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Working with Notifications

If you’re a Windows old-timer, you’re certainly all too familiar with the notification area in the taskbar, which displays balloons whenever Windows or an application has information for you. Those notifications are still available, but that older style of notification appears only for desktop programs. Windows 10 and all apps use a different system in which the notifications appear as larger fly-out messages above the notification area. For example, you might add an appointment to the Calendar app and ask the app to remind you about it, and that reminder appears as a notification. Similarly, if you use the Alarms app to set an alarm, the alarm message and options appear as a notification.

These notifications appear briefly in the lower-right corner of the screen. For example, Figure 4.7 shows the notification that appears when you insert a USB flash drive. In this case, Windows 10 is wondering what you want to do with the drive.

Figure 4.7

Figure 4.7 Notifications appear in the lower-right corner of the screen.

To handle the notification, click it. Windows 10 then takes you to the app that generated the notification. If the notification was generated by Windows 10 itself, it displays more information. In the flash drive example, Windows 10 displays a list of options similar to the one shown in Figure 4.8.

Figure 4.8

Figure 4.8 Click a notification, and Windows 10 either displays more information, as shown here, or switches to the app that generated the notification.

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