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Toast Notifications

When the operating system of your computer or mobile device displays a small notification on your screen, you’re experiencing a “toast” notification. The defining characteristic of a toast notification is that it pops up, like toast in a toaster, and then fades away after a set period of time.

In this fashion, a small pop up notification from the Windows system tray indicating you have new email messages that persists for 5 seconds is a toast notification, where as an error message that appears in the middle of the screen and persists over time until you deal with it is simply a program notifying you of an event.

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