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OS X Tip: Managing Notification Center

Notification Center is an amazing tool if you sit at your Mac throughout the day. You can manage multiple tools such as Twitter, iMessage, Mail etc. But, with all of those great notifications, it can get clunky and easily overwhelm most users.
The tool itself is easily setup and managed which is it’s key to success.

Today we want to show you all how to manage Notification Center, basically set it and forget it!

But before we get started, do you know what the Notification Center is? It is Apple’s latest offering from iOS that they have brought over into OS X. It allows you to be notified of certain updates from apps you choose.

To get started, we need to know where this little tool is located and how to get to it. The top right corner of your screen, right next to your Spotlight magnifying glass is the Notification Center.


You can click the icon (as seen above) and it opens the Notification Center. By default you should not have any new notifications. At the bottom of your Notification Center you have a little gear icon. This is your settings app. Click on this to open the brains behind the Notification Center.

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The Notification Center provides you a visual list of the apps in AND out of the Notification Center. To go through all of the settings will help you to better understand how to control this new functionality and to keep it under control.

Per app, as seen above, you have a few options to setup as you like. Just like in iOS, you can setup alerts to come in the form of a Banner, an Alert with action buttons or none at all.

You also can control how many items you see in Notification Center, a Badge icon update, just like on your iPhone or iPad when you receive a mail message etc. And of coarse for those of us who love annoying dings, you can play a sound when receiving notifications.

As stated earlier you can add or delete apps from the Notification Center by dragging and dropping the app name below the line that says “Not in Notification Center”.

Applications that support notifications will automatically be added to the Notification Center tool. Tweetbot, arguably the best Twitter client out there is supported and many many other apps.

So there you have it, a quick and dirty walkthrough of managing Notification Center in OS X.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, we will gladly help in any way we can.

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