Is there a Windows 10 keyboard shortcut for Notification Panel?

I have Lenovo ThinkPad for my work computer and I cannot seem to get to the Notification Panel. (maybe it's blocked?)

I have tried Win + A and that doesn't show anything.

I do have functions like Win + P.

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On my personal Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I just swipe from the right side of the screen.

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    Win-A works perfectly fine for me. However, you also don’t have the icon next to the clock.
    – Daniel B
    Jul 30, 2019 at 13:56
  • Paste this into a new browser tab and click go ms-settings:notifications?activationSource=SMC-IA-4028678 then check you have notifications configured Jul 30, 2019 at 14:03
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    Win+B takes you to the notification area. Arrow keys move among all the icons including the action centre and press enter on the up arrow to display hidden icons. Win+A takes you straight to the action centre. Apr 29, 2021 at 21:26

1 Answer 1

  • Right click on the Taskbar
  • Open Taskbar Settings
  • Scroll down to "Notification Area" > Click on "Turn System icons on or off"
  • Toggle Action Center to "ON"

After this Win Key + A will also work.And if you have synaptics touchpad driver installed, then you can also open the Action Center by clicking/tapping all 4 fingers(exclude the thumb) on the touchpad. But if you don't have synaptics driver, you can download it from lenovo website.

Tip: Another touchpad shortcut is to swipe three fingers from top to bottom and this will minimize all the open windows.

  • Thanks All for the replies.i I checked @Elmo's directions on the work laptop and "Action Center" and its switch are grayed out. So, it looks like work IT has this functionality disabled... weird?! Again thanks for your help!
    – gravymatt
    Aug 1, 2019 at 18:22
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    @gravymatt You could ask your admin to have it enabled or if you have admin rights then follow instructions here: howtogeek.com/244539/…
    – Elmo
    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:19

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