I have a panel with 6 possible view modes. Due to lack of space, my current solution is a "View" dropdown.
However, two of these views are an Errors view and a Messages view. Neither of these is the default view, but I want my users to be able to quickly recognize that there are new errors or messages.
While I can just show icons next to the drop-down, I am not sure this makes it clear that the notifications can be viewed by opening the drop-down.