I'm talking about the notifications that appear in the bottom right corner and disappear by themselves in a few seconds. However, they sometimes can take up a lot of space and get in the way, which is bothersome. You can 'swipe' them away with your mouse to get rid of them faster, but is there a way to do the same using only the keyboard?

To be clear, I don't want to delete the notification from the Action Center, but rather to dismiss it for later viewing.

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    There isn't a native method to do that, no. Depending upon how much time and effort you want to devote towards accomplishing this, AutoHotkey can potentially be configured to do it. People have already done similar things in previous versions of Windows, configuring AutoHotkey to dismiss system tray notifications.
    – Run5k
    Dec 30, 2016 at 21:58
  • I see, I suspected as much. I may try to make an AutoHotkey script for this, in that case. Thanks for your comment. Dec 30, 2016 at 22:30
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    THANK you very much for pointing that I can SWIPE it away! There is no "close" button, so how could I ever guess that? Apr 22, 2018 at 21:18

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Hiding all currently displayed notifications for viewing them later works by opening and closing the Action Center. (Press [Win]+[A] two times)

When you need a total pause from notifications, you can open Action Center ([Win]+[A]) and enable Quiet Hours.

Also if a single app causes a bunch of messages you can reduce the maximum number of simultaniously displayed notifications per app to one:

Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. Click System. Click Notifications & actions. Click on the source of notifications you want to regulate. Choose the number of displayed notifications: [1, 3, 5, 10, 20] where 3 is standard.

  1. Press Shift + Win + V. This will move the focus to the notification.
  2. Then, Delete, to dismiss it.
    • Previously, you had to press Shift + Tab, Spacebar

Found with some help from Winaero: Dismiss Windows 10 Notification From Keyboard

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