What is Action Center?

Action Center is a central place to view alerts and take actions that can help keep Windows running smoothly.

Picture of Action Center in Control Panel
Action Center notifies you when items need your attention.

Action Center lists important messages about security and maintenance settings that need your attention. Red items in Action Center are labeled Important, and indicate significant issues that should be addressed soon, such as an outdated antivirus program that needs updating. Yellow items are suggested tasks that you should consider addressing, like recommended maintenance tasks.

  • Open Action Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under System and Security, clicking Review your computer's status.

To view details about either the Security or Maintenance section, click the heading or the arrow next to the heading to expand or collapse the section. If you don’t want to see certain types of messages, you can choose to hide them from view.

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Get a quick summary of your computer's status.
You can quickly see whether there are any new messages in Action Center by placing your mouse over the Action Center icon Picture of Action Center icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. Click the icon to view more detail, and click a message to address the issue. Or, open Action Center to view the message in its entirety.

If you’re having a problem with your computer, check Action Center to see if the issue has been identified. If it hasn’t, you can also find helpful links to troubleshooters and other tools that can help fix problems.

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