Notifications are messages that can be displayed by the applications on your computer when there is some important information you need to be aware of. We'll see how to control which applications are allowed to show notification. We'll also work with the Notification Center, which is where you can view a list of recent notifications that have not yet been cleared.
- [Instructor] Over the last few chapters in this course, we've seen a lot of bundled applications in macOS that you can use to communicate with other people, and we've also seen some tools for setting up Reminder Alerts. Any application that needs to send you some sort of an alert has to work through Notification Center. So here I am minding my own business working at my computer when this happens. This is a notification reminding me of a Calendar appointment. Or if somebody sends me an email, I might see this: (high-pitched ding) a notification for an email message.
Or I might see something like this: (high pitched ding) a notification for an iMessage. So these are all different notifications and the best thing about notification alerts is that you get to decide whether you want them or not for each application. So one of the biggest things I like to cover when talking about notifications is making sure you know how to turn them off or adjust them for your needs. But first, I want you to notice how some of my notifications fade away, but this Calendar Alert stays on the screen.
So there are different types of notifications. But even though a notification may not stay on the screen, they can leave persistent information to let me know that I missed something. So for example, let's take a look at the Mail icon and the Messages icon in the dock. They both have this little red badge telling me that I've received some sort of new information that I have not yet addressed: a new email message or a new iMessage. Also, I can go into Notification Center on my computer and that's gonna be this button up in the top right corner of the Menu bar.
When I go into Notification Center, I wanna go to the Notifications tab. There's two sections here: the Today view and the Notifications view. When you're in the Notifications view, you can see all of the notifications that you've received that you have not yet addressed. So for example, if I jump out of this, and I go over to the Mail application, and I can see that New Mail Message that I've not yet read, I can click on it to read it, the blue bullet goes away, the badge on the icon goes away, and if I go back into Notification Center, the notification goes away, because I've addressed the thing that that notification was telling me about.
Now it's also interesting to see that some applications behave differently. Some applications will alert you of new information even if that application is running and some will not. So for example, I had the Mail application running this whole time, it's just that the window was hidden. If you do not have the Mail application running, then you will not receive notifications. So for now I'm just going to Quit Mail. And if I were to receive a new email message now, I would not see a notification.
But take a look at the messages application. This application is not currently running. But if I receive an incoming iMessage, (high-pitched ding) in this case I do see the notification pop up on the screen. Now again, we saw that some of these notifications will fade away, but this one did not fade away because I pointed my mouse at it. If I were to move my mouse cursor away from it, then it would fade away from the screen. Now of course that Calendar Notification is still remaining on the screen, so that behaves a little bit differently.
Now I do wanna take a closer look at this Messages Notification because if you do point your mouse cursor at a message's notification before it fades away you've got the opportunity to reply to it. So I can just click on reply right here and I can type my response right here in this notification. And then I'll hit send, and I've just responded to that message even though I never launched the application. But of course if I do go to Notification Center, that notification will no longer be listed here.
Now here on this Calendar Alert, I could hit snooze, and then I would get another notification in a few minutes, or if I just hit close, it will close this notification. Or if I simply click on the notification itself, it will launch that application and it will show me the calendar appointment that sent that notification. For now, I'm just going to quit the Calendar, and I'm going to hit Close, so now that notification is gone. And I can go back into Notification Center and I can see all of my notifications have been cleared.
So now let's configure these different types of notifications. First, here in Notification Center, if I flip over to the Today view, and I scroll all the way up to the top, there's this option for Do Not Disturb. If I turn this on, I will not see any notifications at all. So I'm just gonna turn this off again. I'm gonna go back to the Notification field. Next I wanna go to this little gear button down at the bottom of the Notifications field. This will take us to a specific section of system preferences where we can configure the notifications for each application.
So this list is every application on my computer that has the ability to send me notifications. And I can select any one of these, and I can change the types of notifications that I might receive. So remember we saw some notifications fade away and some do not? The difference here are Banners and Alerts. So if I go to Messages, you'll see I'm set to receive Banners, those pop up and then fade away. But if I go to Calendar, I'm set to receive alerts. Those stay on the screen until I've addressed them.
So you can go through each of these applications and change the type of notification you want to receive. If you do not want to see a notification at all for a specific application, just select it, and then set it to none, and then you won't see any notification. But I'm gonna set that back to Alert. Then there are some other options. Do you want to see these notifications when your computer is locked? Maybe your computer goes into a screen saver and the screen locks, or maybe it goes into sleep mode, and when you wake it up, you wanna decide whether you wanna see those notifications.
And this could be a privacy issue. Maybe you don't wanna see your notifications pop up when the screen is locked, so you don't want somebody to sit down at your computer and see them. You can turn that off. You can also decide if you do not wanna see these notifications in Notification Center. If you do not wanna see that Badge icon, which was that little red number that told me I had something new in that application, and finally you can turn off sound for each notification. So what you should do is go through each of these applications and configure the notifications for your preference.
So the next time you see a notification pop up on your screen, you'll know how to deal with it. And if there are any applications that show you notifications that you don't want to see, well then, you can go into settings and you can make some changes.
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