Windows 10 Action Center: Managing Quick Actions

By | January 13, 2020
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Windows 10 Action Center: Managing Quick Actions

You gotta love the title of this… it sounds like something you’d read in “Computer Geeks Monthly”. But have no fear – there are no geeks here. However, we noticed a lot of you don’t use the Action Center or Quick actions. 

So, today we’re going to re-introduce (or introduce) you to Action Center’s Quick actions because they are convenient and provide you with quick access to some of Windows 10’s most-used features.

We made a lot of screenshots for this tutorial, so I guess this is more of a pictorial – kind of like a “Sing Along With Mitch” kind of thing. Does anyone remember that show? You don’t have to sing along with me, but you can follow along with me as we delve into the mysteries of the Windows 10 Action Center and Quick Actions.

First, what is the Action Center? It’s an area where – if you have “Notifications” enabled, you’ll see notifications from your computer and apps/programs. You can open Action Center by clicking on the little blurb icon (I know, I know) to the right of your Windows clock. You can also open it by using the Windows Key + A shortcut. Go ahead – give it a whirl!

At the bottom of the Action Center are tiles for what Microsoft calls “Quick Actions”.  Quick Actions are tiles that let you access Windows features – like Night Light, Settings, Network, Airplane Mode, Night light, Screen brightness, and so on.

Below you’ll see an example of Quick Actions at the bottom of Action Center on one of my laptops. It’s colorfully annotated so you can bemuse yourself by reading the annotations.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

One would think, logically, that you could edit Quick Actions from the Action Center, right? Well, that would be logical, but we’re talking Microsoft here, so if you want to edit the Quick Action part of the Action Center you’ll need to go to open settings.

Right-click on the start button and click “Settings” then click “System” and then Notifications & actions.

But wait, there’s more. In Notifications & actions, under “Quick actions” click on “Edit your Quick actions”. See?

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

And up will pop your Quick actions. All of them have, oddly, thumbtacks sticking on them. Click the thumbtack to remove the Quick action from the Action Center- but, thankfully, not from your computer.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

Well now you know how to remove Quick actions, so now you’ll see how to add them. And logic does prevail here because to add a Quick action (or Quick actions) to your Action Center, just click on the +Add. See?

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

You can remove and add Quick actions to suit your fancy. I personally like Quick Actions for things like opening Settings,  setting screen brightness, displaying Network properties, Focus assist among others. But it’s your computer, so you configure it the way that works for you. But Quick actions is a lot quicker than messing around in Settings to find some things, and it’s even a decent way to open Settings.

Whatever Quick actions you like, add them to your Action Center.   When you’re finished adding Quick actions, click “Done”. See, not hard at all.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

And if your Action center icons are not in the order you want them, just drag them around and drop them where you want them. As the man tells ya in the screen snip below “Rearranging is easy”.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

Want to remove some Quick actions. No problem. You can remove them all if they annoy you – I like quick and easy so I like Quick actions. But if you have too many and you want to remove some, no problem. Just click the thumbtack and that Quick action is gone from the Action Center but now from your computer.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

And Lo and Behold there is my Action Center Quick actions arranged as I want them.

Cloudeight Windows Tips - Action Center

Quick actions are convenient and can save you time. But only if you use them.  If you don’t use the Action Center or Quick actions at all, you can save taskbar real estate by removing the Action Center icon from your taskbar. Want to know how? Click here.


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3 thoughts on “Windows 10 Action Center: Managing Quick Actions

  1. Jim Bonds

    “Well, that would be logical, but we’re talking Microsoft here, so……”
    You are so subtle. I said the same thing a little different.

  2. Tom Rathe

    I must have done something wrong. I did get Action Center to appear, then a group of Apps popped up. I then tried to close the Apps, but it wasn’t happening. I tried to get back to my desktop and that would not happen. Finally got back to desktop and all Icons were gone. Tried to get Icons back, but did not have an option to personalize. Was able to get Taskbar settings, but that was it. Had to do a System Restore. Guess I will not be trying this again.
    I know I probably did something wrong, but not sure what.

    1. infoave Post author

      The article was not about closing apps in Action Center it was about adding or removing features. You can get back to your desktop from anywhere on your computer by pressing CTRL + D or clicking the very right-edge of your taskbar. or by pressing Ctrl + M.


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