Using Your Notification Center - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

So many of us have laptops, and even if you don't, the technology is such that so much of our lives are intertwined.  Calendars are connected to emails, iMessage connects with our phones, any additional apps we have (for me, the biggest in Wunderlist) may remind us of things from time to time.  All of these reminders and pop-ups might become distracting or be something you DON'T want to show while you're projecting during a meeting or in a class.

Or maybe you DO want to see when an incoming mail message comes in, no matter which app you are working in.  The point is, you can control these things.  

This control happens through the Notifications area of System Preferences and through your Notification Center.  (side note: if you updated to Yosemite, this email will NOT entirely be the same for you--if you want to see how Notifications work in Yosemite, click on this Atomic Learning tutorial to learn more.)

Under the Apple --> System Preferences, click on Notifications.  


You will get to a screen that looks like this:


Here you can control which apps are in Notification Center. Click on each app individually to set the controls for notifications.  

One of the most important parts of this screen is that you have the box checked that indicates when you are plugged in to a projector, that Do Not Disturb will be activated, so your reminders and pop-ups should no longer appear.

If you are still struggling, there is always the manual "Do Not Disturb" that you can see by clicking on the three horizontal bars in the very top right of your screen (next to the magnifying glass).  Click on the bars, then scroll down to see a "Do Not Disturb" on/off switch.  

Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

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