Action Center Dissected

By | January 30, 2017
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Action Center Dissected

One of the least used and understood features of Windows 10 is the Action Center. It’s true that the Action Center is a notification area where you’ll see App notifications, notifications that your hard drives need attention, or a Windows Update is pending – and other app notifications, etc. But at the bottom of the Notification area, there’s an action center. You can access the Action Center by pressing Windows Key + A or by clicking the shout-out icon just to the left of the system clock.

You may see something like this:

Cloudeight InfoAve

But wait, there’s more. Click on Expand to see all the goodies in the Action Center:

Cloudeight InfoAve

There are some interesting, even useful buttons here. Like connecting to Wi-Fi (you can see above I’m connected to a network called “Omaha”).You’ll also see things like “Rotation lock”. If you have a tablet PC or convertible laptop, you can lock in the screen so it does not auto-rotate when you tilt or flip your tablet or laptop. In many cases, you want the screen to rotate relative to the device orientation.

Or how about Tablet Mode – if you’re using a laptop or desktop or all-in-one computer and you accidently tap “Tablet Mode” you are in for a big surprise – your desktop will be full of huge tiles and your beloved start menu will be no more. Luckily, if you accidentally tap “Tablet Mode” tapping it again will turn it off. If you click “Note” please note you won’t open Notepad, but you will open Microsoft One Note, which is a whole other animal. If you click “Quiet Hours” you won’t get any notifications between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM. Not sure how useful that one is.

If you click the little “Sunshine” button, you won’t turn off the rain, but you will brighten your screen, if it’s not already as bright as it can be – like mine. Conversely clicking it when it’s on 100% dim your screen. You can use this button to adjust your screen brightness however you like it. And you’ll find Battery Saver here as well.

If you click “Location” you’ll broadcast your location, or you can turn it off and hide (but not really).

So now you know a lot more about the Windows 10 Action Center – we hope!

Exploring is fun!

3 thoughts on “Action Center Dissected

  1. Susan Kazimerczak

    I can’t do either of these
    Windows Key + A or by clicking the shout-out icon just to the left of the system clock.
    The windows Key + A doesn’t work
    And there is no shout-out icon just to the left of the system clock
    Is there another way of of accessing Access Center
    The access center only shows up very periodically
    Thanks TC & Darcy

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Susan,

      It looks like you’re using the Windows 10 anniversary edition so the instructions below won’t work for you. But I’ve created a reg file you can use to enable the action center with a click. download “ Once you’ve downloaded it, unzip it, and right-click on the reg file and choose Merge or double-click it. You’ll receive a warning about modifying the registry; you’ll have to allow this registry change to enable your action center.

      For other users having problems with action center not showing, you can download the reg file (Windows 10 only) and proceed as above. Or you can follow the instructions below…

      Press Windows key + i (to bring up settings) or click on the Start button and click Settings (or the settings icon). In Settings, click on System. The click on Notifications & Actions on the left. In the Notifications and actions dialog, click the link that says “Turn system icons on or off”. Here’s a screen shot (forgive my “dark theme” 🙂

      System Icons Action Center

      After you click “Turn system icons on or off”. You’ll see the following window. Make sure “Action Center” is turned on.


      Action Center On

      Hope this helps you, Susan!

  2. D.

    @ Cloudeight
    Is there anything not in the Action Center that you wish they would put in it (choice). I use a desktop. I know you use a laptop, I think. I’m just curious.


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