Long text notifications banners on MacOS X are cropped. The missing text makes them hard to understand, or even incomprehensible. How can I read the full text of these banners, if nothing shows up in Notification Center?

This is a general issue, and happens with all kinds of notifications on OSX.

The example below appears when trying to call a contact from Contacts.app in Yosemite and something is not right, which I can not fix, because the message explaining it is cropped.


German Software Update Notification Banner

  • Click it. idk that app, but most apps come to the front with the notification foremost
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:24
  • Thanks for the fast reply. It is FaceTime, and there is no way to expand the contents of the banner / notification. Hm!
    – myhd
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:32
  • It doesn't expand, it should bring the specific app to the front
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:35
  • I do unterstand it does not expand. But what to do, when the app does not show more info, or missing text, and I can only speculate what the text (which exists "somewhere") might say?
    – myhd
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:40
  • I've no idea in that case - I've never had an app that didn't show me all the relevant info when it came to the front
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:50

1 Answer 1


Take a look in the Notification Center by clicking this icon in the top right corner of your menu bar:

enter image description here

You'll probably see the full text in the "Facetime" section.

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    Thank you for your answer, but there is no additional info in the Notification Center.
    – myhd
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 15:26
  • Exactly the same text as in the notification popup? If so, I would assume the application in question (Facetime) didn't send any additional text as well.
    – frdmn
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 15:31
  • There is no info regarding the issue in the Notification Center.
    – myhd
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 15:33

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