Open Notification Center with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Mountain Lion
Notification Center can be summoned either with a click of the menu bar item or a two-fingered swipe left on a trackpad, but you can also set a custom keyboard shortcut to see your notifications or alerts.
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose “Keyboard”
- Click the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab and select “Mission Control”
- Locate “Show Notification Center” and click to the right of the text to enter an input box, then hit the keyboard shortcut you want to assign to open Notification Center
- Test it out to confirm the shortcut works, then quit out of System Preferences
F8 is a good key shortcut to assign for Notification Center since it doesn’t serve a use otherwise outside of iTunes, but you can set it to whatever you want, just be sure it doesn’t conflict with another keyboard shortcut that you use often. You can also assign multiple keystrokes to see the notifications if you want.
As a Mac user who tends to spend a lot of time in Terminal and typing in general, I find keyboard shortcuts to be much faster than using touchpad gestures or the mouse to click the icon.
Now that Notification Center is part of both OS X and iOS it’s more useful than ever, check out some more tips on the topic if you’re interested.