How to open and use Windows 10 Action Center

In this post, we will see where is the Action Center in Windows 10, and how to open and use the Windows 10 Action Center. The post also suggests a few troubleshooting steps you may try if you find that the Windows 10 Action Center won’t open or is not working.

The new Notification & Action Center in Windows 10 Anniversary Update looks great. The Action Center is split into two major sections – Notifications and Quick Actions and lets you take a look at all the notifications from all different apps, and even the system.

Windows 10 Action Center

If you are on the latest version of Windows 10, you will find in the extreme right corner of your taskbar. Click on the icon to open the Action Center panel.

Windows 10 Action Center

Here in the top end, you see the notifications, but it is at the bottom end that you can see the shortcuts, which the Action Center houses. Most of these are actually shortcuts to frequently used settings. By choosing any of them, you open the relevant Settings section.

Although the Action Center comes across as a simple tool, it is very useful. It stores and retains important notification for viewing at a later time. Since Notifications are an important feature that defines Action Center, it is essential to have this feature enabled all the time.

However, things can get irritating when you receive a barrage of notifications. If required, you can set the priority of Notifications or disable notifications. To do so, click the Action Center icon located on the right-hand side of the Windows taskbar.

Next, click the All Settings button, chose System and then, Notifications & Actions.

Toggle switches to ‘On’ or ‘Off’ for different app settings.

Notifications and Actions

Quick Actions

In addition to notifications, Windows 10 puts ‘Quick Actions‘ in Action Center. It enables you to switch ‘Tablet Mode‘ quickly and access other settings such as ‘Display’. To choose which Quick Actions appear at the bottom of your computer screen,  hit the Action Center icon and select ‘All Settings’.

After that, select System > Notifications & actions and finally, ‘Add or Remove Quick Actions’ link.

Add Quick Actions

Here, you can select which quick action should appear under Action Center and when done,  close the window to apply the changes.

Disabled Quick Actions

Dismiss Notifications

Cluttering in the Action Center due to the display of many notifications can be minimized to a great extent by dismissing them.  To dismiss individual notifications, hit the Action Center icon on the taskbar and hover your mouse cursor over the notification you’d like to dismiss. Then, click the “X” button to dismiss the notification.

Hope this familiarizes you with the Windows 10 Action Center.

See this post if your Action Center does not open. If you do not use this feature, then this post will show you how to disable Notification and Action Center in Windows 10.

These links may also interest some of you:

  1. How to open Control Panel in Windows 10
  2. How to open Internet Explorer in Windows 10.
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  1. flowerplough

    The action center is another disgusting useless win 8/10 joke. Brushed something on my mousepad and it appeared, had to look online to close it. Win 10 is almost as bad a 8!

  2. flowerplough

    And now it’s gone. Apparently clicking away to another session closed the AC. Hope I never see it again.

  3. razorree

    how to open action center? i don’t have such icon (win10)

  4. Jorge M. Treviño

    My taskbar is on the left (always has). I don’t have the stupid icon!

  5. Jorge M. Treviño


  6. Jorge M. Treviño

    Downgrade to Win 7!

  7. NOBamaNow

    I don’t know why you people Always complain about your Favorite Operating System. You know there’s also Apple iOS and Linux, Linux in 1000 flavors to suit your mood. Admittedly, iOS has been going the way of mOS (Mickey$oft OS) ever since Jobs passed…

  8. Dee Felton

    You may need the latest Win10 update.

  9. Dee Felton

    Second para beneath the Action Center image says: “However, things can get troublesome when you receive”. When you receive WHAT!?

  10. Deleted that line. Thanks for pointing this out.

    The next line says it all – However, things can get irritating when you receive a barrage of notifications.

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