New ways to Open and Customize Windows Action Center in Windows 10

windows action center

In your mind, there may be many questions arising about “Windows Action Center“, while browsing your Desktop or Laptop you may have come across many times about this action center, and you want to know what you can do with this action center, how can you customize to turn off the notifications from the windows.

What is Windows action center in Windows 10 PC?

The Windows Action Center is a tool or utility in Microsoft Windows operating systems that displays notifications from different programs and applications on the systems.

Users can view alerts and updates about software support, security problems, and other issues in order to quick action or delete it if it is not necessary for your system.

In the version of Windows 7 operating systems, we used to find it as Security and Maintenance now it has been renamed to ‘Action Center‘ in Windows 10 operating systems, you can easily find this option on the taskbar and you can change the notification settings as per your requirements.

What does the windows action center do?

As you already know windows Action center is located at the right-hand side of the windows taskbar of windows 10 action operating systems, it is just a simple tool that stores important notifications for viewing at a later time.

windows action center

It helps users to retain the critical notifications about windows update, features, security update, Apps notifications, etc. which is very essential for your system function. Hence try to enable it all the time so don’t miss the system updations.

For some users it can be irritating as some times it shows many notification tasks at the bottom of the windows action center, you can schedule the task as and when required or you can disable the notifications, this way you can prevent notifications.

By the way, there are two areas for the Windows action centerthe Quick Action, and Notification action area. Below images, you can see the Notification and Quick Actions view and we will discuss each one of them for better understanding.

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1) Customize Notifications

You can see the icon on the taskbar at the bottom right-hand side of the windows,  here you will find how to customize the Notifications area, all the notification you get in action center can be easily customized as per your needs, the reason to customize so that your action center pane doesn’t show too many notifications and you don’t get stunned by looking at those bulk notifications.

Here we will show you how you can customize the action center icon. Just go to the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard, (you can see the image below) then click on System option.

Windows Action Center

Then go and click on Notifications & options category on the left-hand side of the Settings pane, you will get to see many notification setting options where you can easily customize it as per your requirements.

Windows Action Center

Quick Actions: In this option, you can add, remove, and rearrange your quick actions directly.

Windows Action Center

Notifications: Here you can receive or stop notifications from apps and other senders by simply clicking the ON & OFF button.

Windows Action Center

Get notifications from senders: Select a sender to see more settings.

Windows Action Cente

2Customize Quick Action Buttons

At the bottom corner of the action center, open the action center and you see few quick action buttons, it includes All settings button, Nearby sharing, Focus assist, and mobile hotspot if you click the button associated action will be taken.

Windows Action Cente

Above the action buttons, you can see the Expand link, if you click on “Expand” then it will show all the quick buttons, which you can see and customize these buttons easily.

windows 10 action center

Moving ahead just go to the Settings app by pressing Windows + I buttons, then click on System option.

Then go and click on Notifications & options category on the left-hand side of the Settings pane.

windows 10 action center

In the right pane, right at the top, you’ll see the “Quick Actions” section, and below you will see Edit your quick actions you need to just click on it and then Drag any of your buttons to adjust the order.

Click the “Add quick actions” to add buttons that you think not visible in the action center just add or remove the buttons.

windows 10 action center

3) Disable Windows 10 Action Center

If you have set your mind to disable the Action center at all, then the following are the ways where you can easily remove the action center, to turn off the action center using the Group Policy Editor or Windows Registry.

Disable action center Using Group Policy Editor

We will take step by step on how to disable the action center in windows 10 with the help of the windows Group policy editor.

Press Windows + R key and open Run dialogue box and type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit enter.

Windows Action Center

This will launch Group Policy Editor, navigate to tree hierarchy on the left of the pane: User > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Windows Action Center

Find the ‘Remove Notifications and Action Center‘ double click a new windows pane will open.

Switch the state of the policy to Enable to disable the notification and action center.

Windows Action Center

Click Apply and Ok to finish the process.

Disable action center Using Registry Editor

Press Windows + R key and open Run dialogue box and type ‘Regedit’ and hit enter.

Windows Action Center

This will launch Registry Editor, navigate to tree hierarchy on the left of the pane: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Windows Action Center

  • You will see Explorer just right click on it and select new> Dword (32-bit) value and Name it DisaleActionCenter.

Windows Action Center

  • Double click on it and set its value to 1 and click ok
  • lastly, Restart the computer to apply the settings.

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FAQWindows action center

1) How to Open and Use Action Center in Windows 10

  • On the right end of the taskbar of your windows, select the Action Center icon.
  • Press the Windows logo key + A.

2) Can we Enable or Disable the Action Center in Windows 10? Yes !

  • Press Windows Key + I and open Settings then click on Personalization.
  • From the left-hand menu select Taskbar and click on Turn system icons on or off.
  • Toggle the switch to Off next to Action Center in order to disable the Action Center.
  • Close everything and restart your PC.

3) How you can keep Start Menu Open when Opening Apps in Windows 10?

  • Simply need to click on start on the taskbar or press windows key to open the start menu.
  • The apps open in the background while leaving the Start menu open and in focus.

Bottom Line

For some users getting notifications into their windows action center is a good thing because they can take actions on those updates and securities of windows immediately and for some other user, it’s an irritating task as the notifications keeps on emerging again and again into their action center.

In both situations, we have shown how you can use or customize and disable the windows action center.

Nagraj is a Owner of Computer Topic is associated with the IT industry for a decade. He is Blogging since 2018, as a way to document all the issues he was troubleshooting while working in IT. He has come with a mission to help users who revolve around the tech issues.