How to Change How Long Notifications Stay Open in Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to change how long toast notifications and taskbar notification area messages stay open for before automatically closing in your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
are balloon type notifications that appear as a themed bar in the upper right corner of your main display
to allow an installed app
from the Windows Store to communicate with the user whether the user is in another app, on the Start screen, on the desktop, or on the lock screen.
are small pop-up dialog boxes that are displayed in the notification area
of the taskbar. They provide information about a variety of things, including status, progress, and the detection of new devices. Action Center also displays messages about recommended security and maintenance tasks next to its flag icon in the notification area.
EXAMPLE: Toast Notifications and Notification Area Messages
Change How Long Notifications Stay Open with Ease of Access Center
Open the Control Panel (icons view)
, and click/tap on the Ease of Access Center
Click/tap on either the Use the computer without a display
or Make it easier to focus on tasks
link. (see screenshot below)
3. Scroll down to where it says How long should Windows notification dialog boxes stay open, click/tap on the drop down arrow menu, select how long you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
You can now close the Ease of Access Center if you like.
Whenever you apply changes in the Ease of Access Center
, the visual effects settings
will get reset back to default automatically. You will need to set your visual effects settings again if you like.
Change How Long Notifications Stay Open using PC settings
Open PC settings
, and do step 2 or 3
below for what Windows 8 you have.
In Windows 8
or Windows RT
, click/tap on Ease of Access
in the left pane, and go to step 4
below. (see screenshots below)
In Windows 8.1
or Windows RT 8.1
, click/tap on Ease of Access
in the left pane. (see screenshot below)
A) Click/tap on Other options
on the left side, and go to step 4
below. (see bottom screenshot below)
4. In the right pane, click/tap on the Show notifications for drop down menu, and select how much time you want. (see screenshot below)
When finished, you can close
PC settings if you like.
Change How Long Notifications Stay Open for using Registry Editor
Press the Windows+R
keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit
, and click/tap on OK
If prompted by UAC
, then click/tap on Yes
In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
4. In the right pane of Accessibility, double click/tap on MessageDuration to modify it. (see screenshot above)
5. Select (dot) Decimal, type in how many seconds (1 minute = 60 seconds) you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default time is 5 seconds. Entering anything lower then 5 seconds will still have a 5 second wait.
6. Close Registry Editor, then sign out and sign in to apply.