How to block specific Windows 10 apps (Mail, Calendar, Skype, etc) from sharing notifications
The notifications system that Microsoft has developed for Windows 10 is a handy feature, one which many users appreciate. The notifications sent by the operating system and the apps that you have installed are a good way of always being up to date with the things that take place on your computer or with the events that are coming your way. However, while you might want to receive notifications from some apps, you might prefer not to be interrupted by others. For instance, on your work computer, you might not want to get notifications from the Facebook app, although you want to get all the notifications sent by apps such as Mail, Calendar, Skype, Teams or Slack. Here's how to configure and block the notifications that are shared by specific apps, in Windows 10:
NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with October 2018 Update. If you have an older version of Windows 10, things could look different on your PC.
How to block all the notifications from a specific app (such as Mail, Calendar, Skype, Facebook, etc.)
If you want to block the notifications you get from a specific app, start by opening the Settings app. A fast way to open it is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.
In the Settings app, click or tap the System category.
On the left side of the window, click or tap Notifications & actions.
Then, on the right side of the window, scroll until you get to a settings section called "Get notifications from these senders."
In the "Get notifications from these senders" section, locate the app that you want to block from sending notifications, and then turn Off its switch. For instance, let's say that you want to disable all the notifications sent by the Calendar app. To do that, you would have to click or tap on the switch found on its right side and set it Off.
Now you can repeat the action above for all the apps that you want to block from sharing any notifications.
How to access the advanced settings for the notifications that are sent by a specific app (such as Mail, Calendar, Skype, Facebook, etc.)
What if you do not want to see the notification banners displayed by a particular app, or hear the sounds when a notification arrives? In such cases, you have to configure the advanced notifications settings for that app. To do that, follow the steps from the previous section of this guide and locate the app that you want to configure. Then, click or tap on its name.
The Settings app now loads the advanced settings for the notifications that you get from that app. They should look like this:
Let's see what everything here means and does:
How to show or hide notification banners sent by a specific app to your desktop
When you get a notification from an app, it usually displays a banner for a short while on your desktop. Depending on the app's level of integration with Windows 10, some apps can show you banners that contain only written information, while others, like the Calendar app, can also include some control options. Regardless, banners shown by apps on your desktop are always sliding into view from the bottom right part of the screen, like in the screenshot below.
If you want to disable the notification banners shown by a specific app, turn Off the "Show notification banners" switch from that app's advanced notifications settings.
How to stop a certain app from showing notifications on the lock screen
The next switch from the advanced notification settings of an app is related to how your information is handled when your Windows 10 PC is locked. If you do not want the notifications you get from a certain app displayed on the lock screen, and possibly be seen by any unauthorized person near your computer, turn On the switch called "Keep notifications private on the lock screen."
How to stop a specific app from showing notifications in your Action Center
You might want a certain app to display banners on your desktop, but not in your Action Center. By the way, here is an example of how notifications look in the Action Center:
If you want to block a specific app from showing notifications in your Action Center, go to the advanced notification settings of that app. Then, turn Off its "Show notifications in action center" switch.
How to mute the notifications you get from a certain app
Some people want to get notifications but only in their visual form. As you have certainly noticed, most apps in Windows 10 send you notifications that are also accompanied by sounds.
If you do not want to hear sound notifications from a specific app, go to its advanced notifications settings and disable the option named "Play a sound when a notification arrives."
How to set the number of notifications an app can show in the Action Center
The Action Center can show many notifications, from lots of apps. However, you might not want to fill it only with notifications you get from apps like Mail, Calendar or Skype. Alternatively, maybe you want to see more of them in your Action Center. The good news is that Windows 10 lets you set the number of notifications a particular app can display in your Action Center. You can find this setting in the advanced notifications settings of each app, and you can choose to let that app show 1, 3, 5, 10 or 20 notifications in the Action Center.
How to prioritize the notifications that are sent from a specific app in the Action Center
Not only you can set the number of notifications a particular app is allowed to display in your Action Center, but you can also choose how important the notification from an app is.
In the advanced notifications settings of the app you are configuring, you can set its notifications
- to be shown at the Top of the list;
- to be regarded as notifications with a High priority (which means that they are shown above standard priority notifications in the Action Center);
- as Normal priority notifications (these notifications are shown as they come, one after the other).
Which apps did you block from sending notifications on your PC?
The way Windows 10 works when it comes to the notification system is pretty neat. There are lots of customizations you can make, from general to particular settings, like the ones we talked about in this tutorial. Do you like the notifications you get and the amount of control you have on them in Windows 10? Which notifications annoy you most? Did you block the notifications you get from apps such as Mail, Calendar or Skype? Share your insights in the comments section below.