One of the new features in Mountain Lion that I use on a daily basis is Notification Center. I find it very handy for checking thins on my calendar, new emails, and other alerts. One thing I didn’t like however, was the fact that there was no keyboard shortcut to activate the feature. Luckily, there […]
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Mac Tip: Assigning A Keyboard Shortcut to Notification Center

One of the new features in Mountain Lion that I use on a daily basis is Notification Center. I find it very handy for checking thins on my calendar, new emails, and other alerts. One thing I didn’t like however, was the fact that there was no keyboard shortcut to activate the feature. Luckily, there is a way to make one.

I use Command + Space Bar all of the time to invoke the Spotlight search field. Naturally, I chose to use Shift + Command + Space Bar to invoke Notification Center. Here’s how to do it:

1. Open System Preferences from the Apple Menu

2. Under the Hardware heading select “Keyboard”

3. Select the “Keyboard Shortcuts” pane

4. Select “Mission Control” in the left list, then check the box next to “Show Notification Center”

5. Double click the blank space to the right and enter the keyboard shortcut you would like to use to invoke Notification Center. Now you’re done.

In case you were wondering, here’s what the System Preferences Pane looks like.

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I chose Shift + Command + Space Bar simply because it was easy for me to remember, and I use Command + Space Bar all the time for Spotlight. You can choose anything you wish, so long as it is not used by another application. Don’t worry, if you do pick something that is used elsewhere in the system, a warning will appear informing you that it won’t work.

Personally I’m surprised Apple didn’t include a keyboard shortcut for Notification Center. I suspect they were trying to entice customers to use multitouch gestures to get the job done.

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