Turning on the Do Not Disturb feature on your Mac will instantly silence and hide all notifications and alerts coming to your computer. This makes the Do Not Disturb feature a great feature if you are using your Mac to do work and want to focus, because you can hide attachment notifications and alerts that inform you about updates, messages, emails, browser activity, tabloid news and all other things that want to get your attention and disrupt your workflow.
There are several different ways to enable Do Not Disturb on a Mac, and we will discuss them here. We will also show you how to disable the Do Not Disturb feature on your Mac so you can receive notifications and alerts again.
How to enable Do Not Disturb on Mac via the menu bar
The fastest way to enable Do Not Disturb on Mac is to use the modifier key and click the icon in the menu bar:
At any point on a Mac, hold down the OPTION / ALT key on the Mac keyboard, then click the list icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
If the button with the list icon is unavailable, the Do Not Disturb mode is enabled and notifications are temporarily disabled.
If Do Not Disturb is enabled, all incoming notifications will be hidden in the Notification Center, and the sound will not sound or appear as a pop-up warning on the screen in the upper right corner of the Mac screen.
How to disable Do Not Disturb on Mac via the menu bar
You can easily disable Do Not Disturb on Mac by applying the same modifier key setting to the menu bar icon:
While holding down the OPTION / ALT key on your Mac keyboard, click the list icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
When the button with the list icon is the same color as the other items in the menu bar, Do Not Disturb is disabled, and all notifications and warnings will be sent to the Mac in normal mode.
How to enable the Do Not Disturb feature on Mac via the Notification Center
You can also enable Do Not Disturb on Mac from the Notification Center panel itself.
Anywhere on the Mac, click the list button in the upper right corner of the screen to open the Notification Center.
When the Notification Center appears, swipe or scroll down to open the Do Not Disturb option.
Click the switch next to “Do Not Disturb” to turn it on to enable Do Not Disturb on Mac.
This short video demonstrates two ways to enable Do Not Disturb on a Mac using the Option + Click method and the Notification Center method:
Remember, to quickly enable and disable the Do Not Disturb feature on your Mac, you must press and hold the OPTION / ALT key when you click the Notification Center list button icon in the corner of the screen.
Is there a keyboard shortcut to enable Do Not Disturb?
By default, there are no keystrokes on the Mac to enable this feature, however, you can easily install the Do Not Disturb keyboard shortcut on a Mac, which is easy to remember.
How to make Do Not Disturb automatically turn on?
Another handy trick is to schedule Do Not Disturb on a Mac so that it will automatically turn on within a certain period of time, for example, during work or work hours.
Planning to not bother on a Mac is easy to do through the System Preferences, you can read about how to do it here.
How do I constantly maintain Do Not Disturb?
If you do not like the frequent harassment of alerts and notifications from the Notification Center, an easy way to completely prevent warnings on a Mac is to set Do Not Disturb permanently so that it is always turned on using planning tricks.
You can find out how to enable Do Not Disturb on Mac for eternity here.
I don't like the Notification Center, can I turn it off and get rid of the icon in the menu bar?
Experienced Mac users can completely disable the Notification Center and simultaneously remove the menu bar icon by unloading the Launch Agent. You can read about the complete disabling of the Notification Center and remove the menu bar icon here from Mac here This is not recommended for the vast majority of Mac users, since the Notification Center is a key component of MacOS.
What if I want some alerts and notifications to be turned off?
You can configure which applications can send you notifications in the Mac notification system preferences.
For example, if you are tired of viewing “news” alerts on a Mac, you can turn off these news notifications.
In addition, if you receive alerts from websites, you can stop push notifications to websites on Safari for Mac (or completely disable Safari websites on Mac, if you don’t want to use them at all).
You can also selectively turn off the sound of certain messages in messages on a Mac, if a particular message thread warns you.
It may also be useful to disable advanced notifications on a Mac if you find that the Mac seems to accidentally wake up when messages and emails arrive.
As you can see, the Do Not Disturb feature gives you a lot of control over how you get notifications and alerts on your Mac, and when you get them. Therefore, when you want peace, tranquility and concentration, turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode and work!