System Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Windows 11

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Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Focus assist allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

To stay focused, you can choose which notifications you would like to see and hear, and the rest will go straight to the Notification Center (Win+N) where you can see them any time.
  • Off - Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
  • Priority only (on) - See only selected notifications from the priority list.
  • Alarms only (on) - Hide all notifications, except for alarms.
Automatic rules allows you to choose the times and activities when you do not want to be disturbed and focus assist will turn on automatically even if focus assist is currently turned off.

You can turn on Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off focus assist for your account in Windows 11.


  • Option One: Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Quick Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Settings

EXAMPLE: Focus assist icon on taskbar corner indicating it's turned on



Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Quick Settings

1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the Focus assist quick setting button to cycle between Off, Priority only, or Alarms only for what you want. (see screenshots below)



Turn On or Off Focus Assist in Settings

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Focus assist on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Select (dot) Off, Priority only, or Alarms only for which notifications you want to see and hear with focus assist. (see screenshot below)


4 You can now close Settings if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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