How to Disable Action Center in Windows 10

How to Disable Action Center in Windows 10

In Windows 10 the Action Center or the Notification Center is one of the new notable features. Unlike in Windows 8, the notifications actually stay there until you clear them. This is a big improvement over the previous versions of Windows, and having a unified notification center that can be used by all apps alike is helpful.

But if you are someone who is looking for a way to disable the Action Center in Windows 10, then here is how you can do it easily in two different ways.

Disable Action Center Using Windows Registry

Disabling the Action Center in Windows 10 using the Windows Registry is easy and applicable to both Pro and Home users. To start, press “Win + R,” type regedit and press the Enter button.


The above action will open the Windows Registry. Navigate to the following key:

Once you are there, we need to create a new key. To do that, right-click on the “Windows” key, and select the “New” and then “Key” options.


Now, rename the key as “Explorer.” Once renamed, this is how it looks like in your Registry editor.


After creating the Explorer key, right-click on the right pane and select the “New” option and then “DWORD 32-bit Value” to create a new DWORD value.


Rename the key to “DisableNotificationCenter.” By default, the value data is set to “0” which simply means that the Action Center is enabled.


To change the Value Data, double-click on the newly created value and enter the Value Data as “1.” Click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.


You’ve successfully disabled the Action Center in Windows 10. Just restart your system to see the changes.


As you can see, the Notification icon has completely disappeared from the taskbar, and you can no longer access it or the shortcuts to different options provided by the Action Center.


If you want to you can easily revert back either by changing the Value Data back to “0” or by simply deleting the newly created value.

Disable Action Center Using Group Policy Editor

You can also disable the Action Center using the Windows Group Policy Editor, but this approach is only applicable to Pro users. To start, press “Win + R,” type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button.


The above action will open the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the following group:


Once you are there, scroll down in the right pane and find the “Remove Notifications and Action Center” Policy.


Double-click on it to open the Policy settings window. Select the “Enabled” radio button, and click on the “Ok” button to disable the Action Center.


It is that simple to disable Action Center in Windows 10. Just restart your system to make the changes take effect.


If you ever want to revert back, simply change the option either to “Not Configured” or “Disabled.”

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to disable Action Center in Windows 10.

Vamsi Krishna Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.


  1. Running ‘gpupdate’ from the CMD command line should should enable the Group Policy change also, without a restart.

    Rather than disabling the entire Action Center, I would like to turn off the Security notifications. My systems are running F-Prot and MalwareBytes in tandem but Action Center seems to think they are both disabled. Am I missing something obvious or is there a less obvious access to notification granularity?


  2. This does not appear to stop the action center appearing when you swipe from the right of the screen?

  3. I want to view pictures with a right swipe.
    I do not want to have an action center appearing.

  4. Hey i followed the manual excactly. i’ve applied the changes and after a restart i still see the action center on the right side.
    I use win10 Pro with a touchscreen. One admin and one limited user account. i want to use this system for a kiosk terminal.
    Can you help me? Or do you know any other tools to configure win10 to a good kiosk system?

  5. Thanks, many Thanks !!!
    And for the detailed text n pics guide
    Just seamlessly worked
    Now no more Distractions from Action Centre !!!

  6. Here’s the post-Anniversary Update trick! Go to: Settings > Personalisation > Taskbar > Notification Area > “Turn system icons on or off”. Yes, Personalisation! None of the other methods that others have mentioned work after installing the Win10 Anniversary Update. This Settings location is completely counter-intuitive, since the obvious place to put it would be under System > “Notifications and Actions,” which is where most users have been looking. It took me simply ages to find this magical setting. I hope this helps other post-Anniversary Update victims!

  7. I don’t mind the action center, it doesn’t bother me too often. My problem now is since I got the Win 10 Anniversary Update, the notification that usually displayed in the lower right corner of my monitor is now in the middle of my screen. Super annoying. I’m not sure why. 10 AU bug? Nvidia bug? I’ve only updated my Nvidia drivers to the 372 update.

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