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A quick way to view Notification Center System 10.8
There is a gesture you can use on a trackpad to view Notification Center: swipe with two fingers from the right edge of your trackpad to the left. This works on a laptop, but with a Magic Trackpad, this really isn't easy to do, since your fingers can't slide from a surface next to the trackpad. All it generally does for me is move my trackpad to the left. (And if you happen to use the Magic Trackpad with your left hand, I'm not sure what would happen.)

So what I did is set up a hot corner on my desktop Mac, the one where I use the Magic Trackpad. To do this, go to System Preferences, then Mission Control. Click on the Hot Corners button, then choose Notification Center from one of the menus; the one for the corner you want to use. So I have it set to the top-right corner, which is logical, as that is where Notification Center lives. I just move my cursor to that corner and the Notification Center sidebar displays. To hide it, I just click elsewhere, or move the cursor to the same corner again.
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A quick way to view Notification Center
Authored by: ilmolto on Aug 02, '12 07:41:58AM

I wish Apple added an option for the Notification Center to be displayed by double tapping with two fingers on the Magic Mouse. Unfortunately it's not there.

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A quick way to view Notification Center
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 02, '12 08:11:38AM

It's actually VERY easy to do on the Magic Trackpad. Just rest your fingers on the very edge and swipe to the left. You can keep you two fingers touching each other.

I actually ended up doing this by accident a few times when I was trying to go back in Safari. Then I read about the gesture. The difference is that with a regular swipe you don't touch the edge of the trackpad.

Try it. It's easy once you realize you have to have your fingers right on the edge. Let one fingertip half hang off.

iMac 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo, 8GB, 1TB, Mac OS X 10.8

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A quick way to view Notification Center
Authored by: keith_rollin on Aug 02, '12 12:07:59PM

I agree with the people saying that this gesture isn't inconvenient. When using the trackpad left-handed, I use David's technique of resting my index finger right on the edge (1/2 off of the trackpad) and the middle finger to its left and slightly up. Right-handed, I find it more convenient to place both my middle and ring fingers on the edge (that is, arranged vertically) when swiping. I haven't had any problems with false positives or negatives, nor with the trackpad sliding to the left.

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A quick way to view Notification Center
Authored by: earthsaver on Aug 02, '12 09:06:35AM

You can also set a keyboard shortcut for Notification Center in the Mission Control shortcuts section of Keyboard preferences. I chose F5, which is empty on my Apple Wireless Keyboard.

- Ben Rosenthal
MacBook Pro 2.8GHz - Lion
iPad 3G 32GB

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