Windows 8 keeps popping up irritating messages at all odd times at the top of the screen:

Win8 Popups

These seem to be like some sort of new balloon tips. How do I get rid of these permanently?

  • I would not disable all of the notifications, some of them are useful and needed.
    – Moab
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 2:17

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Those are called toaster notifications. Go to the Charms menu (Win+C) and click on Settings. There you will see a notifications icon. Clicking on it will disable all such notifications. If you want to disable notifications for specific applications only, then click on "More PC settings" which will bring you to the Metro Control Panel. There, under the Notifications bar, you can choose what notifications you want to show/hide.

If you want to turn off balloon tip notifications you need to change some DWORD values in the registry. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and set/create following keys to 0:

  • Thanks, the first kind was what I was referring to, but didn't know the name. Is "toaster notification" official terminology? Will try it out and mark as answer if it works, but before that please add the instructions to the answer instead of simply linking to a page that might disappear one day. Edit: Also, where it says "Show notifications from these apps", will that list grow/shrink as I install/uninstall apps?
    – Karan
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:36
  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:38
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    @OliverSalzburg I will try to amend that. Karan, yes, apparently that is what they are called. Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:40
  • @Karan, yes that list should grow/shrink as you un-/install apps. Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:42
  • @0sh: Thanks for adding the info.! :)
    – Karan
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:53

For Windows 8.1:

  • Open the Charms menu (Win+C or move the mouse to one of the right corners)
  • Click Settings
  • Click Change PC settings (at the very bottom)
  • Click Search and apps from the menu on the left (you may need to go back to the home page)
  • Click Notifications
  • In the right pain, under Show notifications from these apps specify which applications you want to allow to show notifications.

You can also use the Notifications icon on the bottom of the Settings menu mentioned above to turn off notifications for a set amount of time.
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