GUIDE: How to use Focus Assist on Windows 11?

Do you ever struggle to stay focused on your tasks? Perhaps you have difficulties keeping your eyes open in the morning or concentrating during the day. Maybe you feel you’re constantly being pulled in different directions. If this describes you, you may have focus problems.

This article will show you how to use Focus Assist on Windows 11 to improve your attention span. Here’s an overview:

What is the Focus Assist in Windows 11?

Focus assist is a feature in windows made by Microsoft. It helps you to stay concentrate on your task and improve your productivity.

This feature was first introduced in windows ten insider preview 2018.

Focus assist can reduce distractions when you want to focus on getting something done.

On-screen alerts like incoming Skype calls, new emails, and app update notifications will be paused so you can focus on what’s in front of you.

How Do I Turn on Focus Assist?

The Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts help you focus on your work more quickly and efficiently. Press [Ctrl]+[Tab] to hide most application windows except the selected one. To show any hidden application window, press the same shortcut key again.

We can also turn focus Assist on via the Switcher Tray in the upper-right corner of the desktop.

To turn on Focus Assist using the taskbar, please follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click on the Windows icon at the bottom left of your screen and select Allow Focus Assist.
  2. Note that the “Focus assist” icon changes from a text description to three vertical dots.
  3. And that’s it!”

How Do I Turn on Focus Assist on windows 11?

Learn how to enable Focus Assist in Windows 11 with this step-by-step tutorial. Follow along to learn more about blocking distractions, emails, and notifications from appearing on the screen.

  1. Go to system> Focus assist in Settings (look for it from the taskbar).
  2. The first part allows you to enable or disable the two separate modes. Priority only will allow you to pick which applications you want to get notifications from, while Alarms only displays alarm alerts and conceals all other messages.
  3. Select one to start Focus Assist in that setting right now. As previously said, someone may do the same immediately from the taskbar.
  4. If you want to choose which alerts may skip focus assist, choose to Customize the priority list under Priority only.
  5. You may allow calls and reminders to come through and alerts from pinned contacts and any app on that page’s list.
  6. Add an app to include any other app you wish to get notifications. To delete one, select it and hit the Remove button.
  7. To adjust those choices, go to the Automatic rules section and scroll down:
  8. During this time, set a start and stop time for the focus to assist it in starting and ending automatically. It might happen every day or only on weekends or weekdays.
  9. When using a full-screen program, I’ll perform This feature block alerts while using an app in full-screen mode, similar to game mode.
  10. After a Windows feature update, for the first hour: This one is self-explanatory as well.

Setting Up Focus Sessions:

In Windows 11, you may use focus assist in helping you focus on your work. We can also use focus sessions for total concentration times separated by breaks.

The Clock app has this feature.

  1. From the taskbar’s search bar, look for Clock and launch it.
  2. On the Focus sessions tab, click Get started.
  3. You can experiment with the following choices on this page:
  4. You may decide how long the session should last.
  5. Choose a daily target that ranges from 30 minutes to 8 hours.
  6. Define the session’s Microsoft To-Do items.
  7. If you wish to adjust the focus and break period duration, use various alarm sounds, or toggle the Spotify or To-Do tile visibility, go to Settings at the bottom-left.
  8. Go back to the Focus sessions page and choose Start focus session.

How to Handle Automatic Focus Assist Rules?

Windows 11 includes the ability to keep distractions at bay when you need to focus by putting your attention on a specific task. This feature is called Focus Assist, and Automatic rules are only one option that can help you reduce distractions.” How to set up and manage automatic rules for Focus Assist:

  1. Navigate to start> Settings.
  2. Select system> Focus aid from the Settings menu, then scroll down to the Automatic rules section.
  3. When using the Focus help tool, tap the slider next to the choice to turn on the rules you wish.
  4. Turn on the option during these periods.
  5. You may specify the start and finish timings for Focus help by clicking it one more time. When focus help is turned on automatically, you can choose to display a notification in the action center. Then, select whether to use additional Focus Assist functions. For example, you can only get alerts if you duplicate your display, only priority messages while playing a game, or just priority messages for the first hour following a feature update—restarting your system to complete the installation.


This blog is for you if you’re having trouble staying focused on your duties or if you’re continually being pushed in multiple directions. We’ll show you how to use Focus Assist on Windows 11 to improve your attention span and manage distractions better. You can also read how to set up focus sessions and handle automatic focus assist rules. So keep an eye out for future fascinating blog postings about increasing productivity!

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Anuj Kumar
Anuj Kumar

Anuj is a passionate blogger from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Currently pursuing in Programming and Data Science from IIT Madras. Apart from being an avid learner and a tech enthusiast, he loves playing PC Games and likes to keep himself updated with the latest trends in the tech industry.

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