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Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of Apple OS X, adds more than 200 new features to the operating system. In this workshop, author and expert Chad Chelius shows you how to take advantage of all the power that Mountain Lion puts at your fingertips. After learning how to install and set up the software, create and work with user accounts, and find your way around the interface, you'll get tips on using Mountain Lion to surf the web, send email, play audio and video, and much more. And you'll be introduced to new features like dictation, the Notification Center, and the Reminders, Notes, and Messages applications.
Another new feature in Mountain Lion is the Notification Center. The Notification Center keeps you updated with the latest happenings on your Mac. Whether it be emails, reminders, calendars, events, software updates and much, much more. The notification center keeps on top of everything that's going on. Let me show you how it works. In the finder, you're going to notice that the notification center is located in the upper-right corner of your screen. If you're new to the Mac, you might not have noticed this. And if you are an existing Mac user, you might have been wondering what that is for.
And that in and of itself is the Notification button. So if you click on that, it's going to show you the Notification pane and show you any notifications that you need to be aware of. So here's a calendar meeting that I have, and then there's also another reminder that I have as well. In addition, any new emails that you get will also show up in here. So the question becomes, well how do I configure notifications? How do I know what's going to show up in here? Well, I'm going to go ahead and close this button. And we're going to come up here to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
If I click on the Notifications button, this is where you control everything that shows up in the Notifications pane, and this is also where you control how it shows up. So for example, the Calendar category, it allows me to choose which type of style I want to show up for the calendar. Do I want No Alerts style? Do I want a banner to show up? Or do I want an alert to show up? For each of these different categories, you get to choose how you want to be notified of items that are due or need attention.
So in addition, within this category, I can show in the Notification Center the five most recent items. I can also show the badge app icon, which is down here. And then I can also play a sound when receiving notifications. So you get to control what you get notified with. I'm going to go ahead and come down to the mail category and once again, we get to choose what the alert style is going to be. Do we want no alert, do we want a banner or do we want an alert window that pops up? And once again, in the Notifications Center, we get to control how many of these items are going to appear. Again, we can go to the badge app icon and we can play a sound when receiving notifications.
So if there's something in here that you don't want to be in the Notification Center, like for example maybe I don't really want Safari notifications to appear, you can drag this down and drop it underneath the category that says Not in Notification Center. That way, none of the messages that are being delievered from Safari are going to show up in there. And you could do that for any of these other ones as well. Maybe in my example, I'm not really concerned about any games that may appear in there, so we'll drop that in the Not in Notification center as well.
So once you've configured this, you will now be able to see how the Notification Center's going to work. And just to show you once again how this is going to work for us, so I'm going to launch the Reminders application, and I want to add another reminder to do something a little bit later today. So what I'm going to do is in the Reminders category, I'm going to go ahead and click the plus sign. And I'm going to go out to dinner with my friend Tim. And we're going to click the Info button.
And I'm going to do that later on today. That's going to happen at about 6:30 p.m. So, I can have it remind me on that day. I'm going to go ahead and click the Done button, and I'm now going to quit out of Reminders. But still, when I go to the Notifications Center, you can see that Go Out to Dinner With Tim, has been added to Reminders so that I won't forget to do it. If you get in the habit of looking at your Notifications pane, you'll be able to see at a glance what's going on that day, what things need attention on your computer, and it'll really keep you up to date.
So you could see how unobtrusive the notification is when you're working on your computer. It's elegant, and allows you to stay current with what's happening on your Mac without disrupting you while you're working.
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