How to Set Priority Notifications with Do Not Disturb in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to set priority notifications with Do Not Disturb in Windows 11.

In Windows, notifications are alerts from apps, settings and other senders that appear in the notification center.

Focus is a new feature in Windows 11 that helps you minimize distractions. To help you stay on track, it integrates with the Clock app with features like a focus timer and music integration.

Focus and Do Not Disturb are similar features in Windows. They both help minimize distractions by silencing notifications during focus sessions and time you don’t want to be disturbed.

However, even in focus sessions and business meetings, you may still want to receive notifications from important apps and notifications considered priority.

Below is how to turn on priority notifications during focus hours.

How to set priority notifications with do not disturb in Windows 11

As described above, users can set priority notifications during focus sessions.

Below is how to do that.

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 System Settings pane.

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

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. On Windows Settings app, click the System on the left, then select the Notifications tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

On the System -> Notifications settings pane, click on the Set priority notifications tile to expand.

Under Calls and reminders, you can check or uncheck to receive notifications for: 

  • Show incoming calls, including VoIP
  • Show reminders, regardless of app used

Under Apps, you can check or uncheck for the following apps:

  • Clock
  • Microsoft.XboxApp_ Microsoft.XboxApp
  • Nearby sharing
  • Snipping Tool
  • Xbox Game Bar

Click on Add apps to add more applications to the list of apps you want to receive notifications from during focus hours.

That should do it! You can now close Windows Settings app.


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