Manage and Customize the New Action Center in Windows 11

With the advent of Windows 11, Microsoft introduced a revamped Action Center, offering users enhanced control over notifications and quick settings. It is a centralized hub for alerts, system messages, and immediate access to essential settings. Understanding how to effectively use and customize this feature can lead to a more personalized and efficient user experience.

Understanding the Action Center

The Action Center is located on the taskbar, usually found on the right-hand side of the screen. It aggregates notifications from various apps and system messages. Additionally, the Action Center houses Quick Settings, a set of toggles for commonly accessed functions like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Night Light.

Why Customize the Action Center?

Given the diverse tasks individuals perform on their PCs, the Action Center's default settings might not cater to everyone's needs. Customizing ensures relevant notifications are prioritized and unnecessary distractions are minimized. Adjusting Quick Settings can also provide faster access to frequently used toggles.

Steps to Customize Notifications

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
  2. In the settings window, navigate to the Taskbar corner icons.
  3. Select which icons appear on the taskbar. This allows control over which system icons are visible.
  4. Go back and select Notification settings. Here, individual app notifications can be toggled on or off.

Managing Quick Settings

Quick Settings can be personalized to cater to individual preferences, ensuring faster access to vital toggles.

  1. Open the Action Center by clicking its icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click the pencil or edit icon next to the Quick Settings.
  3. Drag to rearrange the settings or click the pin icon to add/remove them.
  4. Once satisfied with the arrangement, click Done or the checkmark icon.


Windows 11's Action Center is a powerful tool for enhancing productivity and personalizing the user interface. A more streamlined and efficient user experience can be achieved by understanding and customizing its features.