How to turn off notifications while presenting in Windows 10

Windows 10 displays lots and lots of notifications. While most of them are useful and gives insight into developing system problems so that you can be prepared, and other notifications include emails, severe weather alert popup, and many others. But if you are using your computer for presenting the PowerPoint shows often, then you may probably be frustrated already and may want o turn off notifications.

Thankfully, you don’t need to disable notifications permanently, instead Windows 10 lets you configure notifications the way you want. You can choose to turn off notifications only while in presentation mode. Other idea is to switch to ‘Quiet mode’ while presenting, but there are high chances that you forget to do it. I will let you decide which option you want to use.


Windows 10 Quiet Hours mode

You can quickly enable ‘Quiet hours’ mode to disable all notification alerts all together until you toggle it back to normal mode.

Click Action Center icon on taskbar and click ‘Quiet hours’ and you are done. You will also see a – icon on the action center indicating that the Quiet mode is active.

Quiet Mode

Quiet Mode

Hide Notifications while Presenting

So if you are too busy to forget turning on the Quiet hours mode, you can simply hide notifications while presenting like using a PowerPoint in presentation mode. Note that the notifications are only hidden from popping up with the notification sound, you can still access all this notifications in the Action Center so that you won’t lose reading them.

1. Click Action Center icon and then ‘All Settings’.

Action Center

Action Center

2. Click ‘System’.


System Settings

System Settings

3. Click ‘Notifications & actions’ in the left pane of system settings, and then turn on ‘Hide notifications while presenting’.

Notifications Off While Presenting

Notifications Off While Presenting

Next time you present something, you won’t see any dings, bells or disrupting alerts. If you deal with emails a lot and one of those important and urgent emails, you can choose to let the email notifications shown. Scroll down the same window and turn on notification of emails only.

Show only Email Notifications

Show only Email Notifications


Which one of the methods shown above do you use? Let us know in your comments below.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.