How to Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 10

In this post, we will see how to turn on or off Focus Assist in Windows 10 using Action Center, Windows Settings. Focus assist allows you to avoid the noise of notifications by suppresses certain notifications on Windows 10 devices when you need to focus on important tasks and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions when you are duplicating your display, playing a game, or using an app in full-screen mode. You can control any or all of these, as well as determining to what level notifications are suppressed.

How Focus assist works?

  • Work the way you want. Focus assist gives you the flexibility to choose when to block interruptions. Turn on Focus assist whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like notifications, sounds, and alerts. Or set Focus Assist to turn on automatically at certain times during the day.
  • Stay connected when you need to. You can make sure your most important people breakthrough by creating a priority list of those you always want to reach you, even when you’re working. Or when you need complete concentration, block all notifications.
  • Catch up quickly. Find out what you missed while you were heading down on a project. As soon as you finish working, a summary of notifications and alerts appears on your screen.

Focus Assist was also called Quiet Hours in earlier versions of Windows. Microsoft renamed Quiet Hours to Focus Assist in Windows 10, version 1803.

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Here’s how to turn on or off focus assist –

Quickly Turn On or Off Focus Assist using Action Center

  • Select the action center icon on the taskbar.
  • Select Focus assist to cycle through the available settings: Select Off (receive all notifications), Priority only (see only selected notifications from the list), or Alarms Only (hide all notifications everything except alarms).
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10

Turn On or Off Focus Assist using Windows Settings

  • Select Start  > Settings  > System Focus assist, or, in the search box  on the taskbar, type Focus assist and then select Focus assist settings from the list of results.
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
  • Choose which notification state of focus assist you like to see –
  • Select Off (receive all notifications), Priority only (see only selected notifications from the list), or Alarms Only (hide all notifications everything except alarms).
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
  • If you selected Priority only, It will allow you to see only selected notifications from customize list.
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
  • You can manage the apps and contacts that you want to allow to show notifications on the system when the mode is enabled.
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
  • Under Automatic rules, you can determine the conditions that cause focus assist to activate automatically. Select the item to turn that condition on or off and to determine the time and/or level of focus assist that condition activates, or just select the switch as a shortcut to turning a condition on or off. (To completely deactivate focus assist, turn all of these off.)
  • Select Show me a summary of what I missed while focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
  • When the focus assist turns on automatically, by default a notification appears in the action center explaining that the focus assist is on and suppressing notifications. If you would prefer not to see this message, click the Change focus assist button in the notification, and uncheck Show notification in the action center when focus assist is turned on automatically in the Settings page that launches.
    • For example, to disable Focus Assist notifications that appear when you’re using an app in full-screen mode, click “When I’m using an app in full-screen mode.”
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10
How to Turn On or Off Focus assist in Windows 10

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