How to Prioritize App Notifications in Action Center on Windows

Every application has its own notifications. These are used to inform the user about the background activities of the application. It also gives details about updates. New messages, images or any other form of data received from other users is also shown in notifications. Information sent by the developers or creators appears in a similar fashion.

Every device has multiple applications. Each application has its own set of relevant notifications. As a result, the system receives a large number of notifications. In case of your laptop, not all of these notifications need to be seen immediately. The user should be able to decide which particular set of notifications they wish to see. If the most relevant notifications are displayed first, then the user sees them first. Thus, they do not miss any important information. This in turn prevents loss of data. Any required action can be taken immediately.

This is achieved in most modern systems using the concept of priorities. The applications are separated into sections. These sections differ from each other based on their importance. If the app is considered to be more relevant or important, its notifications appear first. The applications with lower priority appear later. Thus, the user can complete all the important, required work, before they look at the other notifications. This allows the user to view the apps of lower priority only when the user has time. Thus, this method increases the effectiveness of the user.

The number and type of the notifications can also be controlled. Additionally, the user can decide which applications are allowed to show notifications. Sounds etc can also be controlled.

With the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, 14316, users can now change the priority for application notifications from the action center. This feature allows three levels of priority:

  • Top Level: This is the highest level of priority that can be assigned. Only one application can be assigned top priority at a time. If a new app is set to top priority the previous app becomes ‘high’ priority.
  • High Level: These notifications are below those of the top-level. Multiple applications can have this level. Organization is on the basis of notification receiving time.
  • Normal Level: Placed below notifications of ‘high’ and ‘top’ level, this is the default priority level.

Thus, once the priority level is defined, it is easier for the user to use their time effectively. Only the relevant and important notifications are shown first.

By default, all applications are given a ‘Normal’ priority. If an application is given higher priority, it comes under the level ‘High’. Only one application can be given the ‘Top’ priority at a time. The notifications appear in the order of Top, followed by High, and then Normal. Usually, for professionals, the Top priority is given to their emails or work-related applications. This ensures that they do not miss any important information that may be provided by their workplace. High priority is given to any applications which may have data that is immediately relevant. Any and all other apps are given ‘Normal’ priority.

If the notifications from a particular application are not required, then the notifications can be switched off from the Action Center.

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  • Open Start Menu
  • Click the cog, to open Settings
  • Next, click on System.  Notifications are considered as system settings
  • Click on Notifications & Actions

 How to Prioritize App Notifications in Action Center on Windows


  • From the list of applications, find the app for which you want to change priority. Enabling. and/or disabling of notifications is also possible from this panel.
  • Click on the application to open its notification settings.
  • Enable the radio button for the priority option of your choice.

How to Prioritize App Notifications in Action Center on Windows

  • In case the priority selected is ‘Top’, click on Confirm in the dialog box that opens. This is to replace the app which now has Top priority with the selected application.

This method makes your system more effective and shows relevant data on top, according to your preferences. Thus, it is possible for the user to use only the required data. By varying priority levels, the system is easier to customize and user-friendly. Also, the number of notifications are reduced. No external agencies or hosts are required since all changes can be made from the in-built Action Center.

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Notifications are used by applications to make users aware of the background processes, messages and other important information related to the app. However, not all these notifications are required by the user. In Windows, the user can define the priority associated with a particular application. This ensures that the notifications are shown in a particular order. Using this order, the user can cater to the important and relevant information first. Thus, the user’s work is carried out more effectively.

The Windows notification priority can be set directly from the Action Center. This allows three levels of priority. Namely, the top level priority, given to a single app, followed by the high level priority and then the normal priority. If the user does not want notifications from a particular application, then this can also be switched off.