Focus assist (also called quiet hours in earlier versions of Windows 10) allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions. Here's how to turn focus assist on or off:
- Select the action center icon on the taskbar.
- Select Focus assist to cycle through the available settings: either Priority Only, Alarms Only, or Off. (If you don't see the Focus assist tile, you may need to select Expand first.)
- Focus assist settings can also be edited by selecting Start , then selecting Settings > System > Focus assist, or type Focus assist into the search bar and select Focus assist settings in the list of results.
Focus assist is set by default to activate automatically when you are duplicating your display, playing a game, or using an app in full screen mode. You can control any or all of these, as well as determining to what level notifications are suppressed.
- Select Start , then select Settings > System > Focus assist, or type Focus assist into the search bar and select Focus assist settings in the list of results.
- To set the current state of focus assist, select Off (receive all notifications), Priority only (see only notifications from a list you can customize to your liking) or Alarms Only (hide everything except alarms).
- Under Automatic rules, you can determine the conditions that cause focus assist to activate automatically. Select the item to turn that condition on or off and to determine the time and/or level of focus assist that condition activates, or just select the switch as a shortcut to turning a condition on or off. (To completely deactivate focus assist, turn all of these off.)
- Select Show me a summary of what I missed while focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.
- When focus assist turns on automatically, by default a notification appears in the action center explaining that focus assist is on and suppressing notifications. If you would prefer not to see this message, click the Change focus assist button in the notification, and uncheck Show a notification in action center when focus assist is turned on automatically in the Settings page that launches.