How to Turn On or Off Do Not Disturb in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Do not disturb notifications in Windows 11. Windows comes with a feature called Focus assist, that allows users to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

Windows has reimagined focus experiences and introduced Do Not Disturb – a feature that makes it easy to silence notifications all together.

Focus enables everyone to stay in the moment and minimize distractions on their PC. Do not disturb will make it easy to silence notification banners so not to get distracted. When you are ready to see the notifications that you may have missed, you can find them in Notification Center.

The new Do not disturb experience is not available to all PCs at the moment. Only PC enrolled in Windows 11 Insider Preview will be able to get it when updated.

Below, we’ll show you how to turn On or Off Do not disturb in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable Do not disturb in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Do not disturb will make it easy to silence notification banners so not to get distracted.

It is easy to start focus right from Notification Center (click on the time and date in the taskbar):

windows 11 turn on or off focus

Alternatively, one can use Windows 11 Settings app to turn on focus or Do not disturb settings.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System > Notifications tile to expand it.

windows 11 do not disturb on or off

On the Notifications settings pane, under Do not disturb, select Do not disturb tile then toggle the button to the On or Off position.

windows 11 do not disturb on button

If you want, you can turn on or off Do not disturb automatically at specific time. Click on the Turn on do not disturb automatically to expand it open.

Then specify the activities or time when you want you computer to automatically turn on Do not disturb.

do not disturb banner windows 11

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn on or off do not disturb in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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