Understanding Notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 28, 2017)

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The Windows 10 Action Center basically replaces (or enhances) the previous Notification Area, which previously replaced the System Tray. (Microsoft sure likes to change things!) The Action Center notifies you of various events that you can address or dismiss at your discretion. To invoke the Action Center window, click the "call out" icon to the right of the clock in the taskbar. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The empty 'call out' icon.

This launches the Action Center window, which is a pane that appears along the right side of your display. (Besides clicking the "call out" icon, you can also launch Action Center by pressing the Win+A shortcut key.) If you have notifications, the "call out" icon will appear to have text in it. If the "call out" icon is empty, there's little point in launching the Action Center since it would be empty. Here is what the icon looks like when I have a notification. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The 'call out' icon indicating a notification.

Now that I see I have a notification I can click the icon to reveal the Action Center window. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. The Action Center window with a notification.

If you want to clear the notification, click the Clear all text in the upper-right corner and your notification goes away. If you want to see the details of your notification, click its down-arrow on the right. If you want the Action Center window to disappear just click anywhere on your desktop outside the window.

Certain applications can write notifications to the Action Center. To configure this, go to Start | Settings, click System, then on the left click Notifications & Actions. You can now indicate what applications are able to write notifications to the Action Center. You can also do some rudimentary configuration to the Action Center as well.

 This tip (6867) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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