Cus­tomise No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter

Take charge of the app that alerts you to mes­sages and events

Mac Format - - IMPROVE | MAC APPS -

Your Mac has a great way of let­ting you know about missed FaceTime calls, emails yet to be read, ap­point­ments and to-dos. You can view in­for­ma­tion about each of th­ese things by go­ing to the rel­e­vant app, but No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter makes it eas­ier as a cen­tral hub list­ing it all.

Some of the items in­cluded in your ac­count’s No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter are also high­lighted in the Dock at the bot­tom of the screen. For ex­am­ple, a red cir­cle on the Mail app’s icon in­di­cat­ing how many emails are un­read. You may also get on-screen alerts about new emails as they ar­rive. No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter lets you con­trol what, how and when you’re no­ti­fied.

Although it’s called No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter, it doesn’t just pro­vide you with an over­view of mes­sages and up­dates. Some items are in­ter­ac­tive. You can click to re­spond to mes­sages, and in the case of re­minders, you can click next to an item to show you’ve com­pleted it, in­stantly updating the Re­minders app with­out hav­ing to open it.

OS X Yosemite gives you great con­trol over No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter, let­ting you man­age which apps no­tify you and when. It also al­lows third-party apps to add wid­gets to No­tifca­tion Cen­ter’s To­day view, where you can mon­i­tor in­for­ma­tion and events.

Let’s look at how to take charge of your no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Rosie Hat­ter­s­ley

os x Yosemite gives you more con­trol, let­ting you man­age which apps no­tify you and when

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter helps you to keep on top of events and emails with lit­tle ef­fort.

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