How to disable Action Center flyout on Windows 10

Can't find a good use for the Action Center? Here's is how you can remove it from the Windows 10 taskbar.

Action Center on Windows 10
Action Center on Windows 10

Action Center is a feature on Windows 10 that combines system and app notifications and puts them into a single interface that can easily be accessed through the taskbar, so you’ll never miss any important alert. Action Center also hosts the quick actions buttons to help you get access to your most-used settings and apps quickly.

However, the experience may not be a functionality for everyone. If you happen not to have any use for it, you can easily disable using the settings app.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to disable Action Center on Windows 10.

How to disable Action Center using Settings

To disable Action Center on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Taskbar.

  4. Under the “Notification area” section, click the “Turn system icons on or off” option.

    Turn system icons on or off option
    Turn system icons on or off option
  5. Turn off the Action Center toggle switch.

    Disable Action Center on Windows 10
    Disable Action Center on Windows 10

It’s worth pointing out that disabling or removing the Action Center doesn’t stop the toasts notifications from showing up. To disable toasts notifications, go to Settings > Notifications & actions, and under Notifications, disable the type of notifications you want to disable or turn off the Get notifications from apps and other senders toggle switch to disable all notifications.

While you won’t see the Action Center button in the notification area, if you ever need to access your notifications, you can always use the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].