At times when you are doing some important work on your computer, those annoying notifications may really irritate you. Popping notifications also distract your focus from your really important work leading to mistakes and hence disappointment. Here is where Windows 10’s Focus Assist (released with April 2018 Update) comes in.
Focus Assist helps you stay focused by easily blocking notifications, sounds, and alerts to create distraction-free work environment. This feature might come really handy if your are preparing for or giving a presentation or trying to focus on a paper, you can use Focus Assist to block interruptions or distractions on your Windows 10 PC.
How does Focus Assist works?
Focus assist allows you to choose when to block notifications. You can turn on Focus assist whenever you want to block notifications and work without distractions, like sounds, and alerts. Or you may set Focus Assist to turn on automatically at certain times during the day.
You can always make sure you don’t miss your important notifications by creating priority list. You may set Focus Assist to allow high priority notifications even when Focus Assist is ON.
You can easily find out what you have missed while you were working on your important project. As soon as you turn off Focus Assist, a summary of notifications and alerts appears on your screen.
How to enable Focus Assist?
Here are 3 simple ways that allow you can enable Focus Assist. You can enable Focus Assist from Action Center, Right-click menu on Action Center icon and from Settings. Let’s check them one by one:
1. Action Center
You can quickly toggle Focus Assist on or off from a quick action button in the Action Center. Just click on Action center icon and then click on Focus Assist icon repeatedly to toggle between Priority & Alarms only modes or to turn Focus Assist off.
If you don’t see Focus Assist icon in Action Center, click on Expand to view more icons.
2. Action Center right-click menu
Another way to enable Focus Assist is to right-click on Action Center icon and hover over Focus Assist and select any one of the three options – Off, Priority only and Alarms only to enable respective option.
3. System Settings
Besides above two methods, you can also enable Focus Assist from Settings also. Go to Settings > System and select Focus Assist from left pane. On the right side, you have options to select from Off, Priority only & Alarms only. You can also configure automatic rules for Focus Assist. You can configure these rules to automatically turn on or off Focus Assist during specific time span of the day.
Focus Assist is one of the many other useful features release with Windows 10 April 2018 build. You can go here to read more about what’s new in the April 2018 Update.