Turn off notification of new emails on the Mac

System settings notifications

The new message center, which since OS X Mountain Lion is also on the Mac about new events, such as incoming mails, calendar events, game center invitations or other things. However, some people feel a bit "stressed" when messages appear and disappear in the top right corner, and with many emails it certainly distracts from work, 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 are still available under the current Apple operating system. The instructions here are still up to date - even if the appearance of the buttons and windows has changed a bit. You can still switch off the notifications via the "Notifications" system settings.

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Instructions: Here's how!

First you go to the system settings:

System settings notifications

At the top right in the system settings under Mountain Lion there is the item "Messages", which defines which messages are allowed to appear and how they appear.

Under "Messages" you can select the appropriate program in the left bar - in our case "Mail". And then you remove the tick from "Show in notification center" (see below). And there is silence! :-)

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.

Small professional tip: If you want to have complete peace and quiet from the message center for 24 hours, press the ALT key and then click on the message center icon at the top right in the menu bar. The icon turns gray and you are "released" for 24 hours. After that, the silence is automatically canceled and the "system-internal spam program" continues.

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 that is now also available on macOS is the "Do Not Disturb" option. This can be found in the system settings under "Messages" at the top of the list. I have activated this for myself and set it to the time between 22:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. In any case, no more notifications will be received during this time.

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