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How To Disable Toaster Notifications In Windows 8


The toaster notifications in Windows 8 are a nice addition, however they can be annoying at times and you may wish to disable them temporarily, or maybe even permanently, here’s how.

Disabling Toaster Notifications

Disabling the toaster notifications in Windows 8 is done through the charms menu, so press the Win+C keyboard combination and click on Settings.


At the bottom of the sidebar, you will see the Notifications Icon.


Simply click on it to disable all application notifications.


The problem with this is it disables all notifications even those on your lock screen. However, we can change this, click on the More PC setting link. This will open the Metro Control Panel


You will notice how everything is turned off, the first thing we need to do is re-enable notifications.


Now if you want to turn off the Toaster Notifications for a certain application just toggle that applications setting, I tested this with the messenger application.


That’s all there is to it, now you will still have Toaster Notifications for all the other apps and the notifications on your lock screen will still work.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 03/14/12

Comments (6)

  1. JohnD

    “Toaster Notifications”? In true M$ style, if you cannot invent something new, then rename something old.

  2. iravgupta

    I think the terminology you want to use is ‘Toast Notifications’.

  3. Taylor Gibb

    @iravgupta these are called “Toaster Notifications” I have confirmed this with a Microsoft Employee.

  4. robert

    Thanks for giving the information about the How To Disable Toaster Notifications In Windows 8

  5. Kevin

    I love Windows 8. I’m getting a new laptop whenever it ships. Those toast or toaster notifications, whatever they are called, are pretty annoying. It is good that you can turn them off w/o having to do a reg hack.

  6. Bill GHates

    @ robert
    Thanks for giving us that thanks for giving the information about the How To Disable Toaster Notifications In Windows 8

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