4 Best Ways to Manage Notifications on Mac
Push notifications on desktops inform us about events, news, meetings, and messages. However, with numerous apps competing for our attention, notifications have become a nuisance.
Too many notifications can break your focus and reduce productivity. Be aware of the notifications you receive and limit them to only the important ones. Here are 4 ways to manage notifications on Mac and minimize distractions.
If you are working on a project or watching a movie, you might want to disable notifications. macOS allows you to do that easily. Step 1: Click on the Control Center button on the menu bar. Then, click on the crescent-moon icon to enable Do Not Disturb.
Step 2: You can use Opt+Click shortcut on the date and time section on the menu bar to enable it.
2. Set App-Specific Notification Preference
If you want to reduce notification clutter, you can manage notifications for each app individually.
Step 1: Click on Apple Menu and open System Preferences.
Step 2: Open System Preferences and click ‘Notifications & Focus.’
Step 3: Open a list of apps that send notifications. Disable notification for a single app by selecting it and turning off the toggle next to Allow Notifications.
Step 4: Customize the Notifications style. Choose Alerts if you want persistent notifications that only go away when dismissed.
Step 5: Select where you want notifications to appear. If you don’t want notifications on the lock screen or in the notification center, uncheck those boxes. You can also disable notification sound and app badges.
Step 6: Click on the menu next to Show preview and select if you want notifications preview on the lock screen. You can also choose whether you want macOS to group notifications.
Step 7: At the bottom, you will find universal notification management settings for all apps. You can allow or disallow notifications when the display is locked, sleeping, or when you are sharing or mirroring your Mac’s display.
You might not want to disable notifications for certain apps. If these apps distract you, you can temporarily mute them instead.
Step 1: Open the Notification Center by swiping right to left or clicking on the date and time in the Menu Bar.
Step 2: Right-click on a notification and select the appropriate option.
4. Set up Auto Do Not Disturb Using Focus Mode
macOS lets you automatically enable Do Not Disturb mode using time, locations, or apps. You can create different focus profiles on Mac with different preferences. We’ll use the default focus profile, but you can learn more about using Focus Mode on Mac in our linked article.
Step 1: Open System Preferences and navigate to the ‘Notifications & Focus’ setting.
Step 2: Select Focus. macOS has already created a ‘Do Not Disturb’ profile for you.
Step 3: Automatically turn on Do Not Disturb by clicking the + icon and selecting your trigger. Create a time-based trigger by choosing ‘Add Time Based Automation.’
Step 4: Select the time when Do Not Disturb will be active and choose the days for this automation to work.
Step 5: You can create location and app-based triggers. For example, set a location-based trigger to automatically enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode when you reach the office.
Manage Notifications on Mac And Turn Off Unwanted Notifications
Take control of notifications with the solutions mentioned above. If you have any issues following the guide, let us know in the comments below, and we will answer your questions.
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