Use Do Not Disturb In OS X Mavericks Beta [OS X Tips]

Do Not Disturb

OS X Mavericks (named after a hot surfing spot in California) was released last week, and even though it may have been overshadowed by the iOS 7 announcement at the same time, there are bound to be some new things in the operating system we can tip you about.

Remember, though, that as with all beta software, OS X Mavericks isn’t a final version–it’s meant to be used by developers to ensure that when it’s released this fall, all the devs with apps on OS X will have had time to make tweaks to their current Mac software, and start integrating Mavericks stuff into their next bits of software.

That said, let’s take a look at how to enable the new Do Not Disturb toggle in OS X Mavericks beta.

When you click on the Notification Center icon in the upper right corner of your Mac’s screen, you’ll see the familiar gray linen background from OS X Mountain Lion. If you’re looking for a toggle switch to Show Alerts and Banners, though, you’ll miss it until you scroll up with your mouse or trackpad.

When you scroll up in OS X Mavericks beta, however, you’ll see Do Not Disturb, a feature that’s been on the iPhone since iOS 6. Clicking the Do Not Disturb toggle on your Mac will get rid of any lingering notifications that may have been sitting there, and will keep you from getting notifications on your Mac until the following day, assumedly at midnight.

You may also notice that there’s no Facebook button up at the top of the Notification Center, as there is in OS X Mountain Lion. In the Mavericks beta, there’s a button to open your Messages app, instead.

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  • HoIger

    Sorry, but there IS a working Facebook sharing button in Mavericks. At least on my clean installation. Maybe you just didn’t enable it in the settings? And for the records: “Do not disturb” was named like that during Mountain Lion Beta. Was renamed afterwards.

  • joewaylo

    Happy Father’s Day times 4

  • daov2a

    “OS X Mavericks (named by some idiot in marketing)” is how that first line should read.

  • wdowell

    Love it. “Tomorrow never comes” has a new meaning when you read “Will turn off tomorrow” !

  • christopher_ruehl

    This so called “feature” is already in OSX 10.8.4 and I use it a lot!!

    http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#notification
    “Show Notifications
    In Notification Center, swipe down to reveal the Show Notifications switch, which prevents banners and alerts from appearing in the upper-right corner of your screen. Notifications still appear when you open Notification Center.”

  • roblef

    And for the records: “Do not disturb” was named like that during Mountain Lion Beta. Was renamed afterwards.

    Weird, my 10.8.4 still shows “Show Alerts and Banners.

  • roblef

    Sorry, but there IS a working Facebook sharing button in Mavericks. At least on my clean installation. Maybe you just didn’t enable it in the settings? And for the records: “Do not disturb” was named like that during Mountain Lion Beta. Was renamed afterwards.

    Yeah, maybe. I’ll give it a look tonight.

  • HoIger
    And for the records: “Do not disturb” was named like that during Mountain Lion Beta. Was renamed afterwards.

    Weird, my 10.8.4 still shows “Show Alerts and Banners.

    You got me wrong. It was named “Do not disturb” during the OS Beta. Before it went RTM it was renamed to “Show alerts and banners” and that’s what it is until now.

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