There’s no shortage of blog posts, articles, books, videos and tweets about “what’s new” in Windows 10.  I’m steering clear of those and focusing on the lesser-mentioned features which are deserving of some love.


The new notifications feature is pretty nice indeed. Most often found next to the date/time display at the lower-right end of the task bar, it’s the little callout symbol…


(It’s the square-ish box with horizontal lines in it)

Each of the notification icons has its own unique right-click menu options.  For example, a right-click on the battery notification icon displays “Adjust screen brightness“, “Power Options” and “Windows Mobility Center“.

If you click on the “^” up-arrow to the leftmost end of the strip of notifications, you get a popup with all of the active notification icons…


If you left-click on the notification icon, you get a sidebar menu with a ton of features, alerts, and links.  The example below is from my computer, and contains some free advertising (sorry, but I don’t get any kickbacks whatsoever.  It’s just an example).  Each inbox row can be removed by clicking on a “x” link to the top-right of each entry, or you can select “Clear all” to remove all of them.



The lower end is where the fun begins.  Clicking on each of the tiles gives you access to more options.  But if you right-click on the notifications callout icon directly (rather than left-clicking as I did above), you get two options:


The “Open Action Center” link simply opens the sidebar menu shown earlier in this article.  The “Turn on quiet hours” link disables alerts until you turn it off.  When enabled, the icon changes to a square with a blocking circle inside…



As for the other notification icons next to this, you see volume, network connection, battery and a few others. Not only can you hide or show each, you can swap them out by opening the Settings console, and going to System / Notifications & actions.  Under the Quick actions section at the top-right, you can click on each of the four placeholder icons and pick a different alert from the pop-up list…


You can also click “Select which icons appear on the Taskbar” you get all of the available notification links to choose to show or not show…



If you click on “Turn system icons on or off” you get another menu selection to enable or disable system notifications…


And if you scroll down a bit more, you will see “Notifications” and “Show notifications from these apps”.  It might seem a bit redundant, but actually each of these groups of settings are unique.  I won’t get into debates about whether this could’ve been designed more intuitively, but it works as of build 10240.

I don’t feel the need to describe each of the remaining options, as they seem fairly self-explanatory.



So, as you can see here, while notification options may change later on, at this point, Microsoft has given us a truckload of buttons, sliders and toggles to keep us busy for some time to come.




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