Stop Windows 8 toast notifications while watching videos [Tip]

Win 8 notification

One of the new hundreds of Windows 8’s features is the toast notifications, which are pop-ups from apps that appear on the upper right corner of the screen. They are great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes they can be a little bit annoying when you are watching a video, a movie or when you are just doing something where you need to be totally focus. So today, I want to share a really useful tip that will help you to live in harmony with the notification, by telling Windows 8 that in a specific period of time you don’t want to see any toast alert.


To disable the toast notifications for only a period of time do the following:

1. Use the Windows 8 Key - Small Monochrome +I to bring the Settings menu from the right.

2. Click Notifications and choose for which period of time you want to hide the toasts.

That’s all there is to it!

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 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