How to schedule toast Notifications on Windows 8.1

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Before the only way to not get bothered by toast Notifications was to disable them completely or choose to hide them every 1, 3, or 8 hours. This seems to be a little impractical for many users that need to redo this configuration every other day. Now in Windows 8.1 things have changed, Microsoft is adding a very handy option to schedule app notifications in the PC Settings.

If you’re looking to stop notifications at certain hours of the day, everyday, this is how you do it:


1. Use the Windows 8 Key +I keyboard shortcut to bring the Settings menu, and click or tap Change PC settings.

2. From the PC Settings, navigation through Search & apps, and click Notifications.

3. Finally, under Quiet hours set the time of the day when you don’t want to be bothered. (Make sure you understand that scheduling a time will repeat every day.) Also choose whether to receive alerts during quiet hours.

Quick Tip: Notice that now in Windows 8.1 there is an option to wake the monitor when a new call arrives, which is located under the Notifications section.

Quiet hours, that’s how Microsoft calls this feature, is a welcome feature for all those user who like to watch Netflix or a movie from Xbox video without having to be interrupted by the arrival of a new email. 

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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