During an exam where you are using the FLOWlock browser, you may still experience notifications coming from Windows 10 or MacOS and they can cause a distraction during the exam. Unfortunately it is not possible for the FLOWlock browser to completely disable these notifications and if you want to avoid them, you need to turn off the notifications manually.
The easiest way to turn off the distracting notifications is using the Focus Assist. This feature was introduced in April 2018 and should be available on almost all Windows 10 computers.
The first thing you need to do is open the Windows 10 settings and go to "System".
In the System menu you need to find the Focus Assist on the left side and click it. This will open the settings for the focus assist.
In here you just activate the option "Alarms only" and then it will hide all notification, except for alarms. And when the exam is over, you can go back to the same setting and choose the one you previously had to turn on notifications again.
Notifications & actions
If you don't have an updated version of Windows 10, where the Focus Assist is available, then you will need to turn off the notifications one by one.
To turn them off, you open the Windows 10 settings and go to "System".
In the System menu you need to find Notifications & actions on the left side and click it. This will open the settings for notifications.
On the right side you scroll down until you reach "Get notifications from these senders" and then you flip the switch on each of the programs here. When they are all set to off, then you wont get any notifications during the exam. And when it is over, you can go back to this place and turn them all on again to receive notifications again.
On MacOS, there are a few options of how to turn off the notifications on the computer, which some of them will be explained here.
First you want to find your System Preferences, which can be found either on your Dock or by looking through or searching in your applications folder for it.
When opening the Systems Preferences, there will be a few different options here, but we only want to use the Notifications tab, which can be found here.
In the Notifications tab, there will be access to a few different ways of managing your notifications.
One of them will be to find the Do Not Disturb in the overview on the left side. If you click on it you will be find a few different options on the right side.
In the right side panel, there will be a few checkboxes which can help with turning off the notifications. An easy way to avoid getting any notifications during your use of FLOWlock, you can simply set the timer for the exam period and checkmark the box.
As an example, if you have an FLOWlock exam from 9:00 to 14:00, you can set the timer to the following:
By using these settings you can suppress all notifications in the giving time period, so no notification will disturb you doing your time in the FLOWlock browser.
NOTE: If you dont want to make use of this option, you can always go through each application in the overview on the left panel and turn off all relevant notifications for the exam and turn them back on again afterwards.