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Dismiss Desktop Notifications in OS X Immediately with a Swipe

Sep 5, 2012 - 2 Comments

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.

Arrange Notification Center by Time in OS X

Aug 26, 2012 - Leave a Comment

The default setting for Notification Center in both OS X and iOS is to sort alerts from apps manually, a setting which doesn’t make much sense if you use Notifications as a timeline of events and want the most recent always on top. Fortunately, changing Notification Center to arrange alerts by time is as simple … Read More

Open Notification Center Quickly with a Hot Corner in OS X

Aug 14, 2012 - 4 Comments

Hot Corners are a great feature of Mac OS X that let you instantly enable things like the screen saver, sleep, the lock screen, LaunchPad, Dashboard, Mission Control, and new with Mountain Lion, Notification Center. The advantage to using Hot Corners are their speediness, since you only have to swipe the mouse cursor into a … Read More

Show a “Now Playing” Song Notification from iTunes in OS X Notification Center

Aug 13, 2012 - 16 Comments

Previous versions of Mac OS X allowed you to see a “Now Playing” notification pop up over the iTunes Dock icon, the alert showed the song and artist name anytime a track switched and is a really popular tweak. It turns out that hidden feature is missing from OS X Mountain Lion, but with the … Read More

Turn Off Notification Center in OS X Temporarily

Aug 10, 2012 - 7 Comments

Looking for some temporary peace and quiet from alerts and notifications but don’t want to completely disable Notification Center on your Mac? There are two quick ways to temporarily hush all notifications in OS X, both methods last until the next day before automatically resuming:

Disable Notification Center & Remove the Menu Bar Icon in OS X

Aug 6, 2012 - 49 Comments

Notification Center is a great addition to OS X but not everyone likes it, sometimes just muting the alert sounds and turning banners and alert pop-ups off per-app is just not enough, and you may want to disable the entire notification system completely. Furthermore, if you don’t use Notifications on the Mac then you probably … Read More

Open Notification Center with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Mountain Lion

Aug 5, 2012 - 6 Comments

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 … Read More

Send an Alert to Notification Center from the Command Line in OS X

Aug 3, 2012 - 17 Comments

Using an excellent third party tool called terminal-notifier, you can post alerts and messages to Notification Center directly from the command line. This has a myriad of potentially valid uses, but one fantastic use-case is along the same veins of verbally announcing when a command has completed or sending a badge alert, but instead posting … Read More

Mute Notification Center Alert Sounds in Mac OS X

Jul 31, 2012 - 3 Comments

Notification Center is a great addition to OS X, but the alert sounds coming in with each banner notification from a million and one different Mac apps and updates can be pretty annoying fairly quickly, particularly if you have a lot going on. Rather than muting all system audio to hush the constant chiming, you … Read More

See the 6 Day Weather Forecast Quickly on iPhone from Notification Center

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments

Want to see what the weather is going to be like for the next 6 days? You can quickly see the weeks forecast showing conditions with high and low temperatures directly from Notification Center on iPhone: From the homescreen, swipe down from the top of the screen to summon Notification Center Swipe left (or right) … Read More

Send Growl Notifications to Notification Center in OS X 10.8 with Hiss

Feb 20, 2012 - 6 Comments

Make OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion‘s new Notification Center feature instantly more useful by grabbing Hiss, a free application that sends apps Growl notifications directly to Mountain Lion’s desktop notification panel. There’s not much more to the app than that, but nonetheless it’s a great utility and worth downloading for those who are using the … Read More

Add or Remove Apps from Notification Center in iOS

Nov 14, 2011 - 7 Comments

You can quickly add or remove any items from showing up in Notification Center in iOS through the central system settings. This isn’t the same method as disabling an item like the stock ticker, but it’s faster if you want to adjust several apps at once and quickly determine what appears in Notification Center screen … Read More

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