This article describes the steps to enable or disable the Notification Center in Windows 11.
Windows 11 puts notifications in the Notification Center—right on the taskbar—where you can get to them instantly from a flyout.
To open the Notification Center, select the area of the taskbar where the system clock is displayed. (You can also swipe in from the right edge of a touchscreen device, or press Windows logo key + N).
Notifications will also automatically be displayed when they arrive, sometimes with sounds, if your device is not in a “Do Not Disturb” state.
Windows now allow you to enable or disable the Notification Center using the Local Group Policy Editor or the Windows Registry Editor, and the steps below show you how to do that.
Disable or enable the notification center via group policy
As described above, Windows now allows you to enable or disable the Notification Center using the local group policy editor and Windows registry editor.
Below is how to do that.
First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Click on the Start menu button and search for “Edit group policy“. Under Best match, select Edit group policy result.
In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
In the Start Menu and Taskbar details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting that says “Remove Notifications and Action Center“.
On the Remove Notifications and Action Center window set the option to Not Configure, Enabled, or Disabled.
- Not Configured (default)
- Enabled – Notifications and Action Center is not displayed in the notification area. Notifications will still appear but users won’t be able to review them.
- Disabled – Same as Not Configured – Notifications and Security Maintenance will be displayed on the taskbar.
Save your changes, exit, and reboot.
Enable or disable the Notification Center via the Windows Registry Editor
If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, you can use the Windows Registry editor instead.
Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.
If you don’t see the Explorer folder key, right-click on the Windows key, then create the subkey (Explorer) folders.
On the right pane of the Explorer folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named DisableNotificationCenter.
Double-click the new value name (DisableNotificationCenter) and enter the Value data of 1 to disable the Notification and Action Center on the taskbar.
A Value data of 0 enable the Notification and Action Center on the taskbar.
Repeat the steps above for both registry keys.
That should do it!
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