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Stupid Simple Mac Tips #55 – Stop the Interruptions

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #55 – Stop the Interruptions

By Tom Lambotte | November 10, 2020

One of the many benefits of using a Mac lies in its ability to customize its features, including notifications.

Setting up notification preferences on a Mac isn’t tricky. It is something that I’ve found beneficial in keeping my mind on my work and something I often recommend to my team members.

Email and Slack alerts are the most annoying and distracting when I’m trying to finish the task at hand. 

But, don’t worry, as always, I’ve got the solution!

One of the most important changes for me was managing email alerts, but all apps have options for notification preferences.

Here’s how to change your notification settings.

Enabling notifications

  1. Select the Apple menu icon
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Notifications
  4. Choose which applications and services to enable

Do Not Disturb

You can also pause them, in the same way, using the “Do Not Disturb” function. The Do Not Disturb function is a lifesaver that helps me stay sane every day. Sometimes, you simply need to unplug for an hour or two.

  1. Select the Apple menu icon
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Notifications
  4. Select Do Not Disturb
  5. Choose an option

Stopping notifications But, there are some apps you never want to have notify you in any way – so, just stop them altogether by following these simple steps.

  1. Select the Apple menu icon
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Notifications
  4. Deselect Allow Notifications for an app

Simple, right?  Now you will be able to focus on your work without those annoying dings and popups.

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  • November 10, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.