How To Access, Use & Customize Quick Actions In Windows 10

quick, actions, Windows 10Windows 10’s notifications are a whole new way of always being up to date with what’s happening on your device. In a previous tutorial we already talked about the notifications, and among others, we also mentioned that the new Windows 10 Action Center includes a set of quick actions which you can use in an easy manner. In today’s article we’re going to focus on these quick actions and see what they do, how you can use them and how to customize them to your liking. So without further ado, let’s get started:

What Are The Quick Actions From Windows 10?

First of all, we should know what the Quick Actions from Windows 10 are:

Quick Actions are a set of buttons which allow you to quickly and easily open things or switch settings on or off in Windows 10.

While the number of Quick Actions you’ll get depends on your device, on a regular laptop you should have at least the following Quick Actions:

  • All settings: launches the Settings app.
  • Connect: connects your device to other devices. By default, if you have a Wi-Fi adapter installed, Windows 10 will search for and try to connect to other wireless display and audio devices.
  • Battery Saver: switches on and off the Battery Saver feature from Windows 10. Battery Saver limits background tasks in order to conserve energy and keep your device running longer.
  • VPN: lets you quickly connect or disconnect from a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Brightness: sets the brightness level for your display.
  • Note: lets you quickly create a note in OneNote.
  • Wi-Fi: turns your wireless adapter on or off.
  • Quiet hours: mutes all the notifications.
  • Location: turns the location based services on or off.
  • Airplane mode: turns the Airplane mode on or off.
  • Tablet mode: switches Windows 10 between desktop and tablet modes.

How To Access The Quick Actions From Windows 10

In order to access the Quick Actions from Windows 10, you will first need to open the Action Center. If you don’t know how to do that, you can find some guidance in the first section from this tutorial: How To Use The Notifications From The Action Center In Windows 10.

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Once you open the Action Center, on its bottom section you’ll see a row of four Quick Actions displayed as tiles. Clicking or tapping any of these tiles will launch their appropriate actions. An important thing worth mentioning is the fact that these four Quick Actions can be customized to your liking, so that they match exactly the actions you use most often. Later in this tutorial, we’ll also show you how to do that.

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Just above and to the right of these tiles, you’ll also see a small button, called Expand. If you click or tap it, the Quick Actions section expands to display all the available Quick Actions that you can interact with.

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If you want the Quick Actions section to shrink back, click or tap on the Collapse button.

How To Customize The Quick Actions From Windows 10

As we’ve seen, on the bottom of Windows 10’s Action Center we have four Quick Actions. These four Quick Actions can be customized so that they match the actions you need and use more often than others.

To do that, start by launching the Settings app.

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Then, open System and select Notifications & actions from the list on the left.

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On the right pane, you’ll find a section called Quick actions. Click or tap the quick action button you want to change.

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Windows 10 will display a list of Quick Actions from which you can choose the one you want set.

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If you want to change more quick actions, repeat the same click/tap & select process for each of them. The changes you make are effective immediately, so no reboot is needed.

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And that’s it! Now you have your own Quick Actions set, exactly how you like them.

Conclusion

The Quick Actions are a great little feature and a great example of how small things can have a big impact on usability. They’re not a really big deal, but they make your life easier, especially if you’re using Windows 10 on a tablet or any other kind of touchscreen device. What do you think? Do you use the Quick Actions? You can post any opinion or question you might have in the comments form below.

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