Action Center

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Action Center
Operating systemWindows 10
SuccessorQuick Settings and Notification Center (Windows 11)
TypeAction Center

Action Center is a notification center included with Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. It was introduced with Windows Phone 8.1 in July 2014, and was introduced to the desktop with the launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.[1]

The Action Center replaces the charms in Windows 10.[2][3][4]

The Action Center was replaced with Quick Settings and the Notification Center in Windows 11.[5][6]


Action Center allows for four quick settings, and in Windows 10 users can expand the view to show all of the quick settings. Notifications are sorted into categories by app, and users can swipe right to clear notifications. Action Center also supports actionable notifications starting with Windows 10. In the mobile version, the user can swipe from the top to the bottom to invoke Action Center,[7] and further features introduced in Windows Phone 8.1 include the ability to change simple settings such as volume controls. The new notifications area's design allows the user to for example change wireless networks, turn Bluetooth and Airplane Mode on or off, and access "Driving Mode" from four customisable boxes at the top of the screen, while beneath these four horizontally placed boxes include recent text messages and social integration.[8][9][10] On the desktop version, the user can invoke Action Center by clicking on its icon on the taskbar (at the lower right corner of the screen), or by swiping from the right.

Microsoft announced at Microsoft Build 2016 that Cortana would be able to mirror notifications between the Actions Centers of Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10,[11][12] and Cortana would also be able to synchronize notifications from Android devices to the Windows 10 Action Center.[13][14]

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  2. ^ Curtis, Sophie (4 August 2015). "Windows 10 review: a fresh Start for Microsoft". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ Gralla, Preston (29 January 2015). "Windows 10 deep-dive review: Finally, a unified operating system". Computerworld. IDG.
  4. ^ Savill, John (28 January 2015). "The New Windows 10 Features You Need to Know About". Windows IT Pro. Penton. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ Blog, Windows Insider (June 28, 2021). "Announcing the first Insider Preview for Windows 11". Windows Insider Blog. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Parmar, Mayank (June 25, 2021). "Windows 11 features a shiny new Action Center with media controls". Windows Latest. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Miller, Matthew (17 April 2014). "Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center provides a balanced alert system. Apple commonly copies other mobile operating systems and makes apps and utilities better. In this case, Microsoft did the same thing with notifications and may have just come up with the best approach". ZDNet.
  8. ^ First screenshots of the Notification Center for Windows Phone 8.1 reveal new design | Windows Phone Central
  9. ^ "With 8.1 update and Action Center, Windows Phone users will finally have a notifications hub - Tech2". Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  10. ^ Gorman, Michael (2014-02-19). "Here's Windows Phone 8.1's notification center in action (video)". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  11. ^ Surur, Suril (2 April 2016). "Cortana is now 2 years old". MSPowerUser.
  12. ^ Torres, JC (1 April 2016). "Cloud-based Windows 10 Action Center will also be on Android". SlashGear.
  13. ^ Chavez, Chris (1 April 2016). "Windows 10 Anniversary Update not only mirrors Android notifications, but lets you interact with them too [VIDEO]". Phandroid.
  14. ^ Amadeo, Ron (2 April 2016). "The Windows 10 Anniversary Update can mirror Android notifications. Get Android notifications on your desktop. The catch: You have to install Cortana". Ars Technica.