Notification Center is pretty great, however, it's very annoying that I have to click the menubar icon or make a gesture to actually open the notification pane.

How to make the Notification Center menu icon glow, (like Twitter does) when notifications are present, or something similar?

  • Umm...isn't that what the popup/banner notification is for?
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 21, 2012 at 21:55
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    In earlier developer builds of Mountain Lion, the notification center icon used to glow when there would be "unread" notifications. This is worth looking into, as there might be a hidden setting to turn it on.
    – bogdansrc
    Aug 21, 2012 at 22:04
  • daviesgeek the problem comes when your eyes are out of screen and the 3 second banner disappear Aug 21, 2012 at 23:17
  • bogdansrc yep that will be perfect Aug 21, 2012 at 23:18
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    @bogdansrc As you know, Developer Previews include features as well as bugs that often change and get lost before final release. This seems to be one of those cases. Oct 14, 2012 at 5:51

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The only solution is jailbreak - which is not advised... In iOS 7 you don't get it either (I'm running the beta) and there is no hidden setting.

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    The question is about Mountain Lion, not iOS...
    – nohillside
    Aug 7, 2013 at 8:58
  • Oops haha - not sure then - there may be a hack out there on the internet
    – belly114
    Aug 8, 2013 at 17:55

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