How to Enable / Disable Windows Spotlight notifications in Action Center

When you start your PC, you can see different beautiful background images on the lock screen. It sometimes also offers suggestions and shows notifications in the Action Center or in the Start menu. This is known as the Windows Spotlight feature and is available on all versions of Windows 10. While Windows 10 comes with the option to disable the Start menu suggestions, it does not offer help to disable Action Center notifications.

However, we can help you enable or disable the Windows Spotlight on Action Center. Let’s see how.


How to Enable the Windows Spotlight Feature in Windows 10


Step 1: Right-click on Start menu and select Settings.


Start Right Click Settings


Step 2: In the Settings window, click on Personalization.


Settings Personalization


Step 3: Next, select the Lock screen on the left side of the pane.


Personalization Lock Screen


Step 4: Now, go to the right side of the window and go to the Background section.

Select Windows Spotlight from the drop-down below it.


Lock Screen Background Windows Spotlight


The Windows Spotlight feature of your Windows 10 system is enabled now. But, if you want to disable the feature, you can follow the below process.


How to Disable the Windows Spotlight Feature in Windows 10


Sometimes it’s important to clear the notifications to increase the space. Let’s see how to disable the Windows Spotlight feature.


Solution 1: Using the Personalization Settings


Step 1: Open the Settings window as shown in the above method > Personalization > Lock screen > Background > set the field to Picture.


Lock Screen Background Picture


The Windows Spotlight feature is now disabled.

If this doesn’t work, you can try tweaking the registry.


Solution 2: By Editing the Registry Editor


Before making any changes to the registry editor, make sure that you create a backup of the registry data. This will help you recover any data in case you lose any data in the process.


Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command.

Step 2: In the Run command search box, write regedit.

Hit OK to open the Registry Editor window.


Win + R Run Command Regedit Ok


Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the below path:




Now, go to the right side of the window and right-click on an empty space. Select New and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Registry Editor Navigate To Path Right Side New Dword (32 Bit) Value


Step 4: Rename the new DWORD Value as DisableWindowsSpotlightOnActionCenter.


New Dword Value Rename Disablewindowsspotlightonactioncenter


Step 5: Double-click on the new DWORD value and it will open the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialogue box.

Go to the Value data field and set it to 1.


Edit Dword (32 Bit) Value Value Data 1 Ok


That’s all. Now, the Windows Spotlight feature is completely turned off.