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How to manage action center in windows 7

How to manage action center in windows 7

One of the new features in Windows 10 is a notification center that Microsoft calls Action Center. It replaces the annoying Charms bar that was part of Windows 8.1. It provides notifications about email, apps like Twitter, and includes quick action tiles for getting to system settings.

You can launch Windows 10 Action Center by swiping in from the right edge of the screen on a touch device or tap the Action Center icon. On a traditional PC without touch-capability, click on the Action Center icon on the taskbar next to the clock.

How to manage action center in windows 7

Windows 10 Action Center

The default quick action tiles appear at the bottom and give you on-tap (or click) access to system settings that you might frequently need. Here’s a quick look at what each one does:

  • All settings launches the Settings app where you can make system adjustments.
  • Airplane mode lets you easily toggle it on or off. Turning it on disables Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wired, and Cellular connections.
  • Tablet mode toggles the feature on or off and gives you a full Start screen. It works on touch and non-touch PCs but is disabled if you have a multi-monitor setup.
  • Battery Saver lets you turn it on or off. Obviously, you want to use it if you’re on a laptop or tablet running on battery power.
  • Location toggles the location service on or off.
  • Connect launches the Connect panel to help connect to wireless displays, powered by Miracast, that are nearby
  • Note launches the OneNote app so you can create a new one.
  • VPN launches the VPN settings in Windows 10.
  • Rotation lock stops or allows your screen to flip around its orientation.
  • Quiet hours when toggled on will disable notification and system sounds.
  • Screen brightness lets you adjust the screen’s brightness by 25% each time you tap or click it.

Note that some of these tiles might be grayed out or not present on some systems. For instance, Battery Saver is disabled while your laptop is plugged in, but when unplugged you can use it. Or, on my tower desktop in my home office, Tablet mode isn’t an option (because I have dual-monitors) and Battery Saver is also not there since it doesn’t use a battery.

How to manage action center in windows 7

A laptop or mobile device will have more Quick Action tiles than a traditional desktop PC

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You can expand or collapse the quick action tiles to display only four, which saves space. This is especially handy if you have a low-resolution screen or a mini-tablet type device.

This is where you’ll want to choose which quick action tiles display when the list is collapsed.

To do that, go to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions and you’ll see Quick actions at the top.

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Select the one you want to change and then what you want to replace it with from the pop-up menu. You might want to change them around based on what works best in your situation.

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Most of the quick action tiles in the Action Center seem to be aimed more at touch devices, sans All settings, but the notifications are nice on a traditional PC or touch device.

And speaking of notifications, you can control which apps you see notifications from in Action Center by scrolling down in Notification & actions and flipping them on or off.

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What’s your take on Action Center in Windows 10? Leave a comment below and let us know. For more discussion about the new OS and your questions, make sure to join our free Windows 10 Forums.

Action center notifications were not high in regard when Microsoft first introduced it. In windows 8 they were much helpful. In windows 10, app notifications in action center gives you a quick access to use common settings and apps. But earlier in windows there was no specific location to view notification in the operating system. Microsoft’s promising streamline ecosystem makes good impact for the Windows 10 users. The new notification center provides all in one features in a single location like alert of your apps, updating issues, anti-virus alerts and many more. It also gives quick access to utilize your settings and operate easily.

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Disable or Enable Windows 10 Notifications in Action Center:

Getting notifications are much handy to operate as they are the heart and soul of Windows 10. But loads of notifications aren’t welcomed by anyone. If developer has made functionality to provide alerts, you get notification from those apps. I would also like to note you that you can only disable or enable notifications of an app once you get a notification. Unless you get a notification from your installed app, you can’t turn on or off alerts for that app.

To manage, disable or enable notification follow the below steps.

  • From the right hand side of the windows taskbar toggle Action center icon.
  • Select All Settings button with the gear icon.
  • From the top-left corner of the screen click on System and afterward toggle to Notifications & Actions.

A list of settings including notification will appear on the screen. You can toggle on/off beside the windows tips, app notifications or reminders as per you need. Else, scroll down of the window to disable or enable particular app notification like Skype, Facebook, twitter or outlook. From here you can also disable notification alerts while you’re giving business meeting or providing a lecture. To know more about it read our this article Quiet Hours.

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You may see a problem in notifications and actions. Read: Fix Some Settings are Managed by Your Organization.

Reject Individual Notifications:

Well, notifications are handy to keep up hustle and bustle of digital lives. But ones notification you have read previously can clutter action center. It can prevent you from seeing updated alerts. Follow the steps below to dismiss it.

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  • From the windows taskbar located at the right hand side of the screen click on Action Center icon.
  • Keep cursor on the particular app notification you want to dismiss and then click X button at the right side of the notification.
  • Alternatively you can dismiss all the notifications. Click on Clear All in the right upper corner. To clear all the notifications from a particular app, put cursor on that app and click on X directly to right side of the notification.

This will also dismiss your other windows devices notifications as you have dismissed them in your desktop.

Change Notification Types:

Like Android and iOS, desktop notification also varies in sizes, shapes and types. Selecting to view or hear a combination banner notification will give you a great experience in your Windows 10. It is a pop-up consist alert which appear on the lower-right corner of the desktop. So, you can set up multiple apps to show notification in the action center without any indication arrival. To do so, follow the steps given below.

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  • Go to Notifications & actions again.
  • Scroll down to select particular app and manage the notifications to access a more advanced notification settings.

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  • As per your choices toggle on/off beside the Notifications, Show notification banners, Play a sound when notification arrives.

How to Control Switch Quick Actions:

The main core of notification in windows 10 is action center. It makes easy to access some of the most common features that built in windows 10. Two distinct components are divided into the action center. One lodging all the notifications and other is encompassing four buttons that perform as Quick Actions.

These quick actions make easier to toggle on Tablet Mode. You can also access Display Settings including tools for turning on your locations and Wi-Fi. On a very important note, you can swap four of your most needed app at the bottom of the action center on a whim. So, you won’t have to click expand on that particular app to operate.

You can manually choose which quick actions appear directly at the bottom. To do so, follow the steps below.

  • Click on Action Center located at the right-lower side of the windows taskbar.
  • Select All Settings button with the gear icon placed at the bottom.
  • From the top-left corner of the window select System.
  • Henceforth click on Notifications & actions.
  • A pop up window with host of icons including corresponded function will appear.
  • Now, as per your wish select buttons by scrolling that you want to swap out at the desktop.
  • Afterward close the window to apply changes automatically.

Change Action Center Color:

There is not much place for customization in windows action center. But you can change the action center color including start menu and taskbar as well as. Depending on your overall system preferences it dons some makeup in the taskbar if you change the color. Let’s know how to do so.

  • From the right hand side of the desktop taskbar click on Action center.
  • Select All Settings with the gear icon in the bottom.
  • Next toggle to Personalization from the right hand side of the appeared window.
  • From the navigational list from the left select colors from the possible options.
  • But you can toggle on the first option to compel windows to set an accent color based on your desktop background. Otherwise you can select color according to your wish.
  • Henceforth scroll down so that action center adheres to your color and transparency preferences.

I hope this article will ensure a great windows action center notifications experience. Let me know if you have other ways to manage action center in Windows 10 in the comment box below.

The Windows 10 action center is one touchscreen element of the operating system that actually works in non-touch environments. Inspired by features in Windows 8 that tried to appeal to both touch and non-touch users, it is only now that it is actually useful. In this tutorial, I’m going to cover how to open and manage the action center in Windows 10.

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As you would expect from Windows 10, while action center is useful, it has its annoyances and needs a bit of tweaking before it becomes easy to live with. It has a tendency to nag, to notify you of lots of pointless stuff and generally get in the way. With a little tweaking, we can tame it a little so it becomes genuinely beneficial to you as a user.

What is action center?

Essentially, the action center in Windows 10 is a message hub that also has quick access to a few key features. When set up correctly, it displays system messages, emails, social media notifications and other (sometimes) useful notifications. If a program uses Toast notifications, Windows 10 can display them in the action center. Not all programs use it but many do.

It also has some quick action buttons at the bottom that allows you to quickly change a few key system settings. This is more useful for tablet or Windows Phone users but can be useful on desktop too.

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Open action center in Windows 10

You have several options when opening the action center in Windows 10. You can use a keyboard shortcut, swipe or mouse click to get into the action. You can:

  • Press the Windows key + A.
  • Swipe left from the right side of a touchscreen.
  • Click the little speech bubble icon in the bottom right of the Task Bar.

You should see a window slide across from the right edge of the screen displaying any notifications and showing those quick action buttons at the bottom.

Manage action center in Windows 10

This being Windows, the action center is a bit of a pain out of the box and needs to be configured to be genuinely useful. Without tweaking, it’s more of a nag than a help. I think of it like a little Jack Russel that keeps barking for attention so much that you just tell it to go into the other room and ignore it.

Fortunately, we have quite a lot of control over what displays in the action center and even over what programs can notify you. It is one of the first things any new Windows 10 user, or anyone working with a new installation needs to do.

  1. Click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
  2. Select System and then Notification & actions.
  3. Select the ‘Add or remove quick actions’ text link to choose what displays at the bottom of the action center.
  4. Scroll down to ‘Get notifications from these senders’ and select which notifications you actually want to use and what you don’t.
  5. Slide the toggle on the right of each one to enable or disable.

You can refine these notifications as you use your device. You may find some apps you use often send too many notifications and wish to turn it off. All of the toggles are dynamic so you can experiment as you see fit.

You can also rearrange the notifications icons within action center by dragging them.

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Managing notifications

When you begin getting notifications, you can either act on them right away or keep them until you have time. When a notification arrives, you will get a system alert in the bottom right of the desktop and the empty speech bubble will become white with a small number inside. This number tells you how many notifications you have.

To manage notifications:

  1. Open action center using your preferred method.
  2. Click on each notification to read it or click on the small ‘x’ to dismiss it.
  3. Select Clear all at the very top of action center to clear all messages.

Disable the action center in Windows 10

If you find the action center annoying, you can disable it completely so Windows doesn’t use it and the little speech bubble icon disappears from the desktop. It does require a registry edit to make it work though.

  1. Type or paste ‘regedit’ into the Cortana/Search Windows box.
  2. Navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer’.
  3. Create a New, DWORD 32-bit value and call it ‘DisableNotificationCenter’.
  4. Set the value to 1 and click OK.

Once you reboot your device, the action center should no longer bother you. If you find you miss it, just change that final value to 0 and reboot. The action center will reappear and all will be forgiven.

Windows 10 puts notifications and quick actions in the action center at the bottom right of the taskbar. From this location you can quickly access systems’ notifications like printer issues, Wi-Fi connection errors, app settings and more.

This can also serve as a shortcut to many of the app settings on your Window 10 computer. The action center can be accessed on the taskbar to the right. On touch screen computers, simply swap to the left from the right to show the action center.

Not only can you access notifications and jump to the settings’ page, you can also quickly turn on or off features from there. If you want to disable bluetooth, simply click the bluetooth block to turn on or off.

This brief tutorial show students and new users how to access the action center and how to shortcut to other settings like network, bluetooth and more.

Windows 10 action center can quickly take you to settings and apps you’re likely to use often, from wireless to screen brightness settings. To access the action center, look at the image below to find on the taskbar on the right.

Select one to turn the setting on or off, or open the app. To jump to a setting’s page in the Settings app, press and hold (or right-click) one of the settings, then select Go to Settings.

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The action center shows Airplane mode, bluethooth, brightness, Night light, network, VPN, Project, Quiet hours and more. From the action center, you can quickly go to each of these feature setting page by simply right-clicking the feature and selecting Go to Settings

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To go to the bluetooth setting page, right-click the bluetooth from the action center and select Go to Settings as shown below.

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This is how to access Windows 10 action center to view notifications and quickly turn settings on or off. It also allows you to quickly to jump to the setting’s page in the Settings app..

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Your is missing a driver.”

It took me automatically to “dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/AMDCoolnQuiet_Utility_V21801_XPVistaWin7.zip”

Again this is for a AMD chipset not the Intel that I have. I’m curious whether the message is wrong or whether I’m actually missing my power management drivers. Then the question is which are the right drivers to download?

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It’s a pieced together computer. It has an Asus P7H55-M PRO motherboard, an Intel i3 550, and an Asus Geforce 8800 gt. Definitely not an AMD if that’s what you were wondering.

Not sure what msinfo32.exe is but even searching msinfo64 (I’m on 64 bit) shows nothing. Either way I accessed system info and it’s showing the intel chipset.

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I’m having the exact same issue.

I have an ASUS HD 7970 graphics cards, is that maybe why action center wants me to install Cool n Quiet? Or is it just for AMD CPU’s?

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Same problem overhere!

Asus motherboard P5QPL-AM

Intel Core 2 Quad Q82oo

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Action center popped up saying I should
“Download and install the driver for your

Your is missing a driver.”

It took me automatically to “dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/AMDCoolnQuiet_Utility_V21801_XPVistaWin7.zip”

Again this is for a AMD chipset not the Intel that I have. I’m curious whether the message is wrong or whether I’m actually missing my power management drivers. Then the question is which are the right drivers to download?

The answer is that – even the ASUS motherboards that has an Intel main chipset (X58, etc etc), also contains a chip called ATK0110. This chip uses a driver file called ASACPI.sys.

That ASACPI.sys file is what is installed when installing AMD Cool’n’Quiet.

You may see the ATK0110 in Device Manager, under System Devices;

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  • Windows 10 and 8.1: Press Start >Bluetooth, and toggle it on.
  • Windows 7: Press Start > search for Bluetooth >Change Bluetooth Settings > check Allow. Find This Computer >Ok.

This article explains how to enable Bluetooth on a Windows PC running Windows 10, 8.1, or 7.

How to Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1

Some computers offer a button or keyboard key that allows you to turn on Bluetooth with a single tap. However, if you cannot find one of these, enable Bluetooth in your computer’s settings.

Select the Start button.

Type “Bluetooth” into the search box and select Bluetooth settings from the list.

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Toggle the Bluetooth switch to On.

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How to Turn On Bluetooth in Windows 7

The settings to turn on Bluetooth in Windows 7 are slightly different than in newer Windows versions.

As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supports Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

Select the Start button.

Type Bluetooth in the Start Search box.

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Select Change Bluetooth Settings in the search results. The Bluetooth Settings dialog box opens.

Select the Allow Bluetooth Devices to Find This Computer checkbox under Discovery.

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Optionally, on the same screen, select the Allow Bluetooth Devices to Connect with This Computer checkbox and the Alert Me When a New Bluetooth Device Wants to Connect checkbox under Connections. These two options streamline the connection process without additional manual steps to connect a specific device.

Select Apply and then select OK.

The Bluetooth icon appears on your taskbar or in the Hidden Icons folder to the left of the date and time on your taskbar.

After you activate Bluetooth and made your computer discoverable, connect Bluetooth headphones to your computer or pair any Bluetooth-enabled device—such as a keyboard, mouse, or speakers—to your computer.

The computer is now paired with the other device. They should automatically connect any time the two devices are within pairing range, provided Bluetooth is enabled on both.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Issues

If you are unable to enable Bluetooth on your Windows 7 computer, or if you are not able to pair another device with your computer through Bluetooth, troubleshooting can help you find the solution.

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Is there a way to view historic notifications on the Surface RT?

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There is currently no way of seeing a list of previous “toast” notifications in the system. However, these notifications aren’t really intended for anything other than information that you might find useful at the time you’re looking at the screen. In essense, it doesn’t really matter if you’ve missed them.

For more information, refer to the developer guidelines for these notifications here:-

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I agree, Alan. I have a Nexus tablet, so I’m used to looking at the notification list. Generally speaking, the behaviour of Windows RT negates any use I have in the notification history since live tiles gives me a better overview of what’s happening:-

* Live tiles shows me how many unread emails I have

* Live tile on the Store shows me how many app updates I have waiting for me to review

* Bing and News live tiles gives me a little snapshot of current headlines

To be honest, I can’t think of any valid reason to view a notification that might have happened overnight.

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The Action Center was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and, since then, it has been constantly updated. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 it offers many of the old and familiar options but also some exciting new ones, aiming to further increase the security and stability of your system. In this tutorial I will show how to open the Action Center in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, plus how to use it to keep an eye on the security of your system.

How to Access the Action Center

As always with Windows and its tools, there is more than one way to open the Action Center.

If you find yourself on the Start screen, type the word “action”, then click or tap Settings on the right, to filter the search results. Click or tap Action Center.

In Windows 8.1 there is no need to filter the search results. On the Start screen, type the word “action”, then click or tap the appropriate result.

When you are on the Desktop, you can open the Action Center by using its Notification Area icon. Click on the icon that looks like a flag.

A floating menu is displayed. Inside you can see messages (if any) about the state of your computer and a link named Open Action Center. Click on it and the Action Center opens.

Last but not least, you can use the Control Panel. Open it and then click System and Security, then Action Center.

What’s Inside the Action Center?

The Action Center panel displays two major sections: Security and Maintenance. They are found in the middle of the window.

On the left you have a sidebar with several important links that allow you to configure the Action Center and other tools in Windows. Below the main sections there are buttons for Troubleshooting and Recovery. They give you access to several tools that can be used when your system is misbehaving.

Since there are many things packed in the Action Center, in this article I would like to cover only the Security section and leave the rest for future articles.

Security Checks made by the Action Center

First of all, the Action Center checks to see if you have a firewall installed and providing active protection. By default, if no third-party security solution is installed, the Windows Firewall should be turned on. To learn more about it, check this tutorial: Windows Firewall – How it Works and How to Enable or Disable It.

Next, is Windows Update. The Action Center checks whether it is disabled or not.

Another important area in security is antivirus, antispyware and unwanted software protection. This is provided, by default, by Windows Defender. If you installed a third-party security solution, it should show up in the Action Center as active and working.

Another area checked by the Action Center is your Internet security settings. This means the way Internet Explorer is set up and if its configuration is secure or not. Unfortunately other browsers are not verified.

User Account Control (UAC) is another important security feature that should be never be turned off and the Action Center makes sure it isn’t. If it is disabled, you will see a big warning.

Then, the new Windows SmartScreen is checked. You can also configure the way it works, using the Change settings link.

Network Access Protection is a feature specific to corporate networks that are using Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It helps protect the overall security of the network. For consumer editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, this should be turned off.

Then, the status of your Windows Activation is checked regularly. Using the View activation details link you can access specific details, including your edition of Windows, the date when it was activated (if it was activated) and also add features to Windows 8. Unfortunately this link is not available in Windows 8.1, even though the status of your Windows Activation is still being checked.

The Microsoft account is checked on a regular basis. Its well-being is very important to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If the status is Not complete or anything except OK, you should take action.

Action Center Alerts and Color Coding

The first things you find in the Action Center are messages and alerts that require your attention. Important problems you should take care of are marked in red. The ones that you should look into but are not time sensitive are colored in yellow.

If there are any alerts, the Action Center also displays messages in the notification area of the taskbar. Keep the cursor on top of the Action Center icon and more information is displayed about the issues that were found.

Also, the Action Center flag changes depending on what is going on with your system: the red overlay (the one with an ‘x‘) means there is at least one important message, so you need to pay attention. The black clock overlay means there is a scheduled task running in the background (such a scheduled Windows Defender scan).

Conclusion

This is not all of what Action Center can do. We are covering the other features of this useful tool in the articles recommended below. Don’t hesitate to read them.

If you are an experienced PC power user you might be annoyed with the balloon notifications popping up and telling you what you know already. Perhaps you don’t want to see anything in the notification area at all. Today we take a look at how to disable the notifications using Local Group Policy Editor.

You can go into Action Center and control individual notifications, but that can take a while depending on what you have running. Here we will look at turning off the balloons and / or the entire area…including the clock. As with Vista, you can only access Local Group Policy Editor in Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions of Windows 7.

Local Group Policy Editor

To access Local Group Policy Editor click on Start and enter gpedit.msc into the search box and hit Enter.

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Disable Balloon notifications

The balloon notifications can get extremely annoying. Sometimes it can seem like they will never stop, depending on what apps are running.

On the left side navigate to User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar.

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On the left side under Settings scroll down to “Turn off all balloon notifications” and double click.

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Click Enabled the Apply and Ok.

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Disable Notification Area

If you don’t need to see anything in the Notification area on the taskbar, we can disable everything entirely. On the left side navigate to User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar.

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Now on the right side under Setting scroll down and double click on “Hide the notification area”.

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Under Hide Notification Area click on Enable, then Apply and OK.

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Perhaps you want to get rid of the clock a well, go to “Remove Clock from the system notification area” and enable that setting.

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You will need to log off and back on for the policies to go into effect. And now you will have absolutely nothing to distract you in the notifications area. If you want to use a registry hack to disable balloon notifications in all versions of Vista and Windows 7… The Geek has a guide for that too.

Here are a couple of other articles related to tweaking the Notification Area.