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In this post, learn how to increase Windows 10 toast notifications display time or duration, using Settings app or via registry manipulation.

In Windows 10, toast notification appears for 5 seconds, by default. Once notification appears, you’ve notification count displayed on Action Center icon. You can then click on Action Center icon and the notification is listed in the pane, until you act upon it.

How To Increase Windows 10 Toast Notifications Display Time

Some users may want to increase the time these toast notification(s) stay on the screen. If you’re also looking forward to customize toast notifications display duration, this article is for you.

You can do this via Settings app or using registry. Both methods are mentioned below.

How To Increase Windows 10 Toast Notifications Display Time/Duration

Method 1 – Via Settings App

FYI: These steps are illustrated on Windows 10 V1803.

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Ease of Access > Display.

3. Moving on, under Display, click on the drop-down titled Show notifications for. The default time is 5 seconds, so you can now adjust it as per your requirement.

How To Increase Windows 10 Toast Notifications Display Time

Close Settings app when you’re done. The changes will applied immediately.

Method 2 – Via Registry

If you want to set custom time duration for display of toast notifications, you can try the registry manipulation mentioned below.

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

How To Increase Windows 10 Toast Notifications Display Time

3. Now in the right pane of Accessibility registry key, you might see MessageDuration named registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) which is set to 5. This registry DWORD controls the toast notifications display duration in Windows 10. So double click on this registry DWORD to modify its Value data:

How To Increase Windows 10 Toast Notifications Display Time

4. Finally, choose Base as Decimal and set the Value data to equals to number of seconds you want to let Windows display toast notifications and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.

After reboot, you’ll realize that notifications stay on the screen, as per the time you set in the registry DWORD’s Value data.

In this way, you’ve customized toast notifications duration in Windows 10.

That’s it!


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