Extending The Display Time For Popup Messages in Windows 7 and Windows 10

If you're anoyed by the fact that those popup notifications disappear before you can get to them these instructions should help. Chris Hallsworth gets the credit for assembling and making these instructions available.

In Windows 7 and Windows 10, it is possible to change a setting whereby you can tell Windows to keep its notification dialogues, such as help balloons, open for up to five minutes. To do this follow the steps below.

1. Press Windows-U to open the Ease of Access Centre. (With Windows 10 type Ease of Access in the search box and use the arrow keys to select it and then press Enter. You may also go to the Control Panel to locate it.)

2. Tab to and activate the link, "Use the computer without a display".

3. Tab to and focus on the combo box, "How long should windows notification dialogues stay open for".

4. Use your up and down arrow keys to set the number of seconds or minutes.

5. Tab to and activate the button, "ok". (With Windows 10 you will probably find an Apply button. You want to press enter on this before you press Ok.)

6. Close Ease Of Access Centre.

When you open Ease Of Access Centre, you may hear speech from Narrator. This is normal. (If you wish to turn it off hold down the Windows key and press Enter.

Updated on ... September 22, 2016