How to Disable Windows 10’s Annoying Focus Assist Notifications

Cortana Focus Assist message in Action Center

Windows 10’s Focus Assist feature automatically hides notifications while you’re playing games or using other full-screen applications. But Cortana loves to announce that it’s silencing notifications. Here’s how to turn off those annoying Focus Assist notifications.

Focus Assist is Windows 10’s Do Not Disturb mode. When enabled, it will automatically hide incoming notifications, so they don’t pop up and distract you while you’re playing a game, giving a presentation, or using any full-screen applications. Focus Assist can automatically silence notifications during certain hours of the day, too. You’ll see the notifications when you leave Focus Assist mode. However, Cortana will loudly announce “I’ll field your notifications in Action Center” while you’re playing a game, in full-screen mode, or duplicating your display. Here’s how to silence those messages.

To configure Focus Assist, head to Settings > System > Focus Assist. (You can quickly open the Settings window by pressing Windows+i.)

Focus Assist options in Windows 10's Settings

Under Automatic Rules, click the name of an automatic rule. For example, to disable Focus Assist notifications that appear when you’re playing a game, click “When I’m playing a game.”

Viewing detailed automatic rule options for Focus Assist

Uncheck the “Show a notification in action center when focus assist is turned on automatically” checkbox.

Disabling Cortana's Focus Assist notifications

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How to Take Better Nighttime Photos With Your Smartphone


Smartphone cameras perform so much better than they used to, but they’re still a bit limited when it comes to nighttime photography. Whether you’re snapping photos in a bar or outside under the moonlight, your phone’s camera sensor is probably still too small to perform on par with a full-size camera.

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Waste away the hours on free-to-play ‘Diablo’ in your web browser

dims?crop=1600%2C1063%2C0%2C0&quality=85If you were too young to play the original Diablo when it was new or just don’t want to buy it again to indulge in some nostalgia, you’re in luck. Game developer Rivsoft has made the classic action RPG available to play in a web browser using rebuil…

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No, you can’t watch Netflix while driving your Tesla


While an upcoming update means you’ll be able to stream Netflix and YouTube on Tesla’s massive touchscreen dashboard display, there will be a safety feature to ensure the company isn’t courting disaster.

Forget any notions of flying along the freeway while Black Mirror plays, because you won’t be able to watch streaming services while the car is moving. You’ll only be able to watch while parked. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk casually explained how the feature will work on Twitter, saying the streaming will, for now, only work “when car is stopped.” 

Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.

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Google researchers discovered serious iOS security flaws

dims?crop=4912%2C3275%2C0%2C0&quality=85Six critical security vulnerabilities that were patched in the iOS 12.4 update released earlier this month were originally discovered by security researchers at Google. Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß, two members of Google’s Project Zero b…

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Comcast now gives parents the option of kicking kids off their WiFi network

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Waze makes it easier for Carpool drivers to invite multiple riders

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How to Get the Old Twitter Website Back

Twitter logoTwitter was just updated with a new interface. Now a progressive web app, Twitter’s website is more similar to the mobile versions. But you don’t have to use the new one—you can get the classic Twitter website back in a few clicks.

The Easy Way: Install a Browser Extension

We recommend using the GoodTwitter extension—available for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox—for this. Install the extension, refresh Twitter, and you’re done.

This extension is open-source, so you can see what it does on GitHub. Whenever you access, it sends a user agent saying you’re using Internet Explorer 11. Twitter sends the old, classic web interface to users of this older browser.

Old Twitter website in Google Chrome

Skip the Browser Extension: Change Your User Agent

If you’d rather do this without the GoodTwitter extension, all you have to do is change your browser’s user agent to Internet Explorer 11 while it’s accessing There are many ways to do this. The main thing is you don’t want to change your browser’s user agent all the time, or you’ll get all sorts of ancient web pages intended for Internet Explorer 11 across the web.

For example, in Firefox, you can do this with an about:config preference—no browser extension required.

To do so, type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and press Enter. Click “I Accept the Risk” to bypass the warning. As long as you’re careful about what you modify in about:config and follow the instructions here, you’ll be fine.

about:config in Mozilla Firefox

Right-click on the list of settings and select New > String.

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