How to manage notifications for Mail, Calendar and People

There are many ways to see when you have new email, messages, calendar events, status updates and Tweets. You have notifications in the top right-hand corner, quick status and detailed status updates on the lock screen, and tiles on the Start screen. Here's how you can customise how you're notified.

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Notifications (top-right corner)

Notifications appear in the top right-hand corner and look like this:

Notification for a Calendar event

To change which notifications appear here

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click Search and apps, then Notifications.

  3. Under Show notifications from these apps, set the app you want to On or Off.

To hide notifications temporarily in this area

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click Search and apps, then Notifications.

  3. Turn on Quiet hours and choose how long you want notifications hidden for.

  4. If you want to turn them back on before the time period is over, turn off Quiet hours.

To change notifications for a specific account

Mail lets you manage notifications for each account. Here's how.

  1. On Start, tap or click Mail.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Accounts.

  4. Choose the account you want to change notifications for.

  5. Under Show email notifications, tap or click the option you want.

Quick updates and detailed status on the lock screen

Quick updates and detailed status updates appear when you lock your PC, and are a handy way to quickly see what your next event is or if you have new email.

To change how you see quick status updates on the lock screen for Mail and Calendar

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click PC and Devices, then tap or click Lock screen.

    • To show the quick status, under Lock screen apps, tap or click the plus sign plus button, then tap or click the app icon. This also allows the apps to run in the background, which makes sure that they sync as often as you want them to.
    • To remove an app from the lock screen, tap or click the app icon, then tap or click Don't show quick status here or choose another app.

To change Calendar's event details on the lock screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Change PC settings then tap or click PC and devices.

  3. Tap or click Lock screen and under Choose an app to display detailed status, do one of the following:

    • To show detailed status for an app, tap or click the plus sign plus icon, then tap or click the Calendar icon Calendar icon.
    • To remove an app from the lock screen, tap or click the app icon, then tap or click Don't show quick status here or choose another app.

Tiles on Start

Some apps can highlight content and show it to you on your Start screen. Mail, Calendar and People are all able to do this, and many other apps can as well. You can also resize these tiles – for example, make them bigger to see more updates on Start.

To change how an app updates on Start

  1. Swipe down on the tile or person's picture. If you're using a mouse, right-click it.

  2. You can make the following changes:

    • Turn the live tile on or off.

    • Tap or click Resize to set the tile to be larger (more details) or smaller (fewer details).

To pin items to Start

When you pin items to Start, you can get specific updates about that item. For example, you can select any person from People or any folder in Mail, then watch new updates and messages come in.

  1. Open the app.

  2. Tap or click what you want to pin to Start.

  3. Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the application commands.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the application.)

  4. Tap or click Pin to Start, change the name if you want, then tap or click Pin to Start.

Resize a tile on Start

  1. Press and hold the tile you want to resize. (If you're using a mouse, right-click the tile.)

  2. Tap or click Resize.

  3. Try different tile sizes until you find the one you like best.