How to Set Notification Priorities for Apps in Windows 10 Action Center

There are several improvements in the Windows 10 Anniversary update. One of them is the Action Center  with how the notifications appear. In the Action Center all the notifications appear in groups according to the apps, and you can easily dismiss a group of notifications rather than one notification at a time. Moreover, you can even reply to Skype and other messages directly from the notification center. You can also set app notification priorities so that the notifications from your favorite apps are not buried deep down in the Action Center.

The following is how you can set app notification priorities in the Windows 10 Anniversary update.

Setting app notification priorities in Windows 10 is as easy as selecting a radio button. To start, click on the notifications icon appearing on the right-most-side of the taskbar, and then click on the “All Settings” button.
win10 notification priorities select all settings

The above action will open the Windows 10 Settings app. Here, click on the “System” option.

win10 notification priorities select system

In the System settings, select the option “Notifications and Actions” appearing in the left pane.

win10 notification priorities select notification and actions

This window will show you all the settings related to the action center and the app notifications. Here, select the app you want to change the app notification priority for. In my case I’m selecting the WhatsApp application.

win10 notification priorities select app

As soon as you select the app, it will show you all the notification settings of the target app. If you scroll down, you will see three notification priorities. Here is what the priorities actually mean.

Top: As you can tell from the name itself, when you set an app to the top priority, the notifications from that app will be shown on top of all the other app notifications. Since an app set to top priority can show notifications on top of all the others, you can only set one application as the top priority.

High: High priority is just below the Top, and any app set to this priority will be shown just below the Top priority notifications and on top of the Normal priority notifications. You can set as many apps as you want to the High priority.

Normal: The apps set to Normal priority will be shown just below all the High priority notifications.

To set an app priority, simply select the appropriate option under the “Priority of Notifications in Action Center.” In my case I’m changing the notification priority from Normal to High.

win10 notification priorities set high priority

This app notifications will now be shown above the Normal priority notifications.

By default, the Cortana notifications are set to the Top priority. However, you can easily set any app to the top priority. All you have to do is select the “Top” radio button. If you try to set any other app to the Top priority, Windows will show you a confirmation message letting you know that another is set to this priority. Simply click on the button “Confirm” to apply the changes.

win10 notification priorities confirm top priority

As soon as you change the top priority app, the previous app will be automatically demoted to High priority. You can see that change in the below image.

win10 notification priorities cortana demoted priority

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about the app notification priorities feature in Windows 10.

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