How Turn ON or OFF Focus Assist Windows 10 from site microsoft.com

Focus assist permits you to be able to avoid distracting notifications when you have to stay focused. By default, it is set to activate automatically under certain conditions. In earlier versions of Windows 10, Focus assist is also called quiet hours. Now, you may want to know how to turn on or off Focus assist on Windows 10. So, here is the way how to do it.

 How to Turn On or Off Focus Assists On Windows 10

If you want to turn Focus assist on or off in Windows 10, it is very easy to do and if you know it you will be able to do it easily anytime and anywhere. According to microsoft.com site, the steps to turn Focus assist or or off in Windows 10 can be done by following the steps below.

  • The first thing that you have to do is to choose the Action Center icon that you are able to find on the taskbar.
  • After that, you have to choose Focus Assist to cycle through the available settings: either Priority  Only, Alarms Only, or Off. If you see that there is no Focus Assist tile, you are able to choose Expand first.

choose Focus Assist to cycle through the available settings

  • You are also able to edit Focus Assist settings by choosing Start and then go to the Settings. After that, you need to choose System and then choose Focus Assist. Alternatively, you are able to type Focus Assist into the search box on the taskbar and then choose Focus Assist Settings from the list of results.

Controlling Focus Assist Through The Action Center

You are also able to control Focus assist by using the Action Center context menu. How to do it? You are able to follow the steps below.

  • The first thing that you have to do is to right click the Action Center button which can be found in the notification area.
  • After that, you have to choose Focus Assist.
  • In this step, you need to choose one of the available options: Off, Priority Only or Alarms Only.

Method For Setting Up Focus Assist Priorities on Windows 10

With Focus assist, you are able to configure a priority list which allows you to decide which notifications from calls, text, apps and people are permitted to bypass the feature. It is done to prevent missing out on an important event.

According to Windows Central, if you want to configure your priority list in the April 2018 update, you are able to follow the steps below.

  • The first thing that you have to do is to open Settings.
  • After that, you need to click on the System.
  • And now, the thing that you have to do is to click on Focus Assist.
  • Here, under Focus Assists, you have to click on the Customize Your Priority List link.

click on the Customize Your Priority List link

  • In the section of ‘Calls, Text, and Remonders’, you are able to permit Cortana to show notofications for missed calls, texts and messages from apps. The options which are available are listed below.

– Show incoming VoIP calls and calls from a linked phone.

– Show incoming text from a linked phone.

– Show reminders, regardless of the app used.

  • In the section of ‘People’, you are able to choose the contacts which are permitted to show notifications while focus assist is enabled. If you want to permit a certain contant to show notifications, you are able to click the Add Contacts button and then choose the person that you want. It is important for you to note that if you are using the My People feature and you are pinning contacts to the taskbar, it is also possible to permit or block the feature from showing notifications from pinned contacts.
  • Then, in the section of ‘Apps’, you are able to choose the apps which are allowed to break through your quiet hours. If you want to permits apps to show notifications, the thing that you have to do is to click on the Add An App button and then you have to choose the app from the list. It is important for you to note that you are only able to add Microsoft Store apps to your list.

click on the Add An App button

  • Well, if you have done these steps, then when you enable Focus assit using your priority list, only the calls, apps, and people you have configured will break through and show notifications.

Steps to Manage Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

If you want, you are able to use automatic rules to choose the times and activities during which you do not want to be annoyed. The feature will kick in automatically. So, how to manage automatic rules? You are able to follow the steps below.

  • The first thing that you have to do is to open Settings.
  • In the Settings, you have to click on System.
  • Now, you have to click on Focus Assist.
  • In this step, under the Automatic Rules, you have to turn on the toggle switch for the rule that you want to use. It includes:

– During these times.

– When I’m duplicating my display.

– When I’m playing a game.

under the Automatic Rules

  • If you have enabled the rules that you want, now you are able to click the rule to be able to customize it.

– During these times. If you choose it, it will permit Focus Assist to be able to turn on or off automatically during a specific time range. If you use the Repeats drop down menu, you are able to set the schedule to repeat daily, weekends or weekdays.

– When I’m duplicating my display. If you choose it, it will permit Focus Assist to turn on automatically when it detects that you are mirroring the screen. It is a special feature that you can use during a meeting to prevent notifications from popping up in the middle of a presentation.

–  When I’m playing game. If you choose it, Focus assit will turn on automatically to suppress notifications while you are playing games in full screen mode. This option can only work for exclusive games using DirectX.