Action Center in Windows 10 has a collection of quick action buttons that provide useful functions. In this guide I will show how to customise those buttons and make them even more useful.
Where is Action Center?
This used to be an item in the Control Panel, but since Windows 10 it is the panel that slides out from the right side of the screen when the last button in the taskbar is clicked – it is like a speech bubble.
The Action Center panel shows notifications at the top, but at the bottom is a row of buttons that are used to access common functions, such as turning Bluetooth on or off, turning on Quiet Hours or Battery Saver, adjusting the screen brightness and so on.
There are two display options for the quick action buttons and either a single row of buttons can be shown:
or all the buttons can be shown by clicking the Expand link:
Rearrange the quick action buttons
What you may not realise is that the positions of the buttons is not fixed and they can be rearranged. By putting your favourite and most used buttons on the top row, the whole collection can be used in its minimised state, which leaves more space for notifications.
To customise the quick action buttons, press Windows+I to open the Settings app and click System. Select Notifications & actions on the left and on the right are all the Action Center quick action buttons.
Point at a tile, click and hold the mouse button down and drag the tile to a new position. Drag your favourite ones or the most used to the top row. The other tiles scoot around to make room. Drag the least used tiles to the end.
With your most used tiles on the top row, take a fresh look at the Action Center panel and see the difference.
Add or remove quick actions
You may not be seeing all the quick actions tiles and there could be others that you are missing out on. Click the link Add or remove quick actions. This displays a list of on/off switches that enable you to choose the tiles that are displayed. If there are some you never use, such as Tablet mode, click the switch to hide it.
Adjust the brightness.
The Brightness tile is a bit different to the others, which are mostly on/off switches. There is also a difference between Windows versions or perhaps hardware, because they are different on Windows 10 Creator’s Update on one computer and Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update on another computer I have.
Clicking the Brightness quick action tile changes the screen brightness in 25% increments on Windows 10 Creator’s Update. On the Fall Creator’s Update it cycles through words like Brighter, Dimmer and Suggested. The Suggested setting appears to be an automatic brightness level based on the light in the room.
The Tablet mode quick action is for computers with touch screens that are either fixed or detachable. They switch to a Windows 8 like Start screen mode that has tiles for apps and it supports touches, taps and swipes.
If you don’t have a touch screen, drag this tile to the last position so it is out of the way. If you have a hybrid computer/tablet with a detachable screen you may want to put it first.
If the Battery saver tile will not do anything, it is probably because the computer is running on mains power. If you have a laptop then unplug it to turn Battery saver on/off.