The Action Center in Windows 10 became more useful as it created one place for notifications about your system, protection, programs and apps. It also allows easier and faster access to some settings.
The Action Center icon is located just to the right of your time and date in the lower-right corner. Open the Action Center by clicking the icon and a box will slide out from the right side of your screen.
At the top of the Action Center, you may receive notifications about your antivirus settings, Windows Update status and other important issues about your computer. There may be a link for you to click to take you to that specific area, so you can resolve the issue or review it. I recommend you glance in the Action Center periodically to look for new notifications. There will be a number directly on the icon so you can easily notice the number of pending issues.
Since the notifications are saved in the Action Center, you may want to clear them out as they are resolved or reviewed. You can clear them out individually by placing your cursor over the notification and clicking the “X” that appears. Or, you can clear out the entire section by hovering your mouse over the section heading and clicking the “X” that appears. If you want to clear out all your notifications, just click “Clear all” in the upper-right corner and all notifications will be removed.
The quick actions tiles located at the bottom of the Action Center make it very easy to access features such as screen brightness, airplane mode and network and Wi-Fi access. You can also collapse this section where only your four most used tiles will be visible.
To customize this section, click the “All settings” tile, then click “System” and then “Notifications & actions.” Here you can rearrange the tiles in the order you desire by dragging them into position. The tiles that are located at the top of the columns are the four that will appear if you collapse the tiles in the Action Center.
You may also customize this section as to what tiles appear by clicking the link: “Add or remove quick actions.” Click the back arrow at the top-left to return to customize your Action Center.
Below, you’ll see the “Notifications” section. Here you can enable or disable some options. For example, if you would like to “Get notifications from apps and other senders,” move the slider to “On.” You can also turn on to “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows.” If you are adept at Windows 10, you may find this setting aggravating and you may want to keep it off. Once you have decided which ones you want to appear, close the Settings page and then reopen the Action Center to view your changes.
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