In this article, we have gathered some tricks that make working with the Mac Notification Center (macOS) more convenient and productive. Perhaps even after reading this material you will often use it.
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How do I enable the Do Not Disturb feature?
Surely many owners of the iPhone and iPad use the Do Not Disturb feature in manual or automatic mode. Did you know that the same function is present in macOS?
In order to activate it, just hold down the key ⌥Option (Alt) and tap on the notification center icon located in the upper right corner in the menu bar. The icon will immediately fade, and when you open the Notification Center, you will see the activated mode toggle switch “Do not disturb”which will automatically turn off the next day. No more notifications will not bother you.
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How to enable the Night Shift feature in the Notification Center?
Tumbler switch “Night Shift” (available on macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and later) is next to the switch “Do not disturb” (in detail).
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Fine-tuning the notification center
To go to the deep settings of the Notification Center, just open → System Settings … → Notifications.
Here you can work with the Do Not Disturb function and adjust the order and format of interaction between the Notification Center and Mac applications installed.
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How to quickly open the Notification Center
If you are used to using keyboard shortcuts to enable certain functions and are not the proud owner of a MacBook (the Notification Center opens with a special gesture on the trackpad) or Magic Trackpad, we will tell you how to launch the Notification Center using shortcuts.
Open → System Settings … → Mission control and click on the “Active angles“. Next, select a convenient angle, hold any combination of keys on the keyboard (for example, ⇧ + ⌘) and add the menu item “Notification Center” to it.
From now on, it’s enough to hold down the ⇧ + ⌘ key combination and move the cursor to the selected corner, as the Notification Center will open immediately.
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In most cases, the Notification Center is opened not for the sake of the notifications themselves, but for the sake of widgets that can be added there. In order to view the list of available widgets, just open the Notification Center and click the “Edit” (at the bottom).
On the right side, all installed widgets will be displayed, and the App Store button will appear at the bottom, clicking on which a virtual store window with little helpers will appear.
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By opening the tab “Notifications»In the Notification Center, you can see the entire list of incoming events.
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How to set popup notification delay time
If you set up the display of some notifications in banner format, then you probably caught yourself thinking that they were hiding very quickly. You can change the banner display time using the services of the Terminal.
To make the banner display time, for example, 15 seconds, enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.notificationcenterui bannerTime 15
In the same way, you can individually change the number of seconds.
To return to the default settings, enter the following commands:
defaults delete com.apple.notificationcenterui bannerTime
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Create your own notifications
Pop-up banners of the Notification Center are coolly pumped using a special utility that is loaded into the macOS system with the following command activated in the Terminal:
sudo gem install terminal-notifier
After installing it, you will have access to a whole list of programming commands, a list of which can be viewed on the project page.