Notice Your Notifications

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated September 30, 2019)

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Windows 10 displays alert notifications automatically when an app triggers an alert. Apps such as alarm or chat applications use these alert notifications to give you a heads-up on something that might need your attention. These alert notifications, actually known as Toast Notifications, appear on your screen in the lower right corner for five seconds by default. For many users, the default five seconds is an adequate amount of time. However, if you feel you need more time than the default length, you can modify your system to display Toast Notifications for a duration that you prefer.

The method you would use to change the display time for notifications on your system is not straightforward. One might assume that this is done in the Notifications & Actions section of the Settings window, but it's not. To change the duration time, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Ease of Access Display Settings," then press Enter. Windows launches the Ease of Access Display Settings section of the Settings dialog box.
  2. Click on the drop-down box labeled "Show Notifications for" under the "Simplify and Personalize Windows" section and choose your desired length of time. You can choose between six intervals: 5 seconds, 7 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Ease of Access Display section of the Settings dialog box.

  4. 3. Close the Settings dialog box. Windows applies your changes right away.

Now with your system set with the new notification time, your Toast Notifications will show for the amount of time that is ideal for you. If you find that your new time setting is either too long or still too short, repeat the steps above and set the amount of time that is best for you.

 This tip (13681) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

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What is four more than 8?

2019-09-30 09:14:49

Will

I wish for a 3 or 2 second option.


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