In Windows 10 desktop, is there way to "Clear All" of the Action Center notifications with the keyboard?

I know WinA will open the Action Center. But I haven't found a shortcut to dismiss the notifications.

  • Can you not navigate around with arrow keys and Enter to select desired option(s) after using Win A? – codaamok Sep 16 '16 at 17:07


WinKey + A (to open Action Center)

Shift + Tab + Tab (to set focus on "clear all")


The above keystrokes can be automated using NirCmd or AHK easily.

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    I may have spoke too soon. It works, but it's not ideal. Apparently shift+tab doesn't work, so you have to Tab about 7 times to get to "Clear All" :( – Drew S Sep 16 '16 at 20:23
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    A keyboard sequence this is. A keyboard shortcut? Seems like a bit of a longcut to me. Sadly, this may be the best that Redmond is offering us. :-( – Edward Brey Nov 11 '16 at 2:28
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    The first Shift+Tab only focuses the settings tiles within the Action Center for me; a second press focuses the Clear All button. – Robert K. Bell Sep 28 '18 at 0:35
  • This answer is not completely accurate. While you can automate those key combinations with AHK, if you happen to press it when there's no notifications it'll trigger random actions from your Action Center icons, or open the Action Center settings window. – Luis Ferrao Jan 29 at 8:19

For some reason, when doing that manually the solution of WinKey-A, Shift-Tab and Space, always works... but it doesn't when doing it from AutoIt.

This little script for AutoIt will either:

a) If there are any notifications, it will clear them all

b) If there aren't, it will expand or contract the buttons (Tablet, config, etc...) from below.

  • Odd. I couldn't get Shift+Tab to work manually. I'm on Win 10 Home 64 bit. – Drew S Dec 20 '16 at 21:56
  • @Drew S Seems an unrelated issue, as shift added to a navigation key generally reverses the action. This is standard across windows, chrome, Linux desktops, etc. If the key combination isn't working I would look towards my keyboard or something such as filter keys in the OS affecting the input. – shenk May 3 '19 at 2:59

For AutoHotKey users, this little script works for me (Win10 Pro 20H2/19042):


This makes the hotkey Ctrl+F12 clear all notifications (Based on w32sh's answer). You can change the hotkey by changing the ^F12 to anything you like, eg. #F6 for the Windows key+F6 or ^m for Ctrl+m.

Copy into a file called ClearNotifications.ahk and run, if you have AutoHotKey installed.



  • WinKey + A to open Action Center
  • WinKey + A again to close it

At this point notifications are cleared out

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    NO, it's not be cleared, it still there, just highlight of notification icon was cleared from having notifications -> blank state – Natta Wang Nov 12 '19 at 2:53

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