Of course you know already that you can send iMessages to your iOS or OS X using friends and family via the Notification Center, because we told you that a while ago.
Did you know, however, that you can reply to iMessages sent to you in that very same Notification Center? If not, read on and learn how to do so, and how to make sure that your Mac is set up correctly to allow it to happen.
You’ll need to have your Messages app set up to get those iMessages in your Notification Center in the first place, so launch System Preferences from the dock or your Application folder, and then click on the Notification Center icon to go to that preference pane.
Once, there, click on Messages in the list of apps in the left-hand column, and make sure the checkbox is enabled for Show in Notification Center. You can choose to have either Alerts or Banners enabled, as they’ll both work for Replies.
Now, when you get an iMessage from someone, you’ll be able to reply to them from the notification. If you have them set up to come in as a Banner, you’ll need to hover over the banner itself to see the Reply button. If you’ve chosen to have Alerts, then you’ll see the Reply button underneath the Close button. Either way, hit the Reply button and type in your response. Your iMessage will go right back to the person who sent you the message in the first place.