macOS High Sierra

Use Notification Center

Notification Center lets you view details about your day—appointments, weather, birthdays, even a summary of what you have planned for tomorrow—and catch up on notifications you missed.

To open Notification Center, click its icon in the menu bar, or swipe left with two fingers from the right edge of the trackpad.

Today view showing weather and world clocks. Click the Notifications tab to see missed notifications.

Tip: To customize or stop notifications, click the Notifications preferences icon in the bottom-right corner of Notification Center.

See your day at a glance

In Notification Center, click Today, then do any of the following:

  • Get details: Click an item in a widget. For example, click an item in the Weather widget to show the hourly and five-day forecasts. Or click an item in the Calendar widget to open the item in the Calendar app.

  • Take action: Click a widget item or its checkbox. For example, click an icon in the Social widget to post your latest news to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Messages. Or click a reminder’s checkbox to complete it.

  • Customize a widget: Move the pointer over the widget, then click the Info button that appears.

  • Reorder widgets: Click Edit at the bottom of Today view, then drag a widget up or down.

  • Add or remove widgets: Click Edit (or the new widget count, if shown) at the bottom of Today view. To add an available widget, click the Add button . To remove a widget, click the Remove button ; the widget is moved to the list of available widgets.

  • Get more widgets: Click Edit at the bottom of Today view, click App Store, then buy or download widgets. For more information about buying and downloading items, see Find, buy, and download apps.

If you don’t see an expected account in the Social widget, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Extensions, click Share Menu, then select the account. Only accounts that allow posting or messaging appear in Today view.

Open Extensions preferences for me

See missed notifications

In Notification Center, click Notifications, then do any of the following:

  • Get details: Click a notification to see the item in the associated app. For example, click a Mail notification to see the email in Mail. When you open an item, it’s removed from Notifications view.

  • Remove notifications: For a day, click the Clear button . For an individual notification, move the pointer over it, then click the button.

You can quickly turn the following options on or off in Notification Center—just swipe down, then click the button.

  • When you turn on Night Shift, it stays on until midnight, sunrise, the next scheduled time to turn off (based on settings in Night Shift preferences), or you turn it off.

  • When you turn on Do Not Disturb, it stays on until midnight, the next scheduled time to turn off (based on settings in Notifications preferences), or you turn it off.

    When Do Not Disturb is on, the Notification Center icon in the menu bar is dimmed. You don’t see or hear notifications arrive; they are collected in Notification Center where you can view them later.