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Change the Notification Center Alert Sound in Mac OS X

Mar 21, 2013 - 5 Comments
Change Notification Center alert sound in Mac OS X

As you know, OS X plays a sound when a new Notification pops up in Notification Center. That default sound is called “Basso”, a low toned sound effect that is kind of like a short tap on a low note piano key. CultOfMac hilariously describes the sound as a “frog fart”, and if you aren’t … Read More

Get RSS Feeds in OS X Notification Center with

Oct 16, 2012 - 18 Comments
RSS feeds in Notification Center of Mac OS X

Mac OS X no longer includes a native RSS reader in Mail or Safari, something that just about no one is particularly pleased about, but a new free app brings RSS functionality back to OS X in perhaps the most logical new way: by embedding feeds into Notification Center. Aptly named “”, it’s a lightweight … Read More

How to Restart Notification Center in OS X

Sep 18, 2012 - 2 Comments
Restart Notification Center in Mac OS X

Notification Center in OS X is great but it can act up every once in a while and either stop updating completely or freeze up and become inaccessible. If you encounter any such issue, or modifications were made to Notification Center and just need to reset it, here’s all you need to do: Hit Command+Spacebar … Read More

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.

Arrange Notification Center by Time in OS X

Aug 26, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Arrange Notification Center by Time of Alert in Mac OS X

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
Enabling Notification Center via Hot Corner in OS X

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 - 17 Comments
Show a "Now Playing" song alert from iTunes in Notification Center

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
Turn Off Notification Center alerts and notifications in OS X on a temporary basis

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 - 56 Comments
Disable Notification Center and remove the icon from the menu bar in Mac OS X

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
Keyboard shortcut to open Notification Center

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 - 19 Comments
Send Alert to Notification Center in OS X

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
Mute Notification Center alert sounds in OS X

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

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