The messaging center was added to the Mac with the release of OS X Mountain Lion in the summer of 2012 and was intended to be a staple of push services that threatened to overcome users with uncontrolled messages appearing everywhere, or at least so it worked.
The message center unified how messages are handled, displayed, and controlled by the user. It does such a good job of containing and controlling messages that some users may not be aware of how to exercise control over the service.
In this Rocket Yard guide, we look at how to use Mac's Notification Center.
Access to the alert center
The message center is located along the right side of the screen. Usually, the message center is hidden from not recording real estate, but you can quickly access it using one of these techniques:
The message center contains a menu bar icon at the bottom right of the menu bar. If you click or point to the icon, the message center panel will slide out or return to the hidden state.
You can also use the Mission Control & # 39; s Hot Corner feature to select a corner to activate the notification center automatically when you move the cursor to that corner:
Start System Preferences and select the Command Management pane.
Click or press the Hot Corners button.
A sheet will fall down, with a drop-down menu placed in each corner of an image on the desktop.
Select the corner you want to use by clicking or tap
Click the OK button when done.
Manage widgets and Today tab
Today tab is where active message center widgets appear. Widgets are usually extensions that allow apps you have installed on your Mac to view additional information, via the Announcement Center tab today. Some examples of widgets you are likely to use, or at least come across, are Weather, Calendar, Social Media, and iTunes.
You can add, remove, and rearrange Today tab widgets:
Open the Notification Center Use one of the methods described above and select the Today tab.
The red circle icons are used to remove a widget, while the green circle icons are used to add a widget to Today's fan.
Press the Edit button at the bottom of the Today tab.
- Remove widgets: Widgets present in the Today tab will have a minus sign within a red circle. Clicking on the minus sign associated with a widget removes it from the active Today tab and returns it to the list of available widgets.
- Add widgets: The list of available widgets appears in the right-hand pane. Each widget will have a plus sign within a green circle. Clicking the plus sign adds the widget to the active widgets that appear in the Today tab.
- Reorganize widgets : You can rearrange active widgets by capturing a widget at the title bar and dragging it to a new position in the active widget list.
Adding New Widgets to the Notification Center
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The App Store has a collection of message center widgets that you can add to Mac
To add more widgets, open Notification Sent and select the Today tab.
Select the Edit button at the bottom of the tab today.
Click or tap the App Store button at the bottom.
The App Store will launch and display all the messaging tools available.
If you add a widget, it will appear in the Notification Center notification list, where you can add it to the Today tab (see Add widgets above).
Managing alerts and alerts
We've looked at how to access the Alert Center as well as work on the tab today. This leaves the Notification tab, and how to view and customize alerts, and how to temporarily keep alerts generated.
Alerts come in three basic styles: Banner, Alerts and None, which essentially notify alerts for the selected service. Message systems are provided for each service that uses the messaging center; This allows you to use a style for Email Alerts, another for Messages and to turn off alerts for another.
Alert Alert pane lets you customize how alerts are delivered.  To customize how messages are handled, follow these steps:
Start System Preferences, from the Dock or from the Apple menu.
Select Settings preferences.
The Settings window The window is divided into two primary areas. In the left sidebar, each of the individual services that want to use the notification center is shown, and in the right pane is shown how messages are handled for the selected service.
To customize how messages are handled, select the service you want to customize from the sidebar.
Select alert notification style:
- None: Turns off alerts from being displayed for the selected service.
- Banners: Displays alerts as temporary banners that appear in the upper right of the screen. Banners go away shortly, requiring no user action to reject them.
- Warnings: Alerts appear along the right side of the screen and are held in place until you perform them. Notifications can contain multiple buttons to start an action, but the most common is a Close button to reject the alert.
In addition to selecting an alert style, you can also specify the following alert parameters:
- Show lock screen notifications: Messages received while the Mac fell asleep will be displayed on the lock / login screen.
- View alert preview: A message may include a preview, usually a slightly descriptive text about the notification you received. A good example is the subject line of an email message, which can be displayed as a preview from the Mail app that sends an alert. If you chose to display notifications on the lock screen (see above), a drop-down menu will also appear that lets you choose whether previews appear on the lock screen. Remember that Mac's lock / logon screen can be seen by anyone who has access to your Mac.
- View in notification center: If you select this option, it will be possible to display the notification in the alert center alerts tab. Objects in the notification tab are displayed for seven days.
- Brand Tag icon: When checked, the number of notifications sent by an app can be displayed in the Dock icon.
- Play sound for alerts: ] Allows the app to play a notification sound.
The last customization option available in the Notification Preferences panel applies to all items in the Notifications tab.
Notification Center Sort Order: Allows you to select one of the following from the drop-down menu as the sorting method to be used in the Messages tab:
- Updates: Messages are sorted by time, with the most recent message displayed first.
- Recovering by app: Messages are grouped by apps, with the app having the latest message that appears first.
- Manually by the App: Messages are grouped by the app and the apps are sorted as they are listed in the Preferences preferences panel.
Do your selections; Changes will take effect immediately.
The Message Center helps you stay informed while using Mac, but disadvantages are all those alerts can be annoying when you are busy with work or games, especially if a deadline is approaching or a high score is within reach.
You can customize the Do not disturb settings in the Preferences preferences panel. You can also access the Notification Center with a click or press the button marked in red.
The non-interference function of the notification center will hide all banners and alerts and set kibosh on any playable alert sounds. There are several ways to enable the Do Not Disturb feature, but the best place to start is at the source, in System Preferences, where you can configure the settings:
Start System Preferences, from the Dock or Apple menu, and then select Preferences Preferences window.
In the settings panel sidebar, select Do not disturb the item (you may need to scroll to find it, it is at the top of the list). The Do Not Disturb setting will be displayed in the right pane.
You can schedule when Do Not Disturb will be automatically activated; at the time of the day, during sleep, or when the mirror is on the screen. You can also choose how calls are handled when Do Not Disturb is turned on.
To turn Do not disturb on or off from the preview pane, click or tap the large icon in the upper right. The message center will be opened with the Do Not Disturb switch displayed at the top. Click or press the switch to turn Do not disturb on or off.
Using the Pre-Change Notification Path to Do Not Disturb is at best unpleasant. There are a few quicker ways to achieve the same results:
Open the Notification Center by clicking or pressing the icon in the menu bar.
Swipe or scroll down to reveal the Do Not Disturb switch.
Click or press the switch to switch to the Do Not Disturb state.
Our latest method of switching Do not disturb is the fastest of them all:
Hold down the Option key and click or tap the Alert Center icon in the menu bar.
Tip: The alert center icon in the menu bar appears gray when Do Not Disturb is active.
Messages listed under the Messages tab can be removed from the list:
To remove messages, open the Message Center and verify that the Messages tab is selected. Alerts can be removed by date or by the app, depending on how the sort order is set.
Click or tap the X icon at the far right of each category (date or app group).
Use the highlighted Xs to remove alerts from groups.
Sometimes, apps you've removed from your Mac will still appear in the Settings Settings sidebar. These orphaned apps can be removed from the sidebar by selecting the app, then selecting Delete or Backspace on the keyboard.
Warning : Deleting apps from the sidebar, which is still installed on Mac, will not prevent these apps from sending messages. Instead, set the notification style to None and uncheck Show in Notification Center.