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

    Jan
    2 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

    2 months ago

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

    Nate
    2 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!

    2 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
    2 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.

    2 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
    1 week 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

    1 week 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.

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