How To Get Notifications Under Control On Your Mac

Take control of the notifications that appear at the top right corner of your Mac's screen and in Notification Center. Learn how to use the notifications, including hidden functionality like replying text messages right from the notification. Then find out how to turn them on, off, or modify them to fit your needs.

Comments: 21 Responses to “How To Get Notifications Under Control On Your Mac”

    Jan
    11 months ago

    Thank you, so helpful. additional Q: Is there a way to allow messages on Safari BUT not when I stream or watch a movie? thx j

    11 months ago

    Jan: Turn on Do Not Disturb when you start a movie.

    Nate
    11 months ago

    My browser of choice is now Brave, but when I click on Notifications from websites I follow e.g. newswites like WashingtonPost, it forces Safari to open and then opens the website in Safari. I have tried everything I can think of to stop this and get them to open in Brave, including turning offer notification authorizations in Safari but nothing has helped. Can you suggest how I can change settings so that when I click on a Notifications it opens the website in my chosen browser Brave? Thanks!

    11 months ago

    Nate: First, check System Preferences, General for the default web browser. But even with that set, if you have simply chosen to get those notifications while in Safari, then it is Safari that is sending you those notifications and Safari that will open when you click it. So you have to go into Safari, Preferences, Websites and remove those notification permissions from Safari from the sites. Then in Brave you need to go to those sites and turn them on — assuming Brave even have that ability, I’m assuming that.

    Nancy Brodovsky
    11 months ago

    In notification – is there a way to have certain email accounts and not others? Also, how can you change the weather if it gives the wrong city.

    11 months ago

    Nancy: You can do this in Mail, Preferences, General. There is a setting for “New message notifications” and you can set it to something like Inbox only, VIPs only, or create a Smart Mailbox and only have notifications show when the message meets the criteria to be in that Smart Mailbox.

    catherine james
    9 months ago

    My notification banners are only half on my screen (mac book pro) and therefore I can’t click on them b/c the “click” options are hidden off my screen. I can’t figure out how to resize the notifications so the entire notification shows up and i’m able to take action? please help. thank you

    9 months ago

    Catherine: That shouldn’t happen.Maybe try a restart. Maybe try changing your screen’s display resolution if you have it set to something non-standard. If it persists I’d call Apple Support.

    sarah
    9 months ago

    my notifications do not respond –i cannot snooze them or close them or get details … surely something is whack, but my old macbook totally turned the choice blue and i could clikc it off. these notifications have been sitting up there in the corner a few days!!!
    thanks for help!

    sarah
    9 months ago

    aha! i restarted. all seems well. thank you!

    Ron
    9 months ago

    I have Big Sur 11.1 and when a calendar reminder comes up it appears it appears that I only have two options. (1) Dismiss or close the reminder, or (2) Hit snooze and get reminded in about 5 minutes. I just updated to Big Sur. On prior OS I was able to hold down the remind or snooze button and a menu of when I wanted to be reminded gave me many options including short and long term options. Can I do that with Big Sur 11.1?

    9 months ago

    Ron: Nope. 9 minutes is your only option. Send feedback to Apple to let them know you want more.

    Talin
    8 months ago

    If i get a text and my laptop is not unlocked i will not hear a sound, however i have set everyone in notification center on. Is this normal? How can I change this?

    8 months ago

    Talin: You probably have Do No Disturb set to do this. Look in System Preferences, Notifications, Do Not Disturb.

    John
    8 months ago

    Thanks for this, very helpful. I just upgraded to Big Sur (11.2.1). I’m getting notifications from Reminders, which I want. But I’m also getting the SAME reminder notifications from Calendar! This is new. How do I tell Calendar to stop notifying me of Reminder events.

    8 months ago

    John: Do you have both a Reminder and a Calendar event for the same thing? You’d have to go to the one you want to cancel and remove it.

    John
    8 months ago

    Gary, thanks for your prompt reply. Good question. The Reminders don’t show up in my Calendar, but Calendar is sending me notifications for them just the same. It is apparently reading the reminder time and considers it a “stealth” calendar event.

    8 months ago

    John: The Calendar app shouldn’t be showing you Reminders notifications. What are you seeing that mess you think they are from the Calendar app?

    John
    8 months ago

    Just got one. At the top is the Calendar icon and “Calendar” app name. Below that is the reminder text, “Ping Ultra” and then the date and time I set in Reminders, “Today at 4:00 PM.” I can send you a screen shot if you want.

    8 months ago

    John: Hmmm. And you don’t see that as an event in any calendar you have set up in the Calendar app? Is this “reminder” saved to iCloud, or maybe something else like Google?

    John
    8 months ago

    Well, weirdly, today the problem just … disappeared! Now I’m only getting reminder notifications from Reminders, not from Calendar. Not sure what happened — perhaps an artifact of my upgrade to Big Sur on Sunday? I’d think that maybe I imagined the problem except I still have the screenshots! At any rate, thanks so much for your kind efforts to help.

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