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How to enable Do Not Disturb mode to stop notifications on Windows 11

Windows 11 22H2 now comes with a Do Not Disturb feature to silence notifications while you're actively using the computer.

Windows 11 22H2 Do Not Disturb

Alongside all the new changes, Windows 11 22H2 also comes with the “Do Not Disturb” feature, making it easier to silence notification banners on the desktop to help you concentrate without breaking your workflow.

You can also set up rules to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb in the Notifications settings, control priority, and more.

Technically, the feature isn’t new. It was previously known as “Focus assist,” but in version 22H2, Microsoft changed the name, tweaked the interface, and added new settings.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable or disable the Do Not Disturb feature on Windows 11 22H2.

Enable Do Not Disturb on Windows 11

The easiest way to enable Do Not Disturb is to use the Windows key + N keyboard shortcut to open Notification Center and click the Bell icon in the top-right corner.

To enable Do Not Disturb through the Settings app on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Notifications tab.

  4. Turn on the “Do not disturb” toggle switch to stop distraction on Windows 11.

    Enable Do Not Disturb

Once you complete the steps, the system will silence all notification banners. However, all the alerts will continue to appear in Notification Center.

Turn Do Not Disturb on or off automatically on Windows 11

To control Do Not Disturb automatically, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Notifications tab.

  4. Turn on the “Do not disturb” toggle switch.

  5. Click the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” setting.

  6. Check the During these times option.

  7. Set the on and off time to silence notifications.

    Automatic Do Not Disturb

  8. Choose the repeat setting.

After you complete the steps, the Do Not Disturb feature will enable and disable automatically, depending on your configuration.

In addition to setting up a schedule, you can also decide whether to stop notifications banners at certain times, such as when duplicating the display, playing games, apps in full-screen mode, and for the first hours after a feature update installation.

Disable Do Not Disturb on Windows 11

To disable Do Not Disturb, use the Windows key + N keyboard shortcut to open Notifications Center and click the Bell icon in the top-right corner to turn off the feature.

To disable Do Not Disturb to resume getting notifications, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Notifications tab.

  4. Turn off the “Do not disturb” toggle switch to allow notifications on Windows 11.

    Disable Do Not Disturb

After you complete the steps, notifications pop-ups and sounds will resume.

If you don’t find the feature, it’s because you are not running the version of Windows 11 that includes these settings. Do Not Disturb is available on version 22H2 and later releases.