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How to Use Focus Assist in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Use Focus Assist in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Use Focus Assist in Windows 11 (2022)

How to Use Focus Assist in Windows 11 (2022)


Do you want to use focus assist on Windows 11? then this article is for you

This article explains how to use Windows 11’s Concentration assist feature to limit or stop programs from stealing your focus. We’ll examine how to manually or automatically turn it on as well as how to adjust the options to suit your preferences.



The fastest way to get into focus mode is to select the battery, network, or volume icon to the left of the clock on the taskbar—or use WIN+A—and then choose Focus to assist. Select it once for Priority only, or twice for Alarms only.

Focus assist will start automatically if you duplicate your display, when you’re playing a game, or when you’re using an app in full-screen mode. You can prevent those actions from turning it on by editing the Focus assist settings, which are explained below.

You’ll know if Focus assist is already on if you see a moon icon at the far right of the taskbar, to the right of the time.

Now that you know the short method of enabling Focus Assist with all the default settings enacted, here’s how you can customize this feature. Below is everything else you need to know about Windows 11’s focus mode.


The Focus Assist button in the image above simply toggles it on or off. You’ll need to open Settings to customize which notifications you want to see and hear, and to configure automatic rules.

  1. Open Settings (search for it from the taskbar), and go to System > Focus assist.

  2. The first section lets you turn the two different modes on or off—Priority only lets you choose apps you still want to see notifications from, and Alarms only provides alarm alerts but hides all other notifications.

    Note: Select one to immediately start Focus assist in that mode. The same can be accomplished directly from the taskbar as described above.

  3. Select Customize priority list under Priority only if you want to pick which notifications are allowed to bypass Focus assist.

    Note: You can permit calls and reminders to come through, notifications from pinned contacts, and notifications from any app in the list on that page.

    Select Add an app to include any other app you want to see notifications for. Or, to remove one, choose it and press Remove.

    • During these times: Choose a start and end time for when Focus assist should automatically start/end. It can repeat daily or just on the weekend or weekdays.
    • When I’m duplicating my display: Turn this on to stop notifications when you’re duplicating the display to another monitor.
    • When I’m playing a game: Full-screen games can trigger Focus assist if you turn this on.
    • When I’m using an app in full-screen mode only: Similar to the game mode, this option suppresses notifications if you’re using an app in full-screen mode.
    • For the first hour after a Windows feature update: This one is just as self-explanatory.

      Scroll down to the Automatic rules area to customize those options:


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