Pro Tip: Set your Mac to perpetual Do Not Disturb mode

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So many birthdays, man.
So many birthdays, man.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Pro_Tip_Cult_of_MacNotification Center on OS X seems like a great idea, most of the time, until you get a ton of notifications about things you really don’t care about all at once. You’ve got to click all the little “close” boxes, or click and drag the Notification banners to the right. It can be downright disconcerting.

You can turn on Do Not Disturb for 24 hours, after which it’ll default back to “Disturb.” You can hack your way in and turn off the feature altogether, but then you wouldn’t be able to see any Notifications, ever.

If you want the best of both worlds–Notifications that you can open the Center to see but that don’t pop onto your screen all the time–check out this cool tip.

First discovered over at OS X Daily, this is a pretty neat little trick.

Find Notifications icon in System Preferences.
Find Notifications icon in System Preferences.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Launch System Preferences on your Mac from the Dock or Apple Menu, then click on Notifications. Click on Do Not Disturb over in the left-hand pane.

Trick your Mac with this logical fallacy.
Trick your Mac with this logical fallacy.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Next, click on the Turn on Do Not Disturb checkbox to activate the scheduling feature. Set the first time-field to one minute ahead of the time you’ll set in the second box, like from 10:01 pm to 10:00 pm. Set both fields to trick OS X into always keeping the Do Not Disturb feature on.

That’s it, really: now you can quick System Preferences and go on about your day, comforted in the knowledge that you won’t get any more pop-out notification badges, but you’ll still be able to open Notification Center and see what you’ve been notified of. Hooray!

Via: OS X Daily