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How to use Notification Center on a Mac

Apple’s MacOS provides notifications that pop up in the upper-right corner of the display. These can be for new email messages, appointment reminders, task reminders, and app-specific notifications. If you don’t respond to a notification immediately, then it hides but doesn’t completely go away.

The Notification Center provides quick access to these active notifications, as well as to a customizable collection of handy widgets. Using the Notification Center to manage notifications and use widgets is quick and easy.

Contents

  • Open and close the Notification Center
  • Manage notifications in the Notification Center
  • Manage widgets in Notification Center

Difficulty

Easy




Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • MacOS


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Open and close the Notification Center

There are two methods for opening and closing the Notification Center.

Step 1: To open the Notification Center, select the Time and date section on the menu bar or use a two-finger swiping motion away from the right side of the touchpad.

Step 2: To close the Notification Center, select the Time and date section again or use a two-finger swiping motion toward the right side of the touchpad.

Manage notifications in the Notification Center

There are several actions you can take on notifications within the Notification Center.

Step 1: As notifications arrive and aren’t dealt with, they accumulate in the Notification Center in stacks per application. To see all the notifications in a stack, simply select the top notification.


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Step 2: Select Show less to return a stack of notifications to its collapsed state. To completely close a stack of notifications, hover over the X button and select Clear all.


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Step 3: It’s possible to control an app’s notification settings from the Notification Center. If a notification has a “>” in the upper right hand corner, select it and then select the Triple-dots menu button. In the example below, you can mute the notification for an hour or an entire day or turn off the notifications completely.


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Manage widgets in Notification Center

Widgets make the Notification Center even more fun and useful. It’s easy enough to manage your widgets.

Step 1: You can manage an active widget by pressing the *Control * key and clicking the widget with your mouse or touchpad to select it. In the menu that pops up, you can select a different size, edit the widget’s properties, remove the widget, or edit all of the active widgets.


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Step 2: If you select Edit widgets, you’ll be presented with a screen that allows you to remove widgets, add new widgets, and rearrange the active widgets.


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