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Make it easier to focus on tasks with Focus Assist in Windows 10
11 January 2023
Notifications can often be distracting when you are trying to focus on a task. You can mute all of your notifications, but that’s not always ideal when you need certain notifications to keep you up to date with important information.
The solution to this is Focus Assist. This is a great feature in Microsoft Windows 10 that can get rid of distracting notifications. Once enabled, you can choose which notifications you want to hide, and which ones you still want to receive.
The ‘hidden’, notifications will live in your notification centre, where you can check them out at a time that’s convenient to you.
How do I enable Focus Assist?
1. Use the search feature to open the Settings application.
2. Then go into System and click on Focus assist from the menu on the left hand side.
3. You’ll then have three options, when either disabling or enabling the feature:
- Off – Keeping Focus Assist off means that you’ll still get all of your notifications.
- Priority Only – This will hide all notifications, except the ones you deem as priority. You can customise your priorities using ‘Customize priority list’.
NOTE: We’ll explore this option further below.
- Alarms only – This option will hide all notifications, except for your alarms.
4. Underneath the Focus Assist settings, you can check the box next to Show a summary of what I missed when Focus Assist was on. This will give you a notification to view all your ‘hidden’ notifications, when you exit from Focus Assist.
How to create a priority list to show only certain notifications
If you’re going to use the Priority Only focus level, you can choose which notifications you still want to receive, even when Focus Assist is enabled.
To do this, click on Customize priority list, which is located underneath the Priority only option.
You’ll then see the following options:
- Calls, texts, and reminders: Under this option, you can either show or hide notifications for incoming calls, text messages and reminders.
- People: If you want to receive notifications from certain contacts in apps such as Mail, Calling and Messaging, you can add them here.
- Apps: You can enable specific apps to bypass Focus Assist so you receive notifications from them.
To delete an application from the list, simply click on it and then hit Remove.
How to set up automatic rules for Focus Assist so you never have to turn it on yourself
Focus Assist must usually be turned on manually, but there is a way to automatically enable the feature.
Underneath Automatic rules, you have the following settings:
Here’s what they all mean:
- During these times: Automatically turns on Focus Assist during a certain time frame, which you can choose.
- When I’m duplicating my display: Automatically turns on Focus Assist when you connect to a second monitor.
- When I’m playing a game: Automatically turns on Focus Assist when you’re playing a game.
- When I’m using an app in full-screen mode only: Automatically turns on Focus Assist when you use an app in full screen mode.
- For the first hour after a Windows feature update: Automatically turns on Focus Assist right after an update.
Microsoft’s Focus assist was first introduced in a 2018 update of Windows 10, where it replaced a feature known as Quiet Hours. This feature is called Focus in Windows.
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