How to use Focus Assist in Windows 11

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Microsoft’s Focus Assist was first introduced in the 2018 update of Windows 10, where it replaced a feature known as Silent Hours, and while Windows 11 is no more radical. Does not offer a date, it has made this feature easier to use. FocusAstip prevents notifications from coming to your screen and can be activated automatically when you put your display in presentation mode, play a game or use an app in full screen mode.

Let me show you how to edit automatic sessions in an instant. First, here’s how to start a Focus Assistant session manually.

Start a session.

In Windows 11, Focus Assist is part of the Clock app. To start a session manually, type “clock” into the search icon in your taskbar. You will be directed to a page that helps you adjust the length of time you want the session to run. You can also set a daily goal if you wish. And there are tiles that let you link your Spotify account (if you have to) to your Focus sessions or use Microsoft Today to pick a task for that session. Don’t need any of them? Keep reading

Now part of the Clock app, FocusAst helps you set goals to keep you on track.

If you click on the settings icon at the bottom left of the Clock app, you can adjust the length of your focus time (including intervals) and run when your focus period (or your interval) is over. You can select the sound for And you can get rid of Spotify and / or to tiles.

The Clock Settings page lets you choose a theme for the app and change your notification settings, including which notifications should not be filtered during the Focus Assist session.

The Clock Settings page lets you edit your notification settings.

The Clock Settings page lets you edit your notification settings.

To make this feature a little more personal and to edit the automatic settings, you need to go to “Focus Assist Settings”.

Pay attention to help settings.

You can access the Focus Assist setting in a number of ways: by clicking on “Settings”> “System”> “Focus Assist” using the taskbar search icon to search for “Focus Assist” or by clicking System on the right. Click on the clock at the edge of the taskbar and then on “Focus Assist Settings”.

Within system settings, you can decide when you want to activate Focus Assistant, and for which notifications.

Within system settings, you can decide when you want to activate Focus Assistant, and for whom notifications.

Once you get there, there are two main parts.

The first section lets you turn Focus Assists on and off and sets some parameters when it is enabled:

  • “Priority only” limits active notifications to those listed in the priority list. You can configure this list by selecting the “Customize priority list” link under the “Preferences only” subhead. You can always notify you of incoming calls, always notify you of reminders, or allow notifications from specific apps. Windows 11 has the ability to prioritize notifications from contacts that are either pinned to your taskbar or that you specify via the “Add Contacts” button.

You can prioritize calls, reminders, apps, and specific contacts.

You can prioritize calls, reminders, apps, and specific contacts.

  • “Alarm only” lets you hide all of your information, except for an alarm you set.
  • Worried you might miss something? If you check “Show summary of what I missed during Focus Assistant”, you will be automatically notified of all your filtered notifications when Focus Assistant is not enabled.

The second part, headed by “Automatic Rules”, lets you adjust many of the default rules. You can turn everyone on and off this page, but click the feature name if you want to change their settings.

  • “During these times” allows you to specify specific times and days when the Focus Assistant will come in. You will be able to choose the start and end times of each session. Whether it applies every day, only on weekdays or only on weekends; And whether it only allows priority or alarm only.

You can prioritize calls, reminders, apps, and specific contacts.

Decide when you want FocusAssist to start automatically.

Other features work similarly under “Automatic Rules”. On the Focus Assist page, click the toggle to turn them on or off, and click their name to adjust.

  • “When I’m duplicating my display” Toggle it when you find two displays so you can edit it with either Preference or Allow Alarm only.
  • “When I’m playing a game” is very clear again, toggle it to change to priority only or alarm only.
  • Finally, “When I’m using an app in full screen mode only” can also be changed as a priority or as an alarm only.

One last thing: when Focus Assists is enabled, you’ll see a small moon icon just to the right of your taskbar. Click on it, and you should be able to see any missing notifications.

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