Silence Notifications on Your Mac

The Mac's built-in Notification Center is a great way to keep up to date on what's going on with your email, Facebook, Twitter accounts and more. But yesterday I was attending a presentation where the presenter had email notifications popping up every few minutes which was distracting. Also I have friends who sometime use creative language in their emails and I don't need that popping up on the screen and broadcasted to a hundred people.

The good news is Apple included an easy way to temporarily turn off notifications for situations just like this. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Notifications.

    I have a Magic Track Pad so my favorite way to open Notifications is dragging two fingers from the very right hand side of the trackpad to the center, but if you prefer you can simply press the Notifications button in the very right hand side of the menubar.

  2. With your cursor inside the notifications area, scroll downwards.

    When you scroll down you'll discover a new area in Notifications with a On/Off switch marked "Show Alerts and Banners".

  3. Click on the Click the On/Off switch to turn Notifications temporarily off for the rest of the day.

Screen shot of Notifications with "Show Alerts and Banners" set to Off. 

That's it!

If you find you need to turn Notifications off frequently then you can also use this one step technique.

  1. Hold down the Option key and click on the Notifications button in the Menubar.

    The Notifications button will turn grey to let you know it worked.

Screen shot of the Notifications button greyed out.