How to Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10?

How do I enable or disable Action Center in Windows 10? Why does the action center keep popping up? Those familiar with Action Center in Windows 10 know that it collects notifications from Windows and other apps and displays them in a single pop-up sidebar. You can access them from the Windows system tray by clicking on the square speech bubble. Action Center shows you your latest notifications, emails, updates, and app messages all appear in a drawer that pulls out from the right-hand side of the screen. It also has buttons to perform quick system commands like toggling WI-FI and Bluetooth, setting up quiet hours, switching to tablet mode, and so on.

Also Read: How to Add, Remove or Arrange Quick Action Buttons in Windows 10?

Action Center is a good feature of Windows 10 and helps you see all recent notifications you may have missed. Notification sits in Action Center and waits there until you view them. However, many Windows PC users love this new feature, while some of us feel unpleasant. Fortunately, Microsoft provides an easy way to turn on/off this feature. Once you disable the Action Center, you will still see pop-up notifications above your system tray, but they will not be collected for you to view later.

In this gearupwindows article, we will show you the different ways through which you can enable or disable the Action Center in Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. Using Settings app
  2. Via Group Policy
  3. Through Registry Editor

How to Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 using the Settings app?

Enabling or disabling the Action Center using the Settings app in Windows 10 is possible, but the toggle is a bit buried in the interface. Perform the following steps to do so:-

Step 1. Bring up the Settings app by pressing Windows + I simultaneously.

 

Step 2. Access Personalization by clicking on it under Windows Settings.

Step 3. In the Personalization window, click the Taskbar tab on the left side pane.

Step 4. On the right pane, click the link Turn system icons on or off.

Step 5. Turn toggle switch to Off position against Action Center.

Once you complete the above steps, the Action Center icon is removed and disabled right away from the Taskbar. In the future, if you change your mind and wish to enable and see Action Center notifications, repeat the above steps and in step 5, turn the toggle to On position.

How to Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 via Group Policy?

Step 1. Call the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. In the Local Group Policy Editor window that opens, navigate or browse for the following path from the left side pane:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3. On the right side pane of the Start Menu and Taskbar folder, look for the policy name Remove Notifications and Action Center and double-click on it to change its settings.

Step 4. Select Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Reboot your computer or laptop.

After executing the above steps, the Action Center icon is removed and disabled from the Taskbar. In the future, if you want to enable and see Action Center notifications, repeat the above steps and in step 4, select the Not Configured or Disabled option.

How to Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 through Registry Editor?

If you prefer to modify Windows Registry to apply a policy on your Windows 10 PC, execute the following steps:-

Step 1. Launch Registry Editor.

Step 2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path from the left side pane:-

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

 

 

Step 3. On the right side of the Explorer folder, right-click on empty space and select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it DisableNotificationCenter.

Step 4. Now, double-click on DisableNotificationCenter and set its Value data to 1.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. Restart your computer or laptop.

Once you finish the above steps, the Action Center icon will completely disappear from the taskbar. To restore it in the future, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, change the Value data of DisableNotificationCenter to 0.

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