What is Quiet Hours on Windows 10 and How to Use It

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When you are working on an important project on your computer and notifications distract you from the work, nothing can be more disturbing than this. Microsoft has come up with quiet hours to let you focus on your work without any distractions. If you enable this feature on Windows 10, you no longer need to think about getting incessant notifications that you no longer want to see. By using this feature, you can increase your productivity as you become able to focus on your task. In this article, we are going to discuss what is Quiet hours on Windows 10 and how to enable or disable quiet hours on your computer along with other related information. Let’s begin:

 

What is ‘Quiet Hours’ on Windows 10?

 

‘Quiet hours’ is a kind of ‘do not disturb’ mode for your Windows 10 computer. You can set hours when notifications will not pop up on your windows. However, you can stop notifications completely or partially as you like. This feature is generally used someone is engaged with something important like doing a presentation or taking online classes.

 

The tool that is used to set ‘quiet hours’ or ‘do not disturb mode’ is called Focus Assist on Windows 10. This is not a feature added in 2020. It was introduced basically in the April 2018 update of Windows 10. Though this feature itself was previously known as ‘Quiet Hours’, that changed into Focus Assist from this update. However, it has not only changed its name but also added new features and options to customize the user experience. The new Focus Assist is easy to enable and disable. We are going to discuss the process in the following sections.

 

How to Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist

 

If you want to enable or disable quiet hours by Focus Assist on Windows 10, there are two different ways you can follow to do it. Let’s know them one by one.

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How To Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist from Settings

 

The first way to enable or disable quiet hours by Focus Hours is by using the Settings of your Windows 10 PC. Here’s how to do it:

 

  • Go to the search bar of your PC or press Windows Key + S to enter the search bar.

 

  • Type ‘Settings’ to enter the Settings of your computer.  

 

 

  • Find out “System” settings at the beginning of the Settings. Enter system settings by clicking on it.  

 

 

  • From the left bar of the new window, find ‘Focus Assist’. Click on this menu to enter Focus Assist.  

 

How to Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist

 

  • Now you will find three options to choose from. You can either disable quiet hours, set priority only mode or choose to be notified by alarms only.

 

  • If you select the ‘Off’ option, it means that you will have the quiet hours no longer active or enabled. You will receive all available notifications pop-up on your Windows 10 display from the contacts and apps.

 

  • If you set ‘Priority Only’ mode, it means that you will only get notifications from those apps and services only that you have added in the priority list. You can customize your priority lists as per your preference.

 

  • And if you use ‘Alarm Only’, it will disable or hide all notifications except the set alarms when focus assist is enabled.

 

How To Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist from Action Center

You can also enable or disable quiet hours by focus assist using the action center on your Windows 10 computer. There are two ways to do it. Let’s see one after the other.

1. Go to the taskbar and click on the last icon of it. This icon looks like a ‘messenger’ icon. Press on the right side of the mouse to enter the access center. Now, you will find the focus assist menu. When you click on this menu, you will be shown with the options to set focus assist to ‘off’, ‘priority only’ and ‘alarms only’ mode. Choose any one of them you want to use.

 

How To Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist from Action Center

 

2. There is another way to enable or disable focus assist. Go to the last icon of the taskbar. Press on the left side of the mouse. From all the available shortcut menu, click on Focus Assist. If you click it once, it will set priority only mode. If you press twice, it will come with alarms only mode. And, if you press it for the third time, it will disable focus assist. If you disable or make it off, then all the notifications will appear on your display from then on.

 

How To Enable and Disable Quiet Hours by Focus Assist from Action Center

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

  1. Go to the search bar or press Windows Key + S to enter the search option. Enter ‘Focus Assist Settings’ to open Focus Assist on Windows 10.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

2. You will see the automatic rules menu after the main settings of the Focus Assist. You will be given three options to set under this automatic rules: During these times, when I am duplicating my display and when I am playing a game.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

3. Now choose one that you want to enable. Toggle on to activate and enable the rules. Click on each rule to enter and customize.

 

4. During these times — In this setting, you can set hours when Focus Assist will be enabled and disabled automatically by itself. You can choose the starting and ending time of focus assist is activated. Use the ‘Repeats” dropdown menu to choose the frequency to daily, weekly and weekends. You can also choose the focus level as per your choice.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

5. When I’m duplicating my display — if you activate this setting, the focus assist will start to work when you are engaged in mirroring the display or screen. For example, when you are in a meeting in the middle of the presentation, pop-up notifications can be the deal-breaker. So, you should use it before you go for a meeting or taking classes that engage the use of the display.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

6. When I’m playing a game — enabling this feature will make sure that you are not disturbed with notifications while you are playing games on full screen.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

 

How To Set Priority List in Quiet Hours On Windows 10

 

On your quiet hours, you have the privilege to choose the people, apps, calls or texts that you want to bypass the focus assist so that you do not miss anything very important. Here’s how to set a priority list for apps, texts, and notifications you want to see even when you are in do not disturb mode:

1. Go to Settings>System>Focus Assist to enter focus assist settings first.

 

2. Under ‘Priority Only’ mode, click on ‘Customize your priority list’.

 

3. Now, in the first section of the priority list, you can choose to show the incoming calls including VoIP when you are on focus assist mode. The second section deals with people. You can choose to get notifications from the people from social networking websites, messaging apps or calling apps. In the app section part, you can choose or add the apps that you would love to get notifications even when you are in the quiet hours. Note that, you can only choose those apps that you have downloaded from Microsoft Store.

 

How to Set Focus Assist Automatic Rules on Windows 10

 

4. So, that’s how you can set your priority list for calls, peoples, and apps. If you enable priority only mode, these features will work as per your preference.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Now that you know about what is quiet hours on Windows, you can enable or disable it through focus assist. You will no longer be disturbed with the notifications, messages or calls when you are doing something very important. We hope that you have understood everything related to quiet hours on Windows 10.

 

 

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