Windows offers lots of ways to minimize distractions so it's easier to focus on tasks.

Don't be so animated

Minimize visual distractions by turning off animations, background images, and more. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Ease of Access > Display . Then choose from the different options under Simplify and personalize Windows.

Clean up taskbar clutter

Choose which icons appear on the taskbar and reduce the number of items in view. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Personalization > Taskbar , and then, under Notification area, choose Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

System icons, like the clock and battery indicator, can also be turned on or off. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Personalization , and then, under Notification area, choose Turn system icons on or off.

Simplify the Start menu

Many apps use Live Tiles to show updates on what's happening in your world, like new email, your next appointment, or the weekend weather. If these animations are distracting, turn them off. Press and hold (or right-click) a tile, and then select More > Turn Live Tile off.

Quiet down those notifications

Focus assist lets you to set rules that help you avoid distractions. To use Focus assist, select the Start button and type Focus assist settings in the search box, then choose if you want to get all notifications, priority ones only, or just alarms.

You can limit late-night notifications using the Automatic rules section. To do that, select During these times and turn on the toggle. Then, select Start time or End time, pick a time, and select the check mark  to save your changes. You can also choose what days you want to apply the rule, and what types of notifications you'd still like to receive during the times you set.

If notifications are distracting when they appear on your screen, adjust which apps display notifications and fine-tune how they appear. To change notification settings, select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Notifications & actions .

Read with fewer distractions

For a clean and simple layout, use Reading view in the Microsoft Edge browser address bar to bring whatever you're reading front and center. After you open an article, the book icon will appear on the right hand side of your browser. When you select it, you'll be in reading view.

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