How to Use and Enable Focus Assist Mode on Windows 11

Notifications on your Windows system are great way to keep you informed of any latest updates, security issues, or what’s new in the system. However the constant alerts may disrupt your work. This is why Windows 11 offers the Focus Assist feature that prevents the distraction that may be created with the notification sounds. All you need to do is to enable the Focus Assist feature on your Windows 11 PC and it gathers all the notifications at one place and stop it from showing up on the main screen causing disturbance during your work. This post will guide you on how to use and enable Focus Assist on Windows 11.


Method 1: Use and Turn On Focus Assist Through Settings


Step 1: Press the Win + I keys together on your keyboard to open the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on System on the left.


Settings System


Step 3: Now, go to the right side and click on Focus assist.


Settings System Focus Assist


Step 4: In the Focus Assist screen, on the right side, you should notice that it’s turned off by-default.

You can select the Priority only option and click on the Customise priority list link in blue.


System Focus Assist Priority Only Customise Priority List Min


Step 5: Next, you can customize the priority list based on how you want it.

For instance, you can choose select the the option – Show incoming calls, VoIP and/or Show reminders, regardless of the app used.


System Focus Assist Calls, Texts And Reminders Customise Min


Step 6: Additionally, you can also choose to enable the Show notifications from pinned contacts on taskbar and also choose to show notifications from selected apps even when the Focus Assist is enabled.


Focus Assist Customise Priority List People Apps


Step 7: Now, return to the Focus Assist page.

Alternatively, you can also select the Alarms only option that will hide all notifications but the alarms.


System Focus Assist Alarms Only


Step 8: You can check the box next to Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on and it will display all the details of the alerts or notifications you missed with the Focus Assist turned on.


Focus Assist Show A Summary Of What I Missed When Focus Assist Was On Check


Step 9: You can also set the Automatic rules, for example, turn on the During these times option to ensure when you want the Priority only mode to be active, when I’m playing a game, and so on.


Focus Assist Automatic Rules Cutomize The Options Min


So, that is how you use and enable the Focus Assist mode in Windows 11.

Method 2: Enable Focus Assist Through Action Center


Step 1: Navigate to the extreme right side of the Taskbar and click below the Wi-Fi, sound and the battery icons.

Step 2: This will open the Action Center.

Here, look for the half moon icon (Focus Assist).

Click on this icon once and it will directly enable the Focus Assist – Priority only mode.


Taskbar Right Side Click Below Wifi, Sound And Battery Icon Action Center


Step 3: Click on Focus Assist again and it will change to Alarms only mode.


Taskbar Action Center Focus Assist Icon Click Alarms Only


Step 4: Click on it once again and it will disable the Focus Assist mode again.


Taskbar Action Center Focus Assist Icon Click Off


Step 5: You can also, right-click on the icon and select Go to Settings and it will take you straight to the Focus Assist page in the Settings app as shown in Method 1.


Taskbar Action Center Focus Assist Icon Right Click Go To Settings