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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mtariqkhan

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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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mtariqkhan

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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. :(
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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