Dismiss Desktop Notifications in OS X Immediately with a Swipe

Sep 5, 2012 - 2 Comments

Dismiss Notification Center Alerts in Mac OS X with a  swipe

Want to quickly dismiss a desktop notification without opening Notification Center in OS X? It’s easy, just hover over the notification with the cursor and use a two-fingered swipe gesture from left to right, swiping the alert to where Notification Center appears, and the alert will quickly zip away in a blur.

This gesture doesn’t close the notification, it just moves it off of the desktop and stops it from hovering over everything else on the screen. You will still be able to find it with all other alerts by opening Notification Center manually on the Mac.

Remember, if you get tired of the desktop notifications you can always temporarily disable the service by option-clicking the menu bar icon so it turns from black to grey, effectively turning off all notifications for a 24 hour period (yes, the notifications will still show up in the panel if the service is off temporarily, they just won’t interfere with your desktop or apps).

For those who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll find this to be very similar to the way dismissing notifications in iOS works by swiping onscreen too.

This ice little trick comes to us from Lifehacker.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Mike says:

    I’ve noticed that if I do this, the notification comes back at a later time, almost as if swiping postpones the message instead of dismissing it. Not sure if it has something to do with another app I have set up, but after it reappears if I click ‘close’ then it is gone for good and doesn’t redisplay itself.

  2. Carlos says:

    If it says close then is an alert type notification and by swiping you snooze it.

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