Get more out of Windows 10 Action Center with these tips for Windows Insiders

Mark Coppock

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Every now and then, the Windows Experience blog takes a few minutes to highlight a Windows 10 feature and provide some tips on to use it best. Today, the team focused on the Action Center, specifically the newest features coming in this summer’s Anniversary Update and available in the last Windows Insider builds.

Today’s entry provides four tips on getting the most out of the new Action Center. Here are the details.

1. Sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft Account and set up some photo reminders (reminders which you can attach a photo to so that it shows up as part of the content when it triggers). In addition, navigate to Cortana’s notebook to set-up notifications for updates on your favorite news topics as well as final scores of the teams you follow. Do this by adding topics and teams and enabling the notifications check-box.

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Photo reminders.

2. Download your favorite apps. Many of them already feature rich notifications, a few examples of these are: Flipboard, Skype UWP Preview, Facebook , LINE and many others!

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Rich notifications.

3. Get web notifications from your favorite websites via Microsoft Edge. Open Microsoft Edge, visit a website that supports web notifications such as or, sign-in, grant permission when prompted (only once), and as long as you don’t close the browser tab (it’s fine if tab is not in focus or not in foreground) you will get notifications directly in your Action Center.

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Edge web notifications.

4. Get your phone’s notifications on your PC. Just make sure you are signed-in to Cortana on both devices with the same Microsoft Account, and you should start seeing your phone’s notifications mirrored onto your PC. It works for Android too, just download the latest Cortana app.

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Phone notifications.

In addition, Microsoft provides a great deal of control over how notifications are delivered.

Control which apps can forward notifications and which ones you rather keep in your phone

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Turn notifications on/off.

You can do this from your phone by going into Cortana Settings > Manage Notifications > Select your device. Alternatively control them directly from Action Center by clicking the settings icon (or tap and hold) on the notification itself and selecting the top option.

Prioritize the notifications that are most important to you

From Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Select an app from the list and pick the priority level that you want. The app with the most recent notification will show up at the top of each priority group, so you never miss the latest.

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Prioritize notifications.

Silent notifications

If you don’t want to see notification banners for a particular app you have the option to still get the notifications directly into your Action Center and just see the app logo animate in the taskbar. To do this turn off notification banners under Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Select an app from the list.

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Silent notifications.

Number of notifications

Select how may notifications you want to see for each app in Action Center without the need to expand. The default is three, but you can select 1, 3, 5, 10, 20. Go to Settings > System > “Notifications & actions” and select an app from the list. If you really don’t want to see them at all, you can turn notifications off. Note: apps will only appear in the list once they’ve sent at least one notification.

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Number of notifications.

Customizable Quick Actions

Now you can customize the Quick actions that appear inside Action Center. Add, remove and rearrange them to get exactly what you need at your fingertips. Do this under Settings > System > Notifications & actions.

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Customizable quick actions.

So, that’s some helpful information there on the new Action Center in the latest Windows Insider builds and that will be coming to everyone in the Anniversary Update this summer. Let us know in the comments what you think about the Action Center, and what you’d like to see from it in the future.