Windows 8.1 Notifications Disappear Too Fast? Here’s the Fix

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 Change Windows 8.1 Notification Delays

When you receive a notification in Android, the icon stays in your drawer until you dismiss or act on it. However, by default, Windows 8.1 makes your notifications disappear within 5 seconds, a time so fast you might not even notice you that you had a notification at all. Even worse, once a notification has disappeared, it's gone forever so you can't even find out what you missed. Fortunately, by changing a simple setting, you can keep Windows 8.1 notifications on screen until you manually dismiss them or for a longer period of time.

1. Open the registry editor by hitting Windows + R then entering regedit in the dialog box that appears.


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2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Accessibility key.

navigate to accessibility key

3. Double click the MessageDuration DWORD value in the right window pane. A dialog box appears.

Double click message duration

4. Set Base to Decimal and Enter a Value of 4294967295 if you want notifications to stay until you manually dismiss them. The number you enter is the delay time in seconds which, by default, is only 5 seconds and can last as long as 4,294,967,295 seconds (136 years), longer than you'd keep the computer on. If you enter "300," notifications will disappear on their own if you don't act on them within five minutes.

Enter the delay time in seconds.

Your notifications will now stay on the screen until you either close them or click to open them. 

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  • Graham Says:

    This does help with a real problem, but I have found that notifications disappear if the PC goes to sleep, and also do not show on wake-up if their start time is when the PC is asleep.

    Notifications in Outlook were much more reliable.

  • ken argo Says:

    An easier (and more supported method) would be to use the PC Settings, Ease of Access, Other. You don't (and shouldn't) edit the registry directly.