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Stop Windows 10 Action Center from Popping out from the right

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I've read about disabling the Action Center. I don't want to go that far, but is there a way to get it to stop popping out from the right across 1/3 of my screen while I'm working?  I have to click somewhere on the left side of the screen to make it go away.  It's annoying.

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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Don't click on it, to hide it click on it again (bottom right corner)
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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These two guides should help you.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-configure-notifications-action-center-windows-10/
http://www.howtogeek.com/244539/how-to-disable-the-action-center-in-windows-10/

You can always control your notifications. Observe which program or service is causing a lot of notifications that annoy you, simply disable them.

HTH!
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Okay, but is it possible to stop this feature of Action Center?  I'd like to check it when I want to, but not have it popping open when my mouse pointer wanders near it.
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I'll read the articles, thanks.
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I have to get other things done, but I haven't seen anything specific to stopping the pop-out behavior. I've disabled notifications for apps to see if that helps. It doesn't. Action Center just popped out when I started typing this message.
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I think the issue is that the pop-out behavior is not what's supposed to happen.  The whole side panel shouldn't pop out, even for new notifications. Only if you click on the notification center icon in the notification tray, use the keyboard shortcut Windows + A, or swipe left from the right side of a tablet, should it pop out:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/5084/windows-10-tip-manage-notifications

This post indicates that one person experienced an issue with a stuck "Windows" key causing it to pop out every time they typed an "A" on their keyboard. Getting a new keyboard or disabling Windows keyboard shortcuts should fix it:
http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/55951-action-center-pops-up-clicking-keyboard.html
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa460734%28v=winembedded.5%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
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No, I'm not inadvertently using a keyboard shortcut.  I'm running Win 10 in a VM on a MacBook Pro.  When I use the laptop's trackpad to move the pointer around, the Action Center pops out, seemingly at random.  I'm not touching keys when it happens.

I appreciate everyone's help, and apologize for not getting back to this sooner.
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Which VM software are you using? Which version? It could be a feature or bug in the VM software causing the issue.

On a touchscreen, swiping inwards from the right screen border will cause the Action Cener to pop up. Maybe the VM is emulating a touch screen and mimicking a swipe when you move in and out of the VM?
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I'm running Parallels. Tablet Mode is disabled. Wouldn't this prevent touchscreen behavior?
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Parallels Desktop 11?

I found this in the release notes:
When running Windows 10, the Action Center has an icon in the OS X Menu Bar, so you
won’t miss messages from Windows

Also found this:
http://kb.parallels.com/en/123410
Resolves an issue with accidental sticky keys in OS X virtual machines

Finally, found this where someone else had the same issue as you:
https://forum.parallels.com/threads/disable-swipe-opening-windows-10-action-center.330058/

It turns out there's an "enable swipe from edges" option in Parallels, as this guide for V9 shows:
http://download.parallels.com/desktop/v9/ga/docs/en_US/Parallels%20Desktop%20User's%20Guide/33243.htm

This guide says it's still available in V11, although it says it only works for Windows 8. So either the guide is incorrect, or maybe you upgraded a Win8 VM to Win10:
http://download.parallels.com/desktop/v11/docs/en_US/Parallels%20Desktop%20User's%20Guide.pdf
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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On a touchscreen, swiping inwards from the right screen border will cause the Action Cener to pop up. Maybe the VM is emulating a touch screen and mimicking a swipe when you move in and out of the VM? The MAC trackpad emulates a touch screen with maybe 4 touch points. So the user must be activating the left swipe.   Wish he had mentioned that he was running in a VM on a MAC right off the top.
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