Windows 8: Disable Notifications Temporarily

   Posted July 13, 2012 by David Kirk in Windows 8

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Microsoft with Windows 8 introduces a new type of user alert called a toaster notification. They appear as a rectangular box providing data on the top right corner of the screen. Although helpful and beautiful, the toaster notifications in many situations are best hidden temporarily.

Toaster notifications are a type of alert that was first created in the Windows Phone OS and have been adopted into Windows 8. As stylish and informative as they are, users will frequently run into circumstances where they need to be disabled. For example, like all alerts they can be distracting and break up your concentration. They may interrupt a game or an important live screencast of a conference call. For this reason, Windows 8 provides an option for temporarily disabling these toaster notification windows.

1. Access the Charms bar by pressing Win key + C or moving your mouse to the bottom right of the screen and slowly moving the mouse up. When the Charms bar appears, click on the Settings charm.

2.When the menu appears, select the Notifications option.

3. After select the Notification option, you will be prompted with the options to hide the notifications for a certain number of hours.

4.Select the desired duration for which you want to hide the alerts. As soon as you select any of these options, the notifications will stop appearing for the selected duration.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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