On Windows 10, Focus assist (formerly known as Quiet hours) is a handy feature that allows to put a block to notifications to avoid interruptions to stay focus, but it’s been quite a limited experience. Starting with version 1803, Windows 10 is introducing a number of improvements to automatically choose the times when you don’t want to be bothered, including the ability to priorities.
Using priorities, you can turn on Focus assist allowing certain notifications to breakthrough your quiet hours, such as calls, texts, and reminders, selected people from your contact list, or specify apps.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use Focus assist using priorities on Windows 10.
How to use Focus assist with priorities
If you don’t want to completely block all notifications, but you still don’t want to be disturbed while working on your computer, use these steps to configure Focus assist priorities:
Click on System.
Click on Focus assist.
Select the Priority only option.
Click the Customize your priority list link.
Configure the notifications that you want to allow during while Focus assist is enable:
- Calls, text, and reminders — Allows Cortana to show incoming internet and phone calls, and text messages when you have your phone linked to your PC. Also, reminders will be allowed regardless of the app.
- People — You’ll see notifications from any contact you add to this list during Focus assist.
- Apps — Those apps you add to this list will be able to show notifications while Focus assist is enabled.
Once you’ve completed the steps, while Focus assist is turned on, those notifications you configured will be allowed through, so you don’t miss an important call or text.
If you don’t see the Focus assist settings, it’s likely because you’re not running Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4) or later, which is expected to release sometime in 2018.
Update January 29, 2017: This guide has been updated to reflect the name change of Quiet hours to Focus assist starting with Windows 10 version 1803.