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Change the Notification Center Background Pattern in Mac OS X

May 2, 2013 - 1 Comment
Notification Center wallpaper background before and after being replaced in OS X

Tired of seeing that linen wallpaper in the background of Notification Center of OS X? You can change that linen pattern to something else, giving a nice customized appearance to the Notifications panel when you’re checking alerts on the Mac. There are actually two ways to swap out the Notifications background, the harder manual way … Read More

How to Remove “Tap to Tweet” & “Tap to Post” from Notification Center in iOS

Apr 29, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Tap to Tweet button in Notification Center of iOS

Notification Center in iOS has both Twitter and Facebook integration and the ability to post to either service with a “Tap to Tweet” and “Tap to Post” button. On the iPad and iPhone these are accessed with the rest of Notifications by using a downward swiping gesture from the top of the screen. If you’d … Read More

Disable the Red Badge Alerts on Dock Icons in Mac OS X

Apr 29, 2013 - 1 Comment
Disable badge app icons in Mac OS X

The little red badges that appear on app icons stored in the Mac OS X Dock are intended to provide a quick alert and overview of some important notification pertaining to the respective app. Whether it’s the new unread email count, new iMessages, a Calendar event, unfinished Reminders, missed FaceTime calls, or any other number … Read More

Change the Notification Center Alert Sound in Mac OS X

Mar 21, 2013 - 8 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 RSS.app

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 “RSS.app”, it’s a lightweight … Read More

How to Restart Notification Center in Mac OS X

Sep 18, 2012 - 11 Comments
Restart Notification Center in Mac OS X

Notification Center in Mac OS X is great but it can act up every once in a while and either stop updating completely, alerts may not comet through, widgets may not load, or the entire thing can freeze up and become inaccessible. If you encounter any such issue with Notifications in OS X, or modifications … Read More

Dismiss Desktop Notifications in Mac OS X Immediately with a Swipe

Sep 5, 2012 - 6 Comments
Dismiss Notification Center Alerts in Mac OS X with a swipe

Want to quickly dismiss a desktop notification without opening Notification Center in Mac 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 and off your Mac desktop … Read More

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 Mac 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 … Read More

Open Notification Center Quickly with a Hot Corner in Mac 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 Mac OS X Temporarily

Aug 10, 2012 - 9 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 Mac OS X, silencing and stopping both the pop-up alerts and sound effects with the notifications, these two methods last until the … Read More

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

Aug 6, 2012 - 66 Comments
Disable Notification Center and remove the icon from the menu bar in Mac OS X

Notification Center is a great addition to Mac 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 … Read More

Open Notification Center with a Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X

Aug 5, 2012 - 6 Comments
Keyboard shortcut to open Notification Center

Want to open Notification Center with a keystroke on the Mac? It can be done by setting up a custom keyboard shortcut. Typically Notification Center of Mac OS X can be summoned either with a click of the menu bar item in the upper right corner, or a two-fingered swipe left on a trackpad, but … Read More

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

Aug 3, 2012 - 21 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 - 11 Comments
Mute Notification Center alert sounds in OS X

Notification Center is a great addition to Mac 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, … Read More

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

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
See the weather forecast on iPhone in Notification Center

Want to see what the weather is going to be like for the next 6 days?

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

Feb 20, 2012 - 6 Comments
Growl to Notifications Center

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 - 4 Comments
Add or Remove Apps in Notification Center

You can quickly add or remove any items from showing up in Notification Center in iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by modifying your allowed apps 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 … Read More

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