I cannot read the full notification (see attached). How can I?

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  • what happens when you click on it?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 14:54
  • The Notification Center closes.
    – jds
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 14:58
  • What app are you sing as notifier, I have not seen that one, but have seen those: apple.stackexchange.com/q/57412/46541
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:03
  • @Buscar웃 That looks like the OSX Notifications
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:10
  • @ggundersen what window does OSX make frontmost after this - I think it will ve Terminal if the window has not closed
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:11

2 Answers 2


Notification Center limits the size of a notification to 256 bytes (see developer reference), so there is no way to expand or change how much of a notification you see (unless you can find some third-party application that disables the limit).

After 256 bytes, the notification will be truncated and the user has to click on the notification to see the rest.

For example, if Mail.app sends you a notification of a new message, you likely won't be able to read the whole message from the notification, so you'll have to click on it to open the message in Mail.

However, if the notification is purely informative and does not point to a specific piece of data within the application, when you click on the notification, it will only open the application or, if it is already running, bring it to the foreground.

Terminal is not a UI-based application, so notifications from it are not going to focus on a specific element. A notification from Terminal will simply open the application because its notifications are plaintext messages from the application that don't point to a specific UI element or piece of data.

  • 1
    This is still the case in 10.11. Unfortunately. Commented May 6, 2016 at 22:15
  • The developer reference link (which was for iOS, and may not have applied to macOS anyway) is dead, and I can't find anything in the current docs about such a 256-byte limit.
    – JWWalker
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 23:51

Short answer: You cannot. You need to click on the notification to read it.

There is no long answer here.

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    When I click on the notification, the entire notification center (the whole bar) scrolls back to the right. I cannot read the full message.
    – jds
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 18:18

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