The Action Center is a major part of Windows 10, acting as the main area for all your alerts and as a quick stop for settings.
If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8/8.1, the Action Center replaces the Charms Bar. But for those of you coming from Windows 7, the new Action Center will be even more alien to you.
Not to fear though, as the Action Center is there to make our computing lives easier. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
The Action Center in Windows 10
The Action Center is a hugely important part of your PC. It’s a place where you can view all Windows security alerts, along with app notifications such as news emails, eBay alerts and Facebook updates, without having to launch individual apps.
Launch the Action Center by clicking the square box with three lines in the taskbar. A number will be displayed next to it if you have any unopened alerts.
It’s split into two, with notifications at the top and quick actions at the bottom.
When you get a notification, click the down arrow to view it or click the X to dismiss. Alternatively to remove them click Clear all.
Move through your notifications using the scroll bar on the right.
Within the quick actions at the bottom you’ll see an option called ‘Quiet hours’, which turns off all notifications.
The Action Center can be fully customised, so you only get the alerts you want.
Step 1: Open the Start Menu and select the Settings cog, followed by System - Notifications and actions.
Scroll down to ‘Notifications’ and use the sliders to determine which notifications should and should not appear.
Step 2: Underneath, you’ll see a list of apps you currently get notifications for. Flick the slider to Off to disable notifications for any of these.
Step 3: Click an individual app to view more options, allowing you to decide if you want to show notification banners or play a sound when a notification arrives.
Quick actions in Windows 10
Underneath the notifications you’ll see squares containing quick actions such as: Note, Battery saver, Bluetooth and Airplane mode.
Click Collapse to just show four and leave more space to show notifications.
Customising Quick actions
Quick actions can be customised – and since the Anniversary Update, they can be shuffled around too.
Return to the Notifications and actions menu and you’ll see all the boxes from your Quick actions.
Click and hold an icon to drag it to a different part, or go to Add or remove quick actions below if you’d like to get rid of one altogether.
The taskbar in Windows 10
Users of Windows 7 will recognise the taskbar. By default the four options are: battery (for laptops), wi-fi, sound and notifications.
Click the arrow on the left pointing up to view additional tasks.
Customising the taskbar
To add and remove features to/from the taskbar, search Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
Scrolling through the list, move the slider from Off to On to add new items to the taskbar.
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Article updated by Jamie Harris on 16/12/2016