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OS X Mavericks: Get notifications in one place

Get notifications in one place

Notification Center lets you see what’s up. And now, with OS X Mavericks, you can also:

  • Respond to email, messages, or FaceTime calls right from a notification.

  • Get notifications from websites even when Safari isn’t open.

  • Choose when you want software updates to be installed.

  • Set Do Not Disturb preferences. For example, set Do Not Disturb to turn on automatically when the display is sleeping or when you’re mirroring your screen. Do Not Disturb turns on automatically when your Mac is in Presentation mode.

  • Get notifications even when you’re away (when your display is asleep or locked). You’ll see all the notifications you missed when you get back.

Image of Notification Center and alerts

  • Notification Center:
    Option Description
    Open Notification Center from anywhere: Click the Notification Center icon on the right side of the menu bar. Or, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge of your trackpad.
    Share items to accounts (such as Messages, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn): Open Notification Center, then click the account’s Share button.

    To see a Share button, set up the account, then make sure Share Button is in the In Notification Center list in Notifications preferences.

    Set up iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet accounts

  • Notifications:
    Option Description
    See more about a notification: Click Show in an alert. Or, open Notification Center, then click a notification.
    Respond to email, messages, or FaceTime calls: For email and messages, click Reply in the alert.

    For FaceTime calls, click Accept or Decline in the alert. You can also click Reply with Message to instead reply using the Messages app.

    Choose when to update software: Click Later in the alert, then choose a time.

    Keep your Mac up to date

    Repeat an alert: Click Snooze in the alert.

    The alert reappears fifteen minutes later.

  • Do Not Disturb (stop alerts and notification sounds):
    Option Description
    Turn it on temporarily: Open Notification Center, scroll to the top, then click OFF.

    The slider switches to ON.

    Turn it on for a set period of time: In Notifications preferences, select Do Not Disturb on the left, then select when to turn it on.
Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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