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Alert messages from Notification Center hang after using close button

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 Chris Calculating status...
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Aug 20, 2012 1:42 AM

After opening my MacBook in the morning, Notification Center displays the alerts from my Calender (I realy like this new feature!).



When I click the Close Button on an Alert Message the Alert Message does not close but stops responding and stays displayed.

The only way to get rid of it is to logout and login to OSX.


Does anyone have the same problem?

I am looking for a solution.


All suggestions are welcome!




MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion
  • simonfromislington Calculating status...

    I'm having the same problem - have you found a solution yet, Chris?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)



    I was looking for Posts Categorised with Messages.


    However people might want to know which option in the Notification Centre you are using.



    10:57 PM      Friday; September 7, 2012

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  • Bradders59 Calculating status...

    I'm having this problem as well. All my notifications are set to bring up an alert box. Sometimes they pop up and can be closed in the normal fashion, but right now I am looking at two iCal alerts that only show the "Spinning Beachball of Death" when I move a cursor over them.

    The Notification sliding window will also feeze in postion at times, but this can be rectified by moving to a different desktop and back. The Notification alerts however, remain stuck.

  • simonfromislington Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As I said, same problem as  Chris - calendar alerts.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)



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    As you can see the System Preferences > Notification Pane talks about "Alerts" in a general way first

    Then it offers options on how the Notifications are displayed.


    I was presuming you were talking about the Notifications in the same general way and I was asking which option you were using


    Since my first post in this thread I have changes my Mail Notifications to Alerts (It seems to be the one with more issue)

    It does hang around until I deal with it

    It then send me to Mail but the Incoming mail item(s) is(are) no longer marked  as unread.

    This makes it a little difficult to check the generic Inbox rthat has five Accounts set up.


    I am not getting a spinning beach Ball and the Alert Style Notification goes away.



    10:18 PM      Saturday; September 8, 2012

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"


      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • alxsctt5 Calculating status...

    I am having this exact same issue. The only way I can get it off the screen is by restarting my computer. It works for awhile after that then again, it starts hanging with the spinning beach ball.

  • apfelliebhaber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I quit the notification center process, then the alert goes away and notification center starts again. It then displays the remaining notifications.

  • Attracks pilot Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'm having the same issue as well.

    After the upgrade to 10.8.2. and killing all non-Apple extensions (including those hanging in the MenuBar), the problem was gone.

    I don't know why, but a couple of days ago it just came back; including the spiining beach ball.

  • MacCollector Calculating status...

    Yes I agree!



    It seems to be a Next Day issue.

    The problem always starts in the morning.

    And since I do not encounter problems with the Banner alerts it seems to be related to the buttons on the Alerts.

    It also seems to be happing when there are more than 1 Alert messages with buttons (Close - Open).

    Also it is not just with E-mail Alert Messages it also happens with Calender Alerts.



    I am having very similar problems and they show up in a very similar way.

    Swedish OSX 10.8.2 - Very annoying.

  • William Lester1 Calculating status...

    I also have this exact same issue on a Macbook Air, usually occurring after putting my mac to sleep by closing the laptop with no alerts open at the time. So, the alert appears when the mac is sleeing (I think plugged in and with Power nap running).

    In addition to seeing this the day after the alert, I can also get the error the same day, hours after the event.

  • Occum\'s Razor Calculating status...

    I see it's been nearly a year since the last post on this topic.  Even with the update to 10.8.5 it still happens after my MacBook Pro Retina 16GB Ram (early 2013 build) is left on for a long period of time - like overnight.


    Rebooting and/or stopping and restarting the process is the only (brute forceed) resolution I can find as well.


    • Apple support suggested turning off the firewall and de-encrypting, which I did.
    • My anecdotal and unscientific observation: Helped somewhat by lengthening the time to 'beachball'.


    I was also advised to completely wipe and reinstall OS - oh my...


    Does anyone have anything new to add before I take this draconian measure?


    Another thread on this topic can be found at:

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)



    I am still subscribed to this thread and so received and email when you posted.

    I have nothing new on this.



    9:13 pm      Monday; September 23, 2013


      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.4)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

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