Turn off notification of new emails on the Mac

System settings notifications

The new message center, which since OS X Mountain Lion has also been available on the Mac about new events such as incoming emails, calendar events, Game Center invitations or other things. However, some people feel a bit “stressed” when messages keep appearing and disappearing in the top right corner, and it certainly distracts from work when there are a lot of emails, for example.

For this reason the question is: How can I turn off the messages about new mails in the upper right corner under Mac OS X? As is so often the case, the answer is quite simple. You just have to know where to look. :-)

Note on macOS Mojave

These system settings still exist under Apple's current operating system. The instructions here are still up to date - even if the appearance of the buttons and windows has changed slightly. You can still turn off notifications via the “Notifications” system settings.

Instructions: Here's how!

First you go to the system settings:

System settings notifications
At the top right of the system settings, under Mountain Lion, is the “Notifications” item, which defines which notifications may appear and how they appear.

In the item "Notifications" you can select the appropriate program in the left bar - in our case "Mail". And then uncheck the “Show in Notification Center” box (see below). And it's quiet! :-)

Apple Mail in the message center
Apple Mail (and other programs!) Can be banned from the message center by removing the tick in the appropriate place.

A little professional tip: If you want to be completely silent from the message center for 24 hours, press the ALT key and then click on the message center icon at the top right of the menu bar. The icon turns gray and you are “free” for 24 hours. After that, however, the silence is automatically lifted and it continues in the "internal system spam program".

Notifications from mail and other programs can also be switched off via the "Do not disturb" option.
Notifications from Mail and other programs can also be switched off via the “Do not disturb” option.

Alternative: Activate “Do Not Disturb”.

One option, which is now also available on macOS, is the “Do Not Disturb” option. These can be found in the system settings under “Notifications” at the top of the list. I have this activated on mine and set it to the time between 22:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. In any case, there will be no more notifications during this time.

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