Focus Assist is a useful feature provided by Windows 10. It enhances your productivity by keeping you focussed on your current task and avoid distractions from notifications.
What is the use of the Focus Assist feature in Windows 10?
The Focus Assist feature was originally introduced as ‘Quiet Hours’ in previous versions of Windows 10. This feature enables you to avoid unnecessary notifications while you are carrying out a task that demands your focus. You get flexibility in deciding the degree of suppression of notifications. You may maintain a priority list or completely avoid notifications.
How to use the Focus Assist feature in Windows 10?
To enable the Focus Assist feature, follow these steps.
- Click the square icon located in the bottom-right part of the screen to launch the Notification Center. You may also do it by typing “Focus Assist” in the search bar.
- Windows 10 offers three ways to see notifications in Focus Assist.
- Off: When you turn the Focus Assist off, you receive notification from all your contacts and applications.
- Priority Only: This option allows you to maintain the priority list of apps and contacts. Once you enable this option, you will only receive notifications from the included apps and contacts.
- Alarms Only: This option prevents all notifications except those from alarms set by you.
What do Automatic Rules stand for?
In the Focus Assist section, you will also find a heading named Automatic rules. Here you can make the Windows learn the conditions that should enable the Focus Assist automatically. You get the following four conditions to set.
- During these times: You can set the desired time during which you don’t want any distraction from notifications.
- When I’m duplicating my display: Enabling this option suppresses notifications as long as you’re projecting your monitor to an external screen.
- When I’m playing a game: This option prevents notifications while you play games in full-screen mode.
- When I’m using an app in full-screen mode: This option also blocks notifications as long as you’re using an app in full-screen mode.
When Focus Assist activates automatically, you receive a announcement in the Notification Center informing that the Focus Assist is on. If you don’t want this message to be displayed, uncheck the option: Show a notification in action center when focus assist is turned on automatically.
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