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8 solutions for when notifications are not showing on Windows 10

8 solutions for when notifications are not showing on Windows 10

Typically, when you receive a notification on your Windows 10 computer, you will hear a sound and a banner will appear next to the Action Center. The banner shows a preview of the notification content. Unfortunately, some users don’t see notification banners on their computers. If you are one of them, this post will help you troubleshoot notification issues on your Windows 10 PC.

The problem could occur if notification banners are turned off for a particular app or a problem in Action Center. We’ve covered everything that could affect notification banners.

1. Restart your PC

Begin the troubleshooting process by restarting your computer. Often this solution solves the problem and it is not necessary to use others.

2. Enable notification banner

For notification banners to appear, you need to enable them on your PC. To check it, follow these steps:

Step 1: open Settings on your Windows 10 PC from the Start menu. You can use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings. Go to System.

Step 2: do click Notifications and Actions. First, enable the switch next to Receive notifications from apps and other senders.

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Step 3: scroll down and you will see the list of apps. Click on the important apps one by one.

Step 4: you will find the “Show notification banners” and “Show notifications in action center” settings for each app. Make sure they are turned on.

Suggestion: you can set notifications from an app to high priority. This way, Windows will show notifications at the top of the Action Center.

3. Allow background use of apps

For notifications to work properly on Windows 10, the app in question should be allowed to run in the background. To check this, go to Windows 10 Settings> Privacy> Background apps. Enable the switch next to Allow apps to run in the background. If it’s on, disable it and turn it back on.

After enabling it, scroll down on the same screen and you will have the list of apps. Check if the problematic app can run in the background. Enable the switch next to the app to activate it.

4. Disable Focus Assist

Focus Assist is a Windows 10 feature which turns off notifications on your computer. If enabled, you will not receive notifications. So make sure it’s disabled.

To check this, go to Settings> System> Focus Assist. Check the box next to Disabled. Also, check the settings in Automatic Rules. Make sure Focus Assist is not set to activate automatically.

Suggestion: you can also disable Focus Assist from the Action Center. Click Alarms Only or Priority Only until Focus Assist is displayed.

5. Check the battery saving mode

Another Windows 10 setting that may be responsible for the absence of notification banners is Battery Saver mode. When activated, it restricts background activity and notifications.

To disable it, go to Settings> System> Battery. Turn off the switch next to Battery Saver. Also, check the percentage under “Automatically turn on battery saver”. It should be kept very low. Otherwise, you will lose notifications if kept with a high battery percentage.

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6. Run the System File Checker Scan

You should also run System File Checker Scan on your Windows 10 PC to check for corrupted files. These could be behind the erratic behavior of notifications.

To scan, open Windows Search and type Command Prompt. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator. In the Command Prompt window, type “sfc / scannow” and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

The process may take some time. Then wait for the scan to complete. Then close the command prompt and restart your PC.

7. Re-register the action center

The problem with notification banners not appearing could occur due to a problem in the Action Center itself. Then you need to register it again.

For that, follow these steps:

Step 1: in Windows Search, type PowerShell. Right click on it and run it as administrator.

Step 2: copy and paste the following code into the PowerShell window when it opens and press Enter.

Get-AppxPackage | % {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$ ($ _. InstallLocation) AppxManifest.xml“-verbose}

Step 3: when finished, restart your PC.

8. Update Windows 10

Sometimes, there may be a bug in the Windows 10 software. You need to update all Microsoft apps on your PC and check for Windows 10 updates from Microsoft. For this, go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update. Click Check for an update or Install now.