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How can I get rid of that type of notification without actually opening the Appstore? The fact that it will stay there until I actually open it is pretty annoying.

OSX Mountain Lion.

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You can swipe to the right to dismiss the notification.

From Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

To dismiss an alert notification without interacting with it, use your pointer to swipe the banner to the right.

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  • This only works for banners, not alerts. – grg Dec 31 '13 at 20:00
  • @grgarside are you sure. Apple explicitly mentions "alert notification" – Matteo Jan 1 '14 at 9:52
  • Well, I can only swipe banners — the alerts don't move… – grg Jan 1 '14 at 10:35
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You can disable the automatic check for updates in System Preferences → App Store.

When it does not check for updates, it won't make notifications. :)

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