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How to disable notifications in Windows 11

This article is about to show you how to disable notifications in Windows 11 to reduce distraction and take a break from the ever-going flood of various messages.

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Note that this article shows how to permanently disable notifications in Windows 11. You can take a short break and disable notification for a specific period using the Focus Assist feature (do not disturb mode).

Windows 11 has a master switch that disables all notifications with a single click. Here is how to access it.

Disable Notifications in Windows 11

To disable notifications in Windows 11, do the following.

  1. Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to the System section and click Notifications.Open Settings > System > Notifications
  3. Find the Notifications toggle in the upper part of the page and disable it.disable notifications in Windows 11

That is it. It takes just a couple of clicks to permanently disable all notifications in Windows 11. To enable notifications back, repeat the steps above.

Important: Some apps use their own notifications systems independent from Windows. In that case, you need to disable notifications explicitly in the app (that is true mostly for old legacy applications). Unfortunately, those programs are immune to the notifications master switch in Windows 11.

You can also disable notifications for individual apps. That can be done again with the Settings app.

How to disable notifications for a specific app

  1. Right-click the Start button to open the Settings app.Windows 11 Open Settings From the Start Context Menu
  2. Go to the System section and click Notifications.Navigate to System > Notifications
  3. Find the app you want to prevent from sending notifications and disable it.Windows 11 disable notifications for a specific app

Done! You can also click the app name to fine-tune various notifications settings, such as priority, sounds, format, etc.

Additionally, you can disable notifications for individual apps using the Notification Center. Here's how you can do it.

Disable notifications for individual apps in Notification Center

  1. Press Win + A to open the notification center in Windows 11. You can also click the notification counter in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Hover the cursor over the notification you want to disable. You will spot a three-dots button next to the dismiss button.Click the three-dots button
  3. Click the three-dots button and select Turn off all notifications. You can change the app’s priority and open notifications settings in the same menu.Disable notifications for individual apps in Notification Center

Done!

Finally, you can do the same on a push notification you have just received. The idea is the same: hover the cursor over the notification, and open its menu.

app notification toast

Finally, select “Turn off all notifications.”

Disable Notifications for an app

Turn off notifications in Windows 11 using Registry Editor

  1. Press Win + R to open Windows Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications. Copy the path and paste it into the address bar to save yourself a couple of clicks.
  3. On the right side of the window, find the ToastEnabled value.
  4. If the value is not present there, right click anywhere on the window and select New > Dword Value (32-bit). Rename it to ToastEnabled.
  5. Now, double-click the ToastEnabled value and set its value data to 0.Disable Notifications In Windows 11 Registry Editor
  6. Sign out from your user account to apply the change, and sign in back.

Done!

Finally, we have prepared a couple of REG files for you to save your time.

Ready-to-use files

Here are the ready-to-use files that allow you to automate the process described above. Remember that you need to sign out from your user account and sign in back when you disable notifications in Windows 11 using the Registry Editor.

  1. Download files in the ZIP archive and extract them anywhere you like.
  2. Open the Disable Notifications in Windows 11.reg file and confirm changes in the registry. That will disable notifications in Windows 11.
  3. To restore the default settings and enable notifications, use the Enable Notifications in Windows 11.reg file.
  4. Sign out and sign in back to your user account.

That is how you turn off notifications in Windows 11.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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