Windows 10 Version 2004: New Choices for Managing App Notifications

Windows 10 version 2004, or Windows 10 May 2020 Update, is just nearby, as Microsoft is expected to ship it towards the first wave of production devices when the in a few days.

And something from the improvements that you’ll find after updating to this new release concerns notifications, as Microsoft has tried to make it easier to manage them from the desktop.

The software giant explained last year if this rolled out the new notifications controls to users signed up for the Windows Insider program that it was all based on feedback.

“Based in your feedback, we’ve been focusing on providing you with additional control over potential interruptions. Introducing Focus Help automatically suppress notifications when you’re attempting to stay in the moment and not get distracted, and adding the option to make use of middle click to dismiss notifications if you want to quickly create a notification toast go away. One thing we’ve been told by you, though, is that our notification settings aren’t easily discoverable. In addition, once you find the settings, they may be obscure,” the company explains.

So Windows 10 version 2004 introduces a series of notification improvements according to each one of these requirements.

The first thing you’ll notice is that each notification now comes with a small settings icon (the apparatus icon) which when clicked provides you with extra options.

This new icon enables you to switch off all notifications for the app that’s sending it, which means you don’t have to check out the Settings app for the entire thing. Everything’s considerably faster now, and it all requires a couple of clicks to disable the notifications for any specific app.

Of course, a shortcut to access the notification settings is also included in this new menu if you want to configure it more thoroughly.

And speaking of the settings, the notifications page continues to be redesigned for any more straightforward process. For example, you’ll now see small thumbnails for notification banners and action center to figure out easier which settings you’re changing. This is something which is useful especially for beginners because it’s simpler to visualize the alterations they make.

Then, there’s a new choice to easily mute all notifications, again a welcome improvement because you no more have to depend on the old Control Panel applet to get rid of the sound. Everything comes down to a toggle now, so that you can keep using notifications, but without any sound.

The company has also included notification improvements in the Action Center, with a brand new “manage notifications” button open to jump right towards the Settings screen.

“We’ve also added a brand new direct link towards the top of the experience Center to handle notifications, therefore it takes one less key to get to Notification & Actions settings. To make room with this we’ve moved the “no notifications” text right down to the center of the Action Center, which also means your eyes don’t have to traverse as far to determine it when you launch the Action Center from the bottom from the screen,” the organization explains.

And something last change visiting notifications concerns their email list where one can configure to obtain notifications from select apps. Microsoft has added an option to sort the list through the most recent notification senders, so it’s much easier to disable them if you would like.

Windows 10 version 2004 has already been available in the Release Preview ring, if you want to try out all these improvements at this time, you can just head over to the Windows Insider program to download the most recent build.