Windows 10 is awesome. Its Action Center notifications are awesome, too. But shortly after you upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system, you’ll find it doing something that’s not very awesome at all: spitting out notifications—ads, really—cajoling you to buy or upgrade Office. That’s one of them above.
Fortunately, disabling the ads is incredibly simple. The only tricky part is identifying where they’re coming from, but we’ve got you covered. The culprit is the new Get Office app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10.
There are a few different ways you can disable the Get Office notifications. If you never plan to take advantage of the Office discounts available in the app, the scorched-earth approach gets the job done quickly. Simply open the Start menu’s All Apps list, right-click on the Get Office app, and select Uninstall. You’ll be asked to confirm the deletion; do so. Boom! Done.
But there’s another way to silence those annoying ads without wiping Get Office from your operating system. Open the Start menu and head to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Scroll down to the “Show notifications from these apps” section and slide the Get Office app’s slider to off. Again: done!
While you’re busy basking in all the sweet, sweet silence, considering checking out PCWorld’s guides to Windows 10 best tips and tricks and 12 obscure new Windows 10 features that eliminate everyday hassles. Things only get better once you’ve muffled Get Office.
This story, "How to stop Windows 10's annoying Microsoft Office ads" was originally published by PCWorld.