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How to Change Notification Display Time in Windows 8

Notifications in Windows 8 are shown on the top right-edge of the screen, instead of the usual balloon notification in the system tray. By default, the notification stays on the screen for 5 seconds. If you want them to stay open for a longer duration, this is how to do it.

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From the desktop, move your mouse pointer to the right-edge of the screen until you see the Charms bar. Click on Settings.

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Then click on “Change PC Settings”.

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This will open the Modern Control Panel. Click on Ease of Access, and from there adjust the notification display time as shown below. Unfortunately, the lowest you can go is 5 seconds.

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If you don’t like the Modern Control Panel, you can do this from the traditional Control Panel as well.

Press the Win+X or right click in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to open the WinX menu, then launch Control Panel.

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Click Ease of Access, then click on Ease of Access again on the next screen.

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Now click on the “Make it easier to focus on tasks” link.

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Scroll down the page. Here you will be able to adjust how long Windows notifications stay open.

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