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Is it possible to change where macOS Notification Center alerts appear on the screen?

They currently appear at the top right of the screen with the menu bar:

Notification Center alert at top right of screen, covering a browser window

Alerts appearing in the top right tend to cover up work I'm doing more often than not. They cover up browser tabs, toolbar icons, and window titles.

I would prefer, say, the bottom right corner of the screen.

If moving the alerts is not possible, is it possible to change the screen on which they appear?

  • I logged "FB7496123: Notification Center alerts hide application tabs." Please duplicate! – pkamb Dec 16 '19 at 17:27
  • I think the thing that drives me the most nuts about this is that there is unused space on both sides of the dock. Why can't they use that space for notifications?! – Vorticity Jan 9 at 19:04
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Unfortunately, you can't change the screen position of the Notification Center Alerts and Banners. This is a huge gripe of mine as well, and I highly encourage you to complain about this issue to Apple here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macos.html

Hopefully they will one day change this. I also have not been able to find or formulate any hacks.

I, too, am annoyed by it covering up controls in my modeling applications, tabs in my browser, etc.

You can move the Notification Center to another screen, however your entire menu bar goes with it. When you have more than one monitor active, open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement. Click and drag the white bar inside one of the squares representing your current primary monitor and drag it to another monitor.

For notifications that don't need immediate attention, consider changing the alert style from Alerts to Banners. Banners are automatically dismissed into the notification center where you can find them later.

Good luck, and keep spreading the word that we need to tell Apple to make this experience better.

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  • Most annoying is when on a phone call the banner cannot be dismissed. I filed feedback to the link above asking for a hot-corner toggle that allows banners to be moved offscreen temporarily. Perhaps if many others also ask for a hot-corner apple will respond... so please please, everyone, click on the link above and ask for a hot-corner for banners (or the ability to put the banners in any of the 4 corners) – Hamid Mar 11 at 15:50
  • This note was Jan 2017 and now is 2020 and that annoying alert it is still there. I don't think Apple will ever change it where the alerts appear on the screen :-( – Mario Stefanutti Mar 25 at 21:19
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Swipe with two fingers on the banner pop up and it will remove it. Not the best answer but convenient for when I need to access a control or tab.

Source: http://www.cultofmac.com/189192/

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  • Some notifications such as when you're on a phone call are permanent and cannot be swiped away (while the call is in progress). When I'm on a conference call I cannot access the IDE buttons under the banner which is quite annoying... – Hamid Mar 11 at 15:26
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You can adjust the time the notification is displayed on the screen:

In a terminal window type:

defaults write com.apple.notificationcenterui bannerTime SECONDS

Where SECONDS is the number of seconds the notice will remain visible. Default is 5 seconds.

Log out and in again to activate the setting.

http://www.defaults-write.com/notification-center-change-banners-display-time

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  • Unfortunately notifications have a habit of appearing right under my cursor as I'm about to click a new tab in a browser so any number of seconds is problematic. But this could be useful for some. – Katharine Osborne Feb 21 at 11:38
  • Some notifications such as when you're on a phone call are permanent (while the call is in progress). When I'm on a conference call I cannot access the IDE buttons under the banner which is quite annoying... – Hamid Mar 11 at 15:26

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