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Microsoft shares tips about the new Action Center & notifications features


Microsoft has enhanced the Action Center and Notifications in Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 1 aka Anniversary update and if you have followed our coverage of the Redstone builds you may have seen our detailed hands-on of the new and in many cases unreported features.

You can catch our full Windows 10 Mobile Redstone changelog, hands-on here

Microsoft has now shared some tips about how to get the most out of the new Action Center, though we have also shared some tutorials and hands-on videos about the new Action Center and Notifications control ourselves.

How To create Calls & Photo reminders without opening Cortana on Redstone Builds

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Windows 10 Mobile Build 14322: New Action Center features hands-on demo

Official Action Center Tips:

1. Sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft Account and set up some photo reminders (reminders which you can attach a photo to so that it shows up as part of the content when it triggers). In addition, navigate to Cortana’s notebook to set-up notifications for updates on your favorite news topics as well as final scores of the teams you follow. Do this by adding topics and teams and enabling the notifications check-box.

Cortana for Action Center

2. Download your favorite apps. Many of them already feature rich notifications, a few examples of these are: Flipboard, Skype UWP Preview, Facebook , LINE and many others!

3. Get web notifications from your favorite websites via Microsoft Edge. Open Microsoft Edge, visit a website that supports web notifications such as web.skype.com or web.groupme.com, sign-in, grant permission when prompted (only once), and as long as you don’t close the browser tab (it’s fine if tab is not in focus or not in foreground) you will get notifications directly in your Action Center


4. Get your phone’s notifications on your PC. Just make sure you are signed-in to Cortana on both devices with the same Microsoft Account, and you should start seeing your phone’s notifications mirrored onto your PC. It works for Android too, just download the latest Cortana app.

More of what you want, less of what you don’t

Control which apps can forward notifications and which ones you rather keep in your phone

You can do this from your phone by going into Cortana Settings > Manage Notifications > Select your device. Alternatively control them directly from Action Center by clicking the settings icon (or tap and hold) on the notification itself and selecting the top option.Prioritize the notifications that are most important to you:

From Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Select an app from the list and pick the priority level that you want. The app with the most recent notification will show up at the top of each priority group, so you never miss the latest.Silent notifications:

If you don’t want to see notification banners for a particular app you have the option to still get the notifications directly into your Action Center and just see the app logo animate in the taskbar. To do this turn off notification banners under Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Select an app from the list.Number of notifications

Select how may notifications you want to see for each app in Action Center without the need to expand. The default is three, but you can select 1, 3, 5, 10, 20. Go to Settings > System > “Notifications & actions” and select an app from the list. If you really don’t want to see them at all, you can turn notifications off. Note: apps will only appear in the list once they’ve sent at least one notificationCustomizable Quick Actions:

Now you can customize the Quick actions that appear inside Action Center. Add, remove and rearrange them to get exactly what you need at your fingertips. Do this under Settings > System > Notifications & actions.
We hope you enjoy these great updates to Action Center and tips from our team and encourage you to share feedback with us on what you think about these new improvements we’ve made. You can reach out to Peter Skillman (GM of Windows Core UX) and Jen Gentleman (Windows Core UX community champion), or submit feedback via Feedback Hub under “Start and Action Center”.

This new Action Center will become available to everyone when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update becomes available this summer.

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