Acer Chromebook Spin 311Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Notifications are polarizing; they're either a blessing or a curse. Sometimes they're both at once! As useful as they can be to keep you updated on news, weather, messages, or whatever else, they can get in the way of productivity, entertainment, or downtime. We'll show you how to get a handle on them so that your Chromebook respects your boundaries.

How to manage notifications on a Chromebook the short way

  1. Click on the lower right corner of the screen where the clock is to pull up the quick settings menu.
  2. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Notifications icon.
  3. Click on the Notifications icon to turn off or turn on all notifications at once.

    Chromebook Notification 1Source: Android Central

  4. Click the checkboxes for the apps, plugins, or services that you wish to receive notifications from. You can change this at any time.
  5. Toggle the Do not disturb slider to disable your notifications temporarily.

    Chromebook Notification 2Source: Android Central

How to manage notifications on a Chromebook the longer way

  1. Click on the lower right corner of the screen where the clock is to pull up the quick settings menu.
  2. Click on the gear icon to pull up the system settings menu.

    Chromebook Notification 6Source: Android Central

  3. Click on Apps.
  4. Click on Manage your apps.

    Chromebook Notification 3Source: Android Central

  5. Click on the app whose notifications you want to manage.

    Chromebook Notification 4Source: Android Central

  6. Toggle the Notifications slider on or off.

    Chromebook Notification 5Source: Android Central

Unfortunately, there isn't a way to have more granular notification controls besides "on" or "off," but at least you can dictate which notifications you'll see as they come in.

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