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I would like to have notifications on my left monitor and not my right monitor. It's hard to see them when I'm looking at the left monitor (since they're all the way on the right side and they're rather large monitors).

Is there any way to keep the screens in this order but have the notifications appear on the screen I want them to appear on?

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You should be able to do this by choosing the monitor on which the menu bar is active.

Try:

  • System Settings -> Displays -> Arrangement

and drag the little white bar to the monitor where you want the notifications to show up.

In the picture below, the bar is being dragged from the left to the right window.

Arrangement window with mouse

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    Wow this isn't at all obvious. – Sridhar Sarnobat Aug 24 '17 at 17:59
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    This works, of course, but it also causes the (⌘-Tab) Application Switcher to move to that monitor. Is there a way to change the location of only notifications? – TravisCarden Sep 8 '17 at 14:08
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    Oddly, the cmd-tab selections appear only on the Macbook Pro's screen, while the notifications are on the primary screen (the one with the white bar) – wrlee Jul 11 '18 at 21:35
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    I missed a meeting at work today because iCal was popping up on the laptop screen away to my right instead of my Thunderbolt dispaly. – Sridhar Sarnobat Jan 14 '19 at 23:49
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    @wrlee to switch where teh cmd-tab selections appear, on the display where you want them to appear, mouse over the dock on that display. That effectively switches where cmd-tab list shows up. – JohnQ Apr 17 '19 at 12:39
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In case you have mirrored displays and you have no notifications appearing on either screen, you might have fallen victim of the "DO NOT DISTURB - Enabled while mirrored" setting.

To change this setting, open the notification centre on the right, scroll up in the list to reveal the hidden settings panel, and toggle the DO NOT DISTURB switch.

do not disturb

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The notification side-tray should appear on the screen which your cursor is currently positioned; it need not be the screen with the active menu bar... I've found that it isn't always consistent, and sometimes appears on whichever screen it last appeared. I was able to sync it up to the expected behavior by opening and closing the tray from the menu bar icon rather than trackpad gesture.

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