    Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17074.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Quiet hours on the left side, and select (dot) Off, Priority only, or Alarms only on the right side for what you want to set for Quiet Hours. (see screenshot below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    26 Sep 2015 #1

    How do I actually set the quiet hours?

    I want to set it from 10 pm to 7 am, but I cannot find the setting control to specify the time.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 27,214
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
    Thread Starter
       26 Sep 2015 #2

    Hello Satchmo,

    I'm afraid that currently there's not a way to set a time for Quiet Hours. Only to turn it on or off for now.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    22 Dec 2015 #3

    Truly retarded you can not set the hours.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 471
    Windows 10.0.16299.19 (1709) Home 64-bit
       15 Nov 2017 #4

    Is it safe to use the BAT file at startup as a workaround for the Quiet Hours turning itself on bug? So far, it seems to be working for that purpose, but I don't know whether it's safe to close and restart explorer while things are launching.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 27,214
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
    Thread Starter
       15 Nov 2017 #5

    Hello Greg,

    It's safe. They will continue to load at startup as usual.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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