Move notification toasts to top or bottom of the screen in Windows 10

In Windows 10, all kinds of notifications were replaced with Windows 8-like toasts which appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. Regardless of the event for which the notification is being shown e.g. AutoPlay, driver installation or new email - you will only see the Metro-like toast notifications. While we recently covered how to restore balloon notifications, many people prefer toast notifications, but would like to see them in the top right corner of the screen instead of bottom right. Here is how they can be moved to the bottom or to the top.

To move notification toasts to the bottom of the screen in Windows 10, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak as described below.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired registry key with one click.

  3. Create a new DWORD value named DisplayToastAtBottom and set it to 1. If you already have this value, then just modify its value data from 0 to 1. See the following screenshot:
  4. Sign out and log in back to your Windows account. Alternatively, you can just restart the Explorer shell.

The result:

To move notification toasts to the top of the screen in Windows 10, you need to set that DisplayToastAtBottom parameter to 0, as shown below:

Sign out and log in back to your Windows account or restart Explorer, and you will get toasts on the top of the screen.

That's it!

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24 thoughts on “Move notification toasts to top or bottom of the screen in Windows 10

  1. MDJ

    Sadly this no longer works on Windows RTM version. This trick was kind of urgent for me as notification bottoms sometimes get cut by the taskbar.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Probably this ability was disabled by Microsoft in recent builds.
      Which Windows 10 build you are running?

      Reply
  2. Ricardo Santos

    Hi, I came here after a google search but this is not working on version 1607
    Is there anything else we can do to move the toast to the top? I want to see it, but it really annoys me when I’m developing and it shows up over some icons I have on Atom.
    Thanks!!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Unfortunately, this ability was removed from Windows 10 several builds ago.
      it does not work any more.

      Reply
  3. GAHHAHHAHAGHAGA

    Well this is just stupid. Damnit Microsoft, how freaking hard is it to include such simple and obvious functionality??
    Same with Chrome. They seem not to care about this issue either. So now I have both windows and chrome notifications overlapping one another in the same god damn spot. Yeah that makes sense…

    Reply
  4. Noah Ortega

    The location of the registry is wrong. you wrote
    HEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    but it’s
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    forgot a K in HKEY

    Reply
  5. Clark Eggers

    Yeah, Mighty Microsoft once again adopts a “screw the user” attitude. The way the notifications cover the notification tray is very annoying. Microsoft says: “What is user experience?”

    Reply

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