How to hide or disable the notification center in Windows 10

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With the Anniversary Update, among many things, Microsoft has also improved the Windows 10 notification center to make it more useful even for those who use non-touch devices.


Preliminary information

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However, it could happen, a little out of habit, that this notification center is even ignored so much that it is completely useless; or, why not, that its icon is annoying because it takes up space on the screen.


Well in this guide we will touch on both points: in fact we will explain both how hide the notification center icon in Windows 10 leaving its functionality unchanged, either how to disable notification center in windows 10 and possibly also get rid of system notifications.

Before proceeding, we warn you that the first is a non-invasive, safe procedure provided by the operating system; the second, on the other hand, requires changes to the registry and could give problems in the future in case of updates.


Hide the notification center icon in Windows 10

This is a suitable solution for whom it doesn't use much functionality and has a Windows 10 device that can be used with a mouse and keyboard. In fact we will go to delete the icon from the system tray by gaining some space without, however, completely disabling the notification center.

The operation is completely reversible and requires no registry changes. Notifications will continue to be shown by apps according to the chosen settings.

The notification center can still be called up at any time using the key combination WIN + A.

To hide the notification center icon in Windows 10, right click or long tap on an empty spot on the taskbar and, from there, select Settings. Alternatively, go to Start> Settings> Personalization> Taskbar.

Scroll down until you find the link "Enable or disable system icons" and click or tap on it.

Look for the entry in the list Notification Center and move the corresponding switch to "Disabled": the notification center icon will disappear immediately.


Simply return the switch to "On" to display the icon again.


Disable Notification Center in Windows 10

Those who do not use the notification center at all (nor the notifications, let alone the quick toggles) will be able to opt for this possibility, effectively eliminating the notification center from Windows 10.

While reversible, this is a more invasive change that involves the registry and could, at some point, possibly give you problems with future updates.

We therefore recommend that you make a full registry backup and restore point before proceeding.

At this point you can follow our previous guide on how to disable notification center in windows 10 e, are being built, are how to completely disable system notifications on Windows 10 (which will remain active even after the notification center is deactivated).


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