Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10  

    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
    Published by Category: General Tips
    02 Mar 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10

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

    Focus Assist is a feature in Windows 10 that disables showing all notifications. Any notifications you get while Focus Assist 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 focus assist automatic rules.
    • Focus assist will automatically turn on when you are duplicating your display. Never get interrupted during presentations again!
    • Focus assist 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 focus assist is always on when you want them. Go to Settings > System > Focus assist to configure your schedule.
    • Customize your own priority list so that your important people and apps always breakthrough when focus assist is on. People pinned to your task bar with always break through!
    • See a summary of what you missed while you were in focus assist.
    • If youíre using Cortana, you can also have focus assist turned on while youíre at home.

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

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, Focus assist will now turn on automatically when youíre playing any full screen game. No more interruptions when youíre crushing it. This behavior should be turned on automatically, but ensure the When Iím playing a game automatic rule is enabled.

    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










    OPTION ONE

    Switch Between Focus Assist Modes from Action Center Quick Action


    1 Open Action Center (Win+A).

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

    The Focus assist quick action button in Windows 10 builds earlier than build 17074 will only toggle on or off Focus Assist.


    • 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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    OPTION TWO

    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 Focus assist, and click/tap on the mode below to you want to use to check it. (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.

    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10-focus_assist_w10_build_17093.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    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 Focus assist on the left side, and select (dot) Off, Priority only, or Alarms only on the right side for what mode you want to set for focus assist. (see screenshot below)

    3 You can now close Settings if you like.

    Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10-focus_assist_settings.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. satchmo's Avatar
    Posts : 172
    Windows 10
       #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.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,694
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #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.
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  3. Posts : 4
    10
       #3

    Truly retarded you can not set the hours.
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  4. gregyurkon's Avatar
    Posts : 413
    Windows 10.0.18363 (1909) Home 64-bit
       #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.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,694
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hello Greg, :)

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


  6. Posts : 25
    Win 10 Pro
       #6

    Is there any way to enable this for non-directx games? Currently I have to manually turn it on while playing DMC5 and of course I always forget to do so and of course I get email notifications at the worst time possible in game. It wouldnt be so bad but I have HDR so the screen flashes black and then back to SDR and then back again to HDR, because the notification is not HDR which can be really annoying.
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