Notice Your Notifications

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated September 30, 2019)

1

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.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ERIC

Launching and Understanding the Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar is a feature that often goes unnoticed by non-gamers. Let's go over launching and default settings for ...

Discover More

Command Prompt's New Tricks

Command Prompt has been around for a while in various versions of Windows. With Windows 10 the Command Prompt window has ...

Discover More

Profiles in Edge Chromium

Microsoft's Edge Chromium allows for a powerful new feature called Profiles. These allow for one web browser to be used ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Understanding Compatibility Settings

Compatibility settings are parameters within executable images that allow or deny it to properly run under a given ...

Discover More

Improve Performance by Turning Off 3D Effects

Windows does a lot of nuancing to provide the user with a pleasing visual experience. All this attention to detail, ...

Discover More

Enabling and Disabling Windows Features

Want to make sure that Windows is trim and fit, using only those features you routinely use? Here's how to enable or ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four less than 5?

2019-09-30 09:14:49

Will

I wish for a 3 or 2 second option.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.