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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X System 10.8
If you are using Mountain Lion, you've probably seen the banner style notifications and wondered how to get them away quickly. Yet there is no close button.

The solution is simple: If you use a trackpad, use two fingers to swipe them away to the right; on the Magic Mouse, it's one finger swipe to the right. Of course, hover over it with the cursor and then swipe.

[kirkmc adds: Well, I wasn't sure whether to post this. The banners go away on their own after five seconds, so you'd need to be mighty impatient to want to go to the trouble of manually removing them. But there may be cases where you do want to do this. I'll let you discuss this in the comments below.]
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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: JMoVS on Aug 30, '12 07:33:15AM

My original intent is simple:

Sometimes, it is blocking my top right corner of the display, so ometimes, I am really utterly impatient



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: astrosmash on Aug 30, '12 09:30:32AM

Does this work with those annoying, Windows-like, App Store update notifications that hang around forever and can't be dismissed without opening the App Store?



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: thegreatstate on Aug 30, '12 10:09:27AM

This is really helpful for me because I'm in Photoshop a lot and it will cover the navigator, histogram, or layer that I'm working on and I often don't want to wait for the 5 seconds if I'm using that tool bar at the time. Thanks for the tip.



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: interlard on Aug 30, '12 11:00:55AM

It also gives your client a few less seconds to notice the embarrassing personal email or IM banner in the top right of your presentation.

Apple doesn't seem to have thought of this, even though we've all seen personal IMs appear in popups during presentations. The solution is not to have those events appear as banners or alerts, but then they don't appear in Notification Center at all. I'd like to use Notification Center to check what emails, IMs and calendar alerts came up while I was away from my computer, but I can only do that if I want them displayed during presentations.

Oh, I'm griping about Mountain Lion again.



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: PCheese on Aug 30, '12 11:33:27PM

Is this a hypothetical situation or did it actually happen to you? Apple did think of this:
- alerts and banners turn off automatically while you mirror to a projector
- for exceptional circumstances you can pause banners yourself using the switch at the top of Notification Center

A Google search will reveal more info or you can check out
http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/07/25/tnws-complete-guide-to-notifications-in-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion/



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: cmac6126 on Aug 30, '12 12:54:03PM

Great!
I've been looking for a way to shorten the time these stay, you can read them much faster than five seconds.
I too am impatient.

As for the App Store notifications, I have not seen them, but then I do not stay logged into the App Store, or have it running continuously so I suspect that's why.

I've also been looking for a way to filter out what emails show up in Notification Centre, I use a Smart Mail box and set the Mail.app 'New Message Notifications" to collect only the emails I want banners for, but then all emails are listed in the Centre, anyone know how to do this?



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Aug 31, '12 10:08:37AM

I can't get this to work at all. Hovering over the notification or not two finger swipe simply doesn't do anything at all. Under 'More Gestures' (I assume) what do you guys have two finger swipe set to? TIA



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Aug 31, '12 11:11:04AM

I'm not at my Mac, but if it's like the left-swipe to reveal notifications, it's sort of a special, "wide" swipe: you have to start the motion with your fingers at the far left -- essentially *off* of the trackpad area -- then swipe all the way across to the other side.

Took me a while to get the hang of it, as it's not intuitive.



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Sep 01, '12 12:18:28PM

I'll give that a try. Wasn't clear from the hint, thanks!



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Dismiss banner notifications with a swipe on OS X
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Sep 01, '12 04:46:37PM

I'm not sure, actually, that the swiping motion I described works for the notifications in question. The "wide swipes" do reveal/hide the full "notification center" (or whatever it's called in Mountain Lion), but they don't seem to dismiss the persistent reminder notifications, such as those that Calendar presents on my screen. It seems those can only be dismissed by a click.

Again, I was away from my computer when I replied (via iPad), so I apologize if I misspoke.



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