Windows 10 users who have upgraded the Chrome web browser to version 68 today or installed the browser anew today may have noticed that the new version of Google Chrome supports Windows 10's notification system now natively.

Google publishes release information on the Google Chrome Releases blog but those are quite useless for users interested in finding out about new or changed features in new releases.

Windows 10 users may stumble upon the new feature by accident but it is not enabled for all users. You find information about the support and gradual roll outon Twitter where Google engineer Peter Beverloo posted the news.

According to his information, about 50% of Windows 10 users have the feature enabled already at this point in time. Google plans to enable the feature for the remaining 50% in the near future so that it is supported for all Windows 10 users who use the browser.

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Native notifications on Windows 10 means that Chrome will display notifications in the lower right corner similarly to how other programs do it on Windows 10.

Chrome's implementation works with the operating system's Quiet Hours / Focus Assist functionality. Focus Assist provides manual and automatic rules to turn off all or some notifications for a period of time.

A right-click on the Action Center icon in the system tray area and the selection of Focus Assist displays manual options.The default state is off but you may switch it to priority only or alarms only. Priority only uses a list of priority applications to display only notifications by those for as long as it is activated. Alarms only hides all notifications but displays alarms still.

You find additional options in the Settings application under Settings > System > Focus Assist to configure automatic rules.

Automatic options include the following options:

  • Enable Focus Assist during specific times of the day.
  • When playing games.
  • When duplicating the display.

Manage Native Notifications in Chrome

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If you prefer Chrome's own way of displaying notifications you may disable the feature if it is enabled, or turn it on if it is not already.

  1. Load chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications in the Chrome address bar.
  2. Select Enabled to turn the functionality on.
  3. Select Disabled to turn it off.

Google plans to refresh Chrome's own notification system soon and if you set the flag to disabled, Chrome will use it instead. Google has no plans to remove the notification system at this point in time.