How To Get the Most From the Notification Center

The Notification Center appears on the right side of your Mac's screen and contains lots of useful information. To get the most from it, you should take the time to customize both the Today view and Notifications view. Eliminating notifications you don't care about and learning how to use the Today view widgets will help you get more from this useful macOS feature.

Comments: 12 Responses to “How To Get the Most From the Notification Center”

    Diego Tozzi
    4 months ago

    Ciao GHERY SEI UN GRANDE, TI SEGUO DA POCO E STO IMPARANDO TANTO NEI TUOI VIDEO.OGNI TUA PRESENTAZIONE C’E SEMPRE QUALCOSA DI NUOVO. IO HO SOLO UN PROBLEMA CHE NEL SEGUIRTI PER CAPIRE I TUOI TUTORIAL HO UN PO DI DIFFICOLTÀ DATO CHE NON HO UN INGLESE COSI FLORIDO E QUINDI DEVO RIVEDERLI PIU’ VOLTE. CIAO

    joe juliano
    4 months ago

    Im on 10.14.6 Mojave and this doesn’t to work for me. I want to add mail to the notifications center but the drag and arrange do not work as you show it in the vid.
    I am not ready for the jump to Catalina, so this must be for Catalina.
    Thank you for your tutorials

    Ian Leckie
    4 months ago

    Thanks for this, Gary, I learned a few things I didn’t know! One problem…in the weather widget, when I click on a city, Safari opens but I don’t get directed to the Weather Channel. Instead I get a blank page with “Oops! We are having trouble finding your page. Please try again…” No Weather Channel! Is there a way of setting the correct URL? If I manually enter weather.com the site works fine. I’m running 10.14.6 on an iMac. Thanks!

    Bruce Peck
    4 months ago

    How do I adjust Notification Center preferences so that every time I turn on the computer, Do Not Disturb is set to off? Right now I have to turn it off daily. Thank you!

    4 months ago

    Bruce: Go into System Preferences, Notifications and set the time for DND to something like from 12:01 pm to 12:00 pm. Then it will pretty much always be on, except when you manually switch it off.

    4 months ago

    Ian: Not sure why that would be. Perhaps the site changed since the release of Mojave and Catalina has the right URL. Otherwise, there’s not much you can do about it.

    Barb
    4 months ago

    I don’t have an edit button.

    Terry T
    4 months ago

    I was getting notifications from websites in addition to Apps. To turn these off/on I had to go to Safari preferences –>Websites –> notifications and then Allow/Deny. I also get the same results as Ian posted related to weather. I found that clicking on the time above the city name will open the list vs. the city name which opens a URL in error.

    Bruce Peck
    4 months ago

    Hi again Gary: I tried what you suggested, and it did not work. Each morning when I turn on my 2018 MacBook Air, the Notification Center is greyed out. I have to go into System Preferences and turn off the Do Not Disturb button. What do I do so that the Notification Center is on every time I turn on the computer? Thank you!

    4 months ago

    Bruce: I’m confused by your last reply. You said “Each morning when I turn on my 2018 MacBook Air, the Notification Center is greyed out.” That means Do Not Disturb is ON. In your last sentence that is what you say you want.

    Bruce Peck
    4 months ago

    I want Do Not Disturb to be off each time I turn the computer on. Right now, I am having to turn it off manually with the button. I also am a bit confused!! Sorry

    4 months ago

    Bruce: That’s how it works by default. But now that you have played with the scheduling… what time do you normally get to your computer in the morning? Let’s say it is 9 a.m. Then just schedule it to turn ON at some point before that (5 p.m., 10 p.m., 1 a.m., whenever you want). Then turn OFF before you use it, like 7 a.m. or 8:55 a.m.
    Another note: Are you actually shutting down your Mac every night? You should let it sleep, not shut it off. See https://macmost.com/a-beginners-guide-to-whether-to-shut-down-or-sleep-your-mac.html

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