A Large-Screen Interface and Filters for Notifications

Now, you can filter notifications to see what you want to see, when you want to see it.

A few months ago we released a new notifications interface on WordPress.com — we made notifications faster and created a more unified visual experience to match what users see in the iOS and Android apps. Today, we’re releasing filters for notifications and a new design for large-screen desktops, both of which will help make managing your notifications easier and more efficient.


There may be times when you want to see only a certain type of notification, such as just comments or just likes. You can now use the brand-new filter bar to do just that:

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The notifications filter bar

We’ve included filters for Unread, Comments, Follows, and Likes. The Unread filter comes in really handy to make sure you’ve responded to notifications on your site that you may have missed! When you’re ready to view all of the notifications together again, just click back to the All tab.

A two-panel interface for large screens

We’ve also added a great new interface for users on web browsers with large screens. Click on a notification, and you’ll see a detail view slide out in a separate panel, so that you can still view your notifications list and browse to the next one easily:

Two-column Notifications

Two-column notifications

You can still use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the panel on desktop browsers as well, so make sure to take advantage of that to become a notifications power user!

Both of these improvements arose from user feedback — thanks so much for continuing to share your thoughts on how to make the WordPress.com experience the best it can be.

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  1. kasturika

    Is this a new feature? I’ve been seeing it on my dashboard for quite some time.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Andrew

    Loving all the updates to the notifications. Looking good on all my devices and browsers.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. gogi6666

    I personally enjoy this novelty, I find it easy to use and it shows the most important notifications in a handy and efficient manner. It seems quite orderly and nothing too much is there. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Merry Hearts Medicine

    I was thrilled when the two-panel, large screen interface popped up on my computer! It is easier and more efficient for me to scroll through my notifications now — thanks!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Mikel H

    Very Nice looking, I like the interface a lot better than the old one. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Dennis

    I wonder how you define large screen… it’s still tiny on my 1680×1050 screen. I will continue to use the classic dashboard and stats page. The new UI does still look like a mobile UI.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    I really like the interface! So much more efficient!

    Liked by 4 people

  8. bygeorge

    Tried to post a blog yesterday – did not receive command to size the photo and ended up with a small image – what happened to the interface?

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Melene McAlmont

    Please can WordPress give us notifications of shares –what’s being shared and to what platform. Probably wishful thinking.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. Jean

    Interesting. Certainly would be a great timesaver for those who manage reader-busy blogs, especially blogs managed by organizations.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Darlene Dranda

    Keep those important upgrades coming!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. John Robinson

    GREAT new additions! LOVE the changes!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. TopInteresting

    New time saving “two panel interface” made the notifications area perfect. It looks so nice. Thanks WordPress for everything. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  14. cody

    How do I enable this new feature?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Dan

      No need to enable anything, you should see the Filters up at the top of the notifications panel. If you are on a desktop browser, you should see the two-panel interface once you click on a notification.

      Liked by 3 people

  15. aprilreinz

    I am new to WordPress. I used this today love it so easy too

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Carla Doria

    Just discovered this feature and its shortcuts, I love it!

    Liked by 4 people

  17. Suzanne

    I use Notifications to read and reply to comments. Sometimes its easy to scroll through all the notifications using the mouse and vertical slider bar which opens on the right hand side of the screen. (I don’t know the technical term for this). Other times this bar does not appear. I can’t figure out why it pops up sometimes and not others. Its annoying
    – this comment probably is too because I lack the technical expertise to explain the problem very well. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  18. dilmilgaya.com

    I noticed this feature this month & found it very useful. Thank you WP, for all the fancy bells & whistles.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. KokkieH

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the two-panel notifications return. That was my single biggest problem with the new interface, so thanks for listening to our feedback.

    I still wonder why you’re trying so hard to make the website look the same as the app, though. They are two completely different platforms used, to a large extent, by two completely different subsets of users. I know Google has decreed that mobile is the new black, but that doesn’t mean we’re all just going to abandon our PCs with all the advanced features that platform offers.

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  20. Sammy D.

    I still wish you’d figure out how to let us see the comment we are replying to while we are typing our reply. Or at least a way to click back to it without losing the portion of our reply we’ve already typed.

    Or instruct me if there already is a way to do this.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. pattyzavon

    Love the new features – keep ’em coming! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Robin Vansal

    Good one there! WordPress rocks…

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Akash Vansal

    Thanks for the update! I hope you guys keep rolling out fantastic updates that aren’t only visually appealing but also ones we can make use of. Sincere Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Nomzi Kumalo

    Wonderful and thank you Dan. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  25. umashankar

    While I am still settling down with the recent interface, can we have the option of forwarding blog-post notifications to an alternate email id?

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Fotocopy Rawamangun

    Thanks for the update. Good to know.

    Liked by 2 people

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