Apps on Windows 10 can show you desktop notifications. The notifications are sent through the default Windows 10 notifications system if the app chooses to add support for it. The notifications are great both visually and as a feature. If you miss a notification, you can review it again from the Action Center. If you enable Focus Assist, the notifications will not interrupt you. Chrome has just added support for Windows 10 notifications. For some users, it’s enabled by default but for others you need to manually enable Windows 1o native notifications for Chrome.

Windows 10 Native Notifications For Chrome

Open Chrome and type the following in the location bar;

chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications

This will open the Chrome flags page and find the Enable Native Notifications flag for you. Open the dropdown next to it and select the ‘Enabled’ option. Relaunch Chrome from the button at the bottom.

This will allow websites and web apps to send you notifications and the notifications that appear will all appear as native toast notifications that other Windows 10 apps like Skype show.

This is of course only part one of what you need to do. Chrome can show you notifications but you have to allow websites and web apps to send them to you. To do that, you have to allow notifications on a per-website basis.

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To enable notifications for a website or a web app, visit it. Click the little padlock icon at the left of the URL bar and a little menu will open. If you see a Notifications entry, open the dropdown next to it and set it to Allow. If you don’t see the Notifications option, click the Manage site settings button. This will open a Chrome page dedicated to the website you were on where you can enable notifications for it.

This is useful for web apps such as the web version of Telegram. You can’t use it to force websites to show you desktop notifications if the app doesn’t support it. Websites can show notifications but not all of them can show desktop notifications. Some websites will only show you a pop-up on the page and may not be able to push the notification to Chrome which, in turn, cannot push it to your desktop.

If you don’t like Chrome using the native notifications, you can disable them by changing the value of the flag to Disabled. If you use Chrome, and you use a lot of websites and apps that send notifications, you will like the new feature and the fact that Focus Assist can turn them off whenever you need to concentrate on something.