Windows 8 apps, in particular, give users notifications about things quite often. In fact, we’ve shown you how to clear notifications before, and now we’ll show you how to use quiet hours to turn off notifications during certain hours to give you some peace and quiet.

Windows 8 is a whole new way to take advantage of everything an OS can do for a PC user. It allows for additional functionality, more interactivity and a boatload of new features that give users a truly immersive experience. One of those features is the notifications you get from apps, programs and more in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

These notifications, along with the noise they make, can be annoying and even wake some users up if they leave their PC on overnight. Quiet hours, introduced in Windows 8.1, allow you to set time limits on when notifications are turned off if your PC is still on. Let’s see how Quiet Hours works in Windows 8.1.

How to Use Quiet Hours in Windows 8.1

To open Quiet Hours, use the “Windows Key + C” shortcut to open the Charms Bar.


Click on “Settings” at the bottom.


Then, click on “Change PC settings” to get started with Quiet Hours.

This’ll open the new PC settings app introduced in Windows 8.1.

Click on “Search & apps,” then click on “Notifications.”


Scroll down to Quiet Hours.


Click the slider next to Off to “On.”


Now, you can set up Quiet Hours during a time frame of your choosing.


Simply select the From the time, then the To time and Quiet Hours will automatically be set up and ready to go.


If you use the built-in Skype app in Windows 8.1, not the desktop version, you can choose whether or not to receive calls during Quiet Hours. This can be a good idea if you use Skype regularly or in place of a phone.

If you keep this on, only Skype notifications will come through during Quiet Hours. Unfortunately, for now, this doesn’t work with any other voice calling app or desktop program in Windows 8.1. There’s no word yet if Microsoft will include other voice calling apps or programs in the final release of Windows 8.1. We’ll keep you updated on any additions to Quiet Hours as they become available.

How to Turn Off Notifications for a Few Hours

Now, if you don’t want to turn off notifications through Quiet Hours. You can also turn them off for up to eight hours at a time without setting up Quiet Hours in Windows 8.1.

Open the Charms Bar, then click “Settings” once again.


Click on “Notifications” in the bottom left-hand corner of the extended Charms Bar menu.


You’ll be able to turn off notifications for one, three or eight hours at a time.

If you want to turn notifications back on before the time frame expires, just open up the Charms Bar, navigate to the extended menu and click the Notifications icon again. This will immediately turn them back on for you.

Troubleshooting Issues with Quiet Hours

Issues have popped up here and there on Internet forums about quiet hours in Windows 8.1. Most of the complaints revolve around certain apps that still notify users during quiet hours. This appears to be a problem with the app itself and not the quiet hours feature in the OS.


Quiet Hours in Windows 8.1 are a step in the right direction for PC users. However, the feature seems incomplete and could be developed in a more utilized way for those using Windows 8 at all hours of the day. If you truly want to turn notifications off in Windows 8.1, you’ll want to use quiet hours and also tweak the settings in each app, program and the like that you use regularly. Only by tweaking what you use and using Quiet Hours can you get the best overall notifications block in Windows 8.1.

Please Note: All features in Windows 8.1, including Quiet Hours, can be volatile since 8.1 is still in its preview phase. If you encounter issues or bugs with Quiet Hours, let us know in the comments below. We’ll troubleshoot it for you and try to get them to work properly.