Notification center lets you see all incoming notifications on your Mac in one place. The notifications can be varied from email, text messages, today’s calendar appointments, Facebook updates, missed FaceTime calls, notifications from Apps etc.
The alerts are displayed on the top right corner of menu bar. They can be open by clicking on the three lines on the top right menu bar or swipe left with two fingers from the right edge of your trackpad.
Type of notifications on Mac
The notifications are displayed differently by different Apps.
Banners usually appear on upper right corner of screen just below the menu bar. They just appear for a short period and then slide off to the right side.
Alerts are similar to banners, but they don’t slide off like banners unless you take an action. The App which shows alerts will have a button included which allow the user to respond to the alert.
Badges simply shows counts. For e.g., an App Store might show a number which indicate the number of updates available for the Apps installed in your Mac.
Notification are useful and absolutely necessary to keep you informed. But these notifications can be annoying if you have too many notifications and if alerts keep coming for every event inside the Mac. This makes it important to customize notification center that suits user preference.
How to customize notification center on Mac
Go to System Preferences -> Notifications
Find the current program list on the right in the settings window.
Then select “No” under “Alert Style”. If you do, you will not get up any popup when you receive an alert from the current program.
Choose between Alerts or banners
In addition to that, you can select “No” to “Alert Style”, you can also choose from “Banners” and “Notifications”.
Want desktop alerts, but would you rather not have to click the away every time, select “Banners”. Then they will only be visible for a few seconds.
Otherwise, you can also turn off the sound that comes with warnings by removing the checkmark next to “Play sound for notifications”.
Delay forecasts only temporary
If you need to focus on an important task for a while, but have no desire to have to change the settings manually each program, it is possible to turn them off temporarily.
Then open the Notification Center, go to the “Today” tab and turn on the “Do Not Disturb”. When hidden banners and alerts, and notification sounds turned off.
“Do not disturb” function can also be switched on automatically, either for a specified period (eg at night), when the display is in sleep mode when the screen is mirrored to TV or projector.
The latter may be nice to have activated if you do not want everyone else to see your incoming messages while showing something on the big screen.