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Is it possible to change where alerts in the notification center appear on the screen? Alerts appearing in the top right tend to cover up work I'm doing more often than not and I would prefer, say, the bottom right corner of the screen.

If this is not possible, is it perhaps possible to change which screen the notifications appear on?

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I completely agree that the location of the notification window is very annoying. I am not sure why the development team didn't find this issue until now. I hope they fix it soon. I've submitted the complaint as well. – user78187 May 14 '14 at 21:16
I need this fixed, its such an issue when using chrome apps. – Graeme Hutchison Jul 9 '14 at 7:34
No luck yet. Its still at this annoying position. – Monkey King Dec 1 '15 at 19:56
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Unfortunately, you can't change the screen position of the Notification Center Alerts and Banners. This is a huge gripe of mine as well, and I highly encourage you to complain about this issue to Apple here:

Hopefully they will one day change this. I also have not been able to find or formulate any hacks.

I, too, am annoyed by it covering up controls in my modeling applications, tabs in my browser, etc.

You can move the Notification Center to another screen, however your entire menu bar goes with it. When you have more than one monitor active, open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement. Click and drag the white bar inside one of the squares representing your current primary monitor and drag it to another monitor.

Good luck, and keep spreading the word that we need to tell Apple to make this experience better.

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Will this issue be addressed on OSX Maverick? – detj Aug 23 '13 at 6:48
From what I've read, Mavericks does not fix this issue. However, I have not been hands on with it, yet. – spex Sep 11 '13 at 18:35
Just to update, no, Mavericks did not fix this. – spex Apr 7 '14 at 14:43
Nothing new in Yosemite. – chodorowicz Dec 10 '14 at 12:52
Nothing new in El Capitan. – AlecRust Nov 2 '15 at 14:09

Swipe with two fingers on the banner pop up and it will remove it. Not the best answer but convenient for when I need to access a control or tab.


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This might not answer the direct question, but it is a quick way to get rid of the notification and so addresses the original problem (except for some situations). Thanks for putting it up. – Christopher Harwood Oct 24 '14 at 18:41
This doesn't work for me using my Apple Magic Trackpad on 10.9.5, was this added in 10.10? – spex Nov 13 '14 at 19:30
On Mavericks, I can click-drag to the right off the page. – Alien Life Form Apr 6 '15 at 21:02
It definitely works but the damage is usually done IME when you try to click a browser tab and a notification instantly appears beneath the pointer instead causing you to bring up he wrong app. Massive annoyance, particularly in teams where one is using something like Slack/FlowDock, notifications are frequent & you cant really just mute them as they can suddenly become important/relevant. – Hal Oct 1 '15 at 4:29

You can adjust the time the notification is displayed on the screen:

In a terminal window type:

defaults write bannerTime SECONDS

Where SECONDS is the number of seconds the notice will remain visible. Default is 5 seconds.

Log out and in again to activate the setting.

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As has been noted above, Apple does not provide a configuration option for this. The lack of some third-party utility to do this leads me to believe that the APIs simply do not expose this functionality, though this is pure speculation on my part.

In my case, it isn't that the messages are too obtrusive. It is that they are too un-obtrusive in multi-monitor setups or with large, hi-res monitors (I have both).

I will get so focused on my work on a different monitor, or even the same monitor on the left hand side of the screen, that I totally miss the message window even if I have configured it to sit there until clicked. With the audio muted on my computer (as it usually is in my team's workspace), I won't notice it until something else breaks my focus. This could take hours. That totally defeats the purpose of some of the apps that use the notification center.

I need those alerts to be in my face. By that I mean on the monitor I'm working in, positioned near where my cursor is, refusing to go away until clicked, on top of everything, but not focused until I click it.

I have just spent several hours trying to come up with a workaround using Hammerspoon (, but have yet to be successful. I will update this post if that changes.

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