Turn Off Notifications in Microsoft Windows and Mac OS


Windows 10

In Windows 10, action center is where you'll find your app notifications and quick actions—which give you quick access to commonly used settings and apps. Change your action center settings at any time from the Settings app.

  1. Select Start, then select Settings.

  2. Select System > Notifications & actions.

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  3. Do any of the following:

    • Choose whether to see notifications on the lock screen.

    • Turn tips, tricks, and suggestions about Windows on or off.

    • Select an app and then customize the quick actions you'll see in action center.

    • Select an app and then turn notifications, banners, and sounds on or off for some or all notification senders.

Windows 11

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > System > Notifications.
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  2. Do any of the following:

  • Select Notifications to expand it, and turn notifications, banners, and sounds on or off for some or all notification senders.

  • Scroll down and turn tips and suggestions about Windows On or Off.

Add or remove quick settings

  1. Select, or press and hold, the battery, network, or volume icon to open the quick settings panel.

  2. Select the Edit quick settings icon.

  3. Select the Add button to add a quick setting or press the pin icon on the quick setting you want to remove. 

    Note: To rearrange the icons, you can press and hold (or select) any quick settings, then drag them.

  4. Select Done.


Mac OS

Customize alerts or turn them off

  1. Choose Apple icon menu > System Preferences, then click Notifications.
  2. Select an app in the left column.
  3. To change the notification style, select Banners or Alerts. Or select None.

Notifications preferences

You can also control other features here, such as whether notifications appear on your lock screen or include a preview. A preview contains a portion of the email, chat, or other content associated with the notification. You can choose to show previews never, always, or only when you unlock your Mac.

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