The beginner's guide to using Focus Assist on Windows 11

The beginner’s guide to using Focus Assist on Windows 11

It’s all too easy to let distractions like social media or videos draw us away from what we’re supposed to be doing, like writing articles about Windows 11. Operating systems are now including features like Focus assist to help us keep our eyes on the road, so to speak.

Microsoft’s Focus Assist was first launched in a 2018 version of Windows 10, replacing a feature known as Quiet Hours, and while Windows 11 doesn’t bring any significant changes, it does make the tool easier to use. Focus assist prevents messages from appearing on your screen and can be engaged automatically when you go to presentation mode, play a game, or use an app in full-screen mode.

In this tutorial, we will show you how you can manually start a Focus Assist session.

The Clock app now includes Focus Assist in Windows 11. To start a session manually, put “Clock” into the Search icon in your taskbar. You’ll be directed to a website where you can specify how long you want the session to last; you can also establish a daily goal if you like. There are also tiles that allow you to connect your Spotify account (if you have one) to your focus sessions or utilise Microsoft To Do to choose a task for that session.


The beginner's guide to using Focus Assist on Windows 11


You may alter the length of your concentrate time (including breaks) and choose a sound to play when your focus period (or break) ends by clicking on the settings icon in the bottom left corner of the Clock app. You can also remove the Spotify and/or To Do tiles.