Tag Archives: Notification Center

Fix missing ‘New Message’ sound in Mail after upgrading to OS X 10.10.3

MailIconYosemiteXWhen you receive messages in Mail, you have the option of sounding an audio alert so you know new messages have arrived. However, after upgrading to OS X 10.10.3, you might find yourself in a situation where despite Mail otherwise operating normally, the alert sound you choose will not play, or may not play at all times. While not a problem that will affect the use of your Mac, it does put you at a slight inconvenience if you have grown accustomed to this sound for checking your mail. Continue reading

How To quickly enable Do Not Disturb for Notification Center in OS X

NotificationCenterIconXEven though placed along the right-hand side of your screen, Notification Center’s updates and notices can still be somewhat intrusive as they demand your attention. If you do not want your notices on at any time, you can disable Notification Center temporarily by toggling its Do Not Disturb feature; however, the default approach of opening Notification Center and scrolling to find the toggle for Do Not Disturb can be somewhat cumbersome. Continue reading

How to use iTunes 12.1’s Notification Center widget

iTunes12IconXEarlier today Apple released iTunes 12.1, which brings a few fixes for some known stability issues, and also improves syncing with various iOS devices. In addition, Apple has included a Notification Center widget that will allow you to control iTunes from the Notification Center sidebar. This option gives you similar convenience to Apple’s iTunes Dashboard widget, and adds to the numerous options Apple already includes for controlling iTunes from small window. However, upon installing iTunes 12.1 you might not see the widget available right away. Continue reading

How to configure Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

NotificationCenterIconXUnlike previous versions of OS X where notification center only showed you various system warnings, status updates, and alerts from programs you are running, in Yosemite Apple has added widgets. These can be seen by opening Notification Center and clicking the “Today” tab at the top.

These widgets make Notification Center somewhat of a replacement for Apple’s Dashboard service, bringing tools like calculators, world clocks, and stock tickers. If you find this feature useful, then there are several settings locations you can use to configure them for your needs. Continue reading

Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: A Dashboard replacement

NotificationCenterIconXApple’s Notification Center is a central place to get small details about the status of various applications and system services on your Mac, allowing you to see anything from song information when iTunes changes tracks, to notices about software updates being available. In addition, Notification Center supports quickly tweeting and replying to messages, but in Yosemite the service has been revamped to mimic the Notification Center feature in iOS 7, and might even be geared to eventually replace Dashboard. Continue reading

How to turn off notifications in OS X

NotificationCenterIconXApple’s Notification Center in OS X is a central service that allows you to view messages and warnings from your system along the right-hand side of your screen. Messages appear either as banners that disappear, or as alerts that require you to click a button to close. You can also click the Notification Center icon next to the Spotlight icon in the system menu bar, to view all the available messages in the system. Continue reading