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How to View, Pause, Stop Notification on Mac

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Written by Hassan Abbas

View, Pause, Stop Notification on Mac: Notifications are handy for the event, email, and also, phone call alerts. But make sure not all notifications are important. For instance, you don’t want an alert from the Books or the Photos app.

If you’re Mac newbie, knowing how to handle your notifications so that they are essential is important to your Mac experience. Also, don’t worry we’re here to help. Here’s how to view, customize, pause, and turn off your notifications.

Viewing notifications on Mac

The first type of notification you view is a small pop-up in the corner of the screen. However, either it’s a Banner or an Alert. A Banner will appear briefly and then vanish. But an Alert will remain there until you dismiss it. Tap either a Banner or an Alert to see the item attached to the notification.

The second type of notification is one in your Notification Center. This area keeps all of your alerts push away until you want to view them. When you’re ready, simply tap the Notification Center icon on the top right of the menu bar and choose Notifications at the top.

Snoozing Notifications

Some notifications that appear on your screen provide you a choice to snooze. This is essential if you want to dismiss the alert instantly but have it notify you again later.

You can tap the Snooze button so that you’re reminded again in 15 minutes. Otherwise, you can select a different time frame for the snooze.

Pausing Notifications

Sometimes, you’re going to watch a movie or play a game on your Mac and like to temporarily pause your notifications. You can input Do Not Disturb mode easily. Tap the Notification Center icon in your menu bar, then swipe down slightly, and allow Do Not Disturb.

However, It’ll also pause your notifications from interrupting what you’re doing. But still, hold them in the Notification Center for you to see later.

Do Not Disturb will stay on until midnight. However, a scheduled time you’ve set, or maybe you turn it off.

Managing Notifications

If you have an iPhone or iPad in addition to a Mac. Then you’ll be happy to know that you can customize your notifications, in the same way, using banners, badges, and sounds. However, if your Mac is your Apple device, then here’s how to manage your notifications.

Step 1:

At first, Open System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from your menu bar.

Step 2:

Tap Notifications.

Step 3:

You’ll view a list of apps that offer notifications and the choices for those alerts on the right. You can select to:

  • Disable all notifications for the app simply by turning off the toggle.
  • Choose an alert style from None, Alerts or Banner.
  • Customize the choices for where/how to display the notification, if you want a badge app icon, and if you’d like to hear a sound.

As you can view, the settings are quite flexible for each app’s notifications. This enables you to tailor them in a way that works well for you.

Step 4:

Under the Notifications Preferences, you can select a choice for the Notification Center sort order if you like. Using Recents, Recents by App, or Manually by App.

Once done, just close the Notifications Preferences window.


Some notifications are useful like for Calendar alerts and Facetime calls. However, others aren’t required alerts for Pages or Numbers. But using macOS, you can also tailor your notifications exactly as you like.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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