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  1. Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10


    How to: Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable the Action Center in Windows 10


    The Action Center in Windows 10 collects and shows toast notifications and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from modern apps. Toast and notifications are then grouped in the Action Center by app and time.

    The Action Center will show you all of your past notifications until you clear them. This can be useful if you had a notification pop-up, and you missed what it said.

    The Action Center also has personalized quick actions at the bottom to be able to easily toggle on/off or open items such as Airplane mode, All settings, Connect, Display, Location, Tablet Mode, VPN, and Wifi.

    If the Action Center is disabled, it will no longer display in the taskbar notification area, and can no longer be opened. The user will still get notifications above the taskbar notification area as usual, but they will no longer be able to review them in the Action Center.

    On a touchscreen, users will still be able to open the Action Center by swiping inwards from the right screen border.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Action Center for all or specific users in Windows 10.

    *Arrow You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Action Center.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Action Center using a REG file
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Action Center in Group Policy

    EXAMPLE: Action Center in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 [​IMG]







    OPTION ONE [/i] To Enable or Disable Action Center using a REG file

    *note The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD values in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    DisableNotificationCenter DWORD

    0 or delete = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Enable Action Center for All Users
    *note 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_Action_Center.reg

    Download

    3. To Disable Action Center for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Action_Center.reg

    Download
    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. restart the PC to apply.

    8. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] To Enable or Disable Action Center in Group Policy

    *note The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option One above.
    1. Open the all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 [​IMG]

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

    4. Do step 5 or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Enable Action Center
    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    *note Not Configured is the default setting.

    6. To Disable Action Center
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


    Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

    8. restart the PC to apply.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Cluster Head, Mar 7, 2016
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  2. newtekie1 Win User

    Disable Action Center in Windows 7?

    Unfortunately that doesn't disable Action Center, all it does it cause Acution Center to bitch about the Security Center service not running.

    Action Center seems to be a different beast from Security Center...

    And telling it to not display any messages gets it out of the way, the same way disabling the icon in the suggestions above does, but Action Center is still enabled and running.
     
    newtekie1, Oct 26, 2019
    #2
  3. Solaris17 Win User
    Disable Action Center in Windows 7?

    thats why you uncheck all of the boxes all i think action center is is a warning about various other aspects of the pc. so just uncheck everything and it wont complain about jack or show the icon its worked on countless 7 formats with me. though i do agree security center is diffirent i wasnt entirely implying that it was the same more like security center in itself is also an unneeded program

    granted but unchecking what it monitors surely is a way to lighten the load? id imagine anyway seeing as your telling it not to actuively check those programs
     
    Solaris17, Oct 26, 2019
    #3
  4. Brink Win User

    Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10  


    Hello John, *Smile

    Turning off the Action Center system icon like in your screenshot would indeed be one way to remove it from the taskbar without completely disabling the Action Center to be able to still use the Win+A shortcut.

    If you like, you could use step 6 in Option Two of the tutorial below to disable the Action Center system icon with a .bat file without completely disabling the Action Center.

    *Arrow Enable or Disable System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Contents of the .bat file for reference:

    Code:
    Code:
    REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F  REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F  taskkill /f /im explorer.exe start explorer.exe
     
    Brink, Oct 26, 2019
    #4
  5. Dude Win User
  6. Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10  


    Unfortunately, the .bat file you provided still disables the action center completely; after running it as administrator, even though the icon is indeed gone from the taskbar, the keyboard shortcut Win+A still does NOT work. It seems to be doing something inherently differently than what simply manually toggling the option in the settings does.

    Is there an easy way to figure out how changing a Windows setting affects the registry? Is there some way I can easily backup the whole registry before applying a change, then apply the change, and then finally back up the registry again and then search for the difference?
     
    JohnTravolski, Oct 26, 2019
    #6
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