How To Enable Do Not Disturb in Windows 11

You can enable the Do Not Disturb mode to stop notifications and distractions in Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.

As with any operating system, notifications are standard in Windows 11. Since the advent of iOS and Android, Microsoft, too, has been trying to streamline how and when notifications appear.

In general, notifications are valuable and helpful. For instance, you will get to know instantly when you receive a new email, WhatsApp message, Facebook message, etc.

Though helpful, these notifications can be a distraction. This is doubly true when you want to get the work done or don’t like disturbances. To deal with these situations, you can enable the Do Not Disturb mode in Windows 11. Once turned on, Do Not Disturb mode stops notifications allowing you to focus on the task.

Follow the steps below to turn on Do Not Disturb in Windows 11 operating system without delay.

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Enable Do Not Disturb mode in Windows 11

You can enable Do Not Disturb mode directly from the Windows 11 Settings app. Here is how to do it in simple and easy steps.

  1. Use “Win + I” to open Settings.
  2. Click on “System.”
  3. Go to “Notifications.”
  4. Turn ON the “Do Not Disturb” option.
  5. Close the Settings app.
  6. With that, the Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.

Steps with more details:

As always, use the “Start key + I” keyboard shortcut to launch the Windows 11 Settings app. After launching it, click “System” on the sidebar and go to the “Notifications” page. As the name implies, this page lets you control and manage how and when notifications appear in Windows 11.

Go to notification settings page

Once on this page, turn on the “Do not Disturb” option. As soon as you do that, the Do Not Disturb mode is enabled in Windows 11. You can close the Settings app.

enable do not disturb mode

From now on, notifications won’t bother you. However, they are still available in the notification. Click on the Notification Center or press the “Start key + N” keyboard shortcut.

Schedule Do Not Disturb mode in Windows 11

The Do Not Disturb mode is useful; however, having it enabled at all times may not be that useful. In those situations, you can schedule Do Not Disturb mode in Windows 11. That way, the Do Not Disturb mode is automatically enabled at a specific time, like during working hours. Put simply; you get the best of both worlds. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Use “Start + I” to open Settings.
  2. Click “System” on the sidebar.
  3. Go to the “Notifications” page.
  4. Expand the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” section.
  5. Select the “During these times” checkbox.
  6. Set the “Turn on” time.
  7. Set the “Turn off” time.
  8. Select “Daily” from the “Repeat” dropdown.
  9. Close the Settings app.
  10. With that, the Do Not Disturb is scheduled.

Steps with more details:

Search for “Settings” in the Start menu and open it. After opening it, go to the “System > Notifications” page.

Go to notification settings page

Once you are here, expand the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” section. Next, select the “During these times” checkbox.

After that, set the Turn on, Turn off, and Repeat settings. I chose to schedule and repeat Do Not Disturb every day. So, I selected “Daily.”

schedule do not disturb mode

With that, the Do Not Disturb mode is scheduled. The Do Not Disturb mode is automatically activated according to the schedule.

Disable Do Not Disturb mode

If you no longer need the Do Not Disturb mode, you can disable it just as quickly. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Use “Win + I” to open Settings.
  2. Click on “System.”
  3. Go to “Notifications.”
  4. Turn OFF the “Do Not Disturb” option.
  5. Expand the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” section.
  6. Uncheck the “During these times” checkbox.
  7. Close the Settings app.
  8. With that, the Do Not Disturb mode is disabled.

Steps with more details:

Press the “Start key + I” keyboard shortcut to launch the Settings app. Click “System” on the sidebar and then press on the “Notifications” tab.

Go to notification settings page

Turn off the “Do Not Disturb” option. Next, expand the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” section and uncheck the “During these times” checkbox.

disable do not disturb mode

With that, the Do Not Disturb mode is disabled.

That is it. It is that simple to enable Do Not Disturb mode in Windows 11.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

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