Personalization Enable or Disable Notification Center in Windows 11


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Windows 11 puts notifications in the Notification Center (Win+N) on the taskbar corner where you can get to them instantly from the flyout.

You will also see the calendar flyout under the Notification Center flyout.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22610, you can disable opening the Notification Center and calendar flyouts via group policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open the Notification Center for all or specific users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Notification Center and calendar flyouts.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Notification Center for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Notification Center for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Notification Center and calendar flyouts

Notification_Center_and Calendar_flyout.jpg





Option One

Enable or Disable Notification Center for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Notification_Center_and Calendar_flyout_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Remove Notifications and Action Center policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Notification Center

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Notification_Center_and Calendar_flyout_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Notification Center

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Notification_Center_and Calendar_flyout_gpedit-3.png

7 Close the Local Group Policy Editor.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Notification Center for All Users using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Notification Center for All Users

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Notification_Center_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=-

3 Disable Notification Center for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Notification_Center_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi Brink,
Thanks for creating the registry keys. But, I found out that these keys sometimes work and sometimes don't. Even when I run the .reg file and check in the registry, I don't find the registry entries mentioned in the .reg file. Thanks
 

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Hi Brink,
Thanks for creating the registry keys. But, I found out that these keys sometimes work and sometimes don't. Even when I run the .reg file and check in the registry, I don't find the registry entries mentioned in the .reg file. Thanks

Hello, and welcome. :-)

If Registry Editor is already open, then you may need to refresh (F5) it or close/reopen to see the change.

In addition to step 7 in option two.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I guess we have a GPO in our organization that is overriding the reg key. Thanks again!
Or do you know if there is a way to bypass the GPO for the notification center?
 

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Thanks for the reply. I guess we have a GPO in our organization that is overriding the reg key. Thanks again!
Or do you know if there is a way to bypass the GPO for the notification center?
If set by a GPO in your organization, then there's nothing you can do. :(
 

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thanks for the guide
Is there any way to selectively remove just the notification flyout/card while showing the new calendar flyout (when the taskbar clock is clicked)? The closest I've found is using startallback or explorerpatcher to restore the windows 10 taskbar, but then it removes the quick settings panel which I want to keep.

It looks like this video shows what I want, but the user doesn't explain how they achieved this.
see taskbar calendar flyout here
also comments here seem to discuss reg edits to do this, but they don't work in 22H2

Currently running:
Version 22H2
Installed on ‎5/‎16/‎2022
OS build 22623.1028
 
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@lowestprime

You can't really shut off the Notifications :(
You can add the clock to the calendar, but can only add the seconds on the Insider versions 25247 or higher.




/edit

If you haven't already done so... the best you can do with Notifications is this...

Got to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications

...and set ToastEnabled to 0 (zero)
 
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lowestprime

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You can't really shut off the Notifications :(
You can add the clock to the calendar, but can only add the seconds on the Insider versions 25247 or higher.
thanks
hmm, what about restoring the win10 taskbar with startallback (or its underlying tweaks/reg edits), and then restoring the quick settings panel so the calendar is the only taskbar change. I wonder if this is possible? Currently, I'm using the whole win10 taskbar, but I actually like the win11 quicksettings panel. :(
 

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thanks
hmm, what about restoring the win10 taskbar with startallback (or its underlying tweaks/reg edits), and then restoring the quick settings panel so the calendar is the only taskbar change. I wonder if this is possible? Currently, I'm using the whole win10 taskbar, but I actually like the win11 quicksettings panel. :(

Anything to do with StartAllBack would be here. I don't use that program.


For Explorer Patcher...




The only things I use are Winaero Tweaker, Vive Tool (which sort of works), and the tutorials.

Well, I also use TranslucentTB and RoundedTB to make the Taskbar... clear.

000000 Win 11 - START and Context Menus.jpg
 
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Andrey Paunov

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thanks for the guide
Is there any way to selectively remove just the notification flyout/card while showing the new calendar flyout (when the taskbar clock is clicked)? The closest I've found is using startallback or explorerpatcher to restore the windows 10 taskbar, but then it removes the quick settings panel which I want to keep.

It looks like this video shows what I want, but the user doesn't explain how they achieved this.
see taskbar calendar flyout here
also comments here seem to discuss reg edits to do this, but they don't work in 22H2

Currently running:
Version 22H2
Installed on ‎5/‎16/‎2022
OS build 22623.1028
Hello! I uploaded the video you have linked here. I want to inform you that I was still running Windows 11 21H2. My PC is unsupported for Windows 11, and I hadn't archived everything yet, in order to reformat the machine and force the next feature update 22H2 (Microsoft doesn't offer feature updates on unsupported PCs). The Notifications panel would disappear after clearing all notifications in the previous version of Windows 11.
 

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lowestprime

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Hello! I uploaded the video you have linked here. I want to inform you that I was still running Windows 11 21H2. My PC is unsupported for Windows 11, and I hadn't archived everything yet, in order to reformat the machine and force the next feature update 22H2 (Microsoft doesn't offer feature updates on unsupported PCs). The Notifications panel would disappear after clearing all notifications in the previous version of Windows 11.
Thank you, that makes complete sense.
 

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