Notifications is a set of settings inside the PC Settings application which allows you to change the Notifications toasts behavior in Windows 8.1. You can specify quiet hours, enable or disable notifications for selected apps, turn off sounds, disable notifications for the Lock screen and many other things.
To change these preferences, it is required to go through PC Settings: Open the Charms bar -> Settings -> PC Setitngs -> Apps and Search -> Notifications. This is very long path with several taps/clicks.
Let's improve the usability of Windows 8.1 and create a shortcut to open Notifications in Windows 8.1 directly with one click!
- Right click on the Desktop and choose New -> Shortcut from its context menu:
- Type or copy-paste the following as the shortcut target:
- Give the shortcut any name of your choice and set the desired icon for the shortcut you just created:
- Now you can try this shortcut in action and pin it to the Taskbar or to the Start Screen itself (or inside your Start Menu, if you use some third-party Start Menu like Classic Shell). Note that Windows 8.1 does not allow you to pin this shortcut to anything, but there is a workaround.
To pin this shortcut to the Taskbar, use the excellent freeware tool called Pin to 8.
To pin this shortcut to the Start screen, you need to unlock the the “Pin to Start Screen” menu item for all files in Windows 8.1.
That's it! Now every time you need to quickly access this option, you can simply click the shortcut you just created!
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