I use push notifications for very important things, but I've noticed that Windows doesn't always display the notification or play the notification sound when a notification comes in, which is hugely problematic. If I'm looking at the bottom right, a "1" will appear, but no noise and no popup.

This seems to happen when I'm playing a YouTube video (in the background, on a different windows virtual desktop).

I have "focus assist" disabled. If it's relevant, the notifications are coming from Chrome.

  • Have you verified that Focus Assist is off in the Action Center and also in Settings > System > Focus assist (all options)?
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 11:36
  • yes, it's "off", and I have all the automatic enable rules disabled, so it should never enable itself.
    – Skeets
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 22:45
  • If using an NVIDIA graphic card, enable the "In-Game Overlay" in the settings for GeForce Experience. Otherwise, you will need to enable Focus Assist.
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 8:47


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