How to schedule toast Notifications on Windows 8.1

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Before, the only way to avoid being bothered by toast Notifications was to disable them completely or choose to hide them every 1, 3, or 8 hours. This seems a little impractical for many users who 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, every day, this is how you do it:


  1. Use the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut to bring to the Settings menu, and click or tap Change PC settings.
  2. From the PC Settings, navigate through Search and Apps and click on Notifications.
  3. Finally, under Quiet hours, set the time of the day when you don’t want to be bothered. (Ensure you understand that scheduling a time will repeat daily.) Also, choose whether to receive alerts during quiet hours.

On Windows 8.1 there is an option to wake the monitor when a new call arrives, under the Notifications section.[/tbx]

Microsoft calls this feature quiet hours. It is a welcome feature for all users who like to watch Netflix or a movie from Xbox video without being interrupted by the arrival of a new email. 

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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 14 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 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 Email him at [email protected].