OS X Mavericks: Change Notification Center preferences

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Change Notification Center preferences

Change the apps that use Notification Center or change how an app’s notifications appear in Notification Center.

To change an app’s preferences, in Notifications preferences, select the app on the left, then change the preferences on the right.

Option Description

Do Not Disturb

Turn on Do Not Disturb during a specific time, when the display is sleeping, or when mirroring to TVs and projectors.

Also, select to receive certain FaceTime calls or repeated calls when Do Not Disturb is on.

In and Not In Notification Center lists

Apps in the In Notification Center list appear in Notification Center and can be set to send you alerts.

To remove an app, drag it to the Not In Notification Center list.

Share Button(s)

See share buttons in Notification Center.

Share Button(s) appears in the In Notification Center list when you set up sharing accounts, such as Messages, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Sort Notification Center

Sort apps in Notification Center manually or by time.

Manually: Reorder apps by dragging them up or down in the In Notification Center list.

By time: Apps are listed based on notification times.

App options


Alert style

Select a style for the app’s notifications.

None: Notifications don’t appear on your screen.

Banners: Notifications appear on your screen and disappear after a while.

Alerts: Notifications stay on your screen until you dismiss them.

Show notifications when display is off or locked

Get alerts when your display is off or your Mac is locked.

Show message preview (if available)

If you choose “when unlocked,” message previews appear in notifications only when your Mac isn’t locked. If you choose “always,” message previews always appear in notifications.

For example, if you choose “always” for Mail, you will always see a portion of the message you received in the Mail notification.

Show in Notification Center

Choose how many of the app’s recent notifications to list.

Badge app icon

Let the app show the number of notifications on its Dock icon.

Play sound for notifications

Let the app play notification sounds.

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015