How to Enable Do Not Disturb in Mac OS X Using Keyboard Shortcut: Get Rid of Notifications with Ease

You can either use Mac OS X default keyboard shortcut or assign a customized one to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Here we have covered both the process, have a look.

Looking at the current scenario, almost everyone is connected to the internet through different social media websites, emails, and many others. We tend to keep receiving notifications from the same platforms, which might be personal at times. Whether you are reading on your Mac, working, or showcasing something to your family or friends; these notifications keep popping up and a few out of them might be private. Thanks to Apple, we can enable Do Not Disturb mode and prevent these notifications.

Most of the Mac users should already be aware on how to enable it from the Notification Center. It’s just a few clicks away on your Mac, but there are times when a highly private notification pops up, that’s the time when even a fraction of second matters. Luckily, there is a keyboard shortcut to do the job. In addition, you can assign your customized shortcut as well. It’s quite simple to do, just check out the details below.

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How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode using Mac OS X Default Keyboard Shortcut

Mac OS X has a default keyboard shortcut to enable Do Not Disturb mode. All you’ll need to do is press and hold “Option Key(Alt Key on Windows Keyboard)+click on Notification center button“.

Default Command to Enable Do Not Disturb on Mac

The Notification button will change color from white to gray, that’s the proof of Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.

Alternatively, you can assign your customized keyboard shortcut to do the same job. Check below how to do it.

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How to Enable Do Not Disturb using Customized Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X

Step #1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #2. Click on on Keyboard.

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Click on Keyboard in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on “Shortcuts” located among the four tabs at the top → Now from the left bar, tap on “Mission Control“.

Click on Mission Control in Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Step #4. From the right side menu, check the box near “Turn Do Not Disturb On/Off“. Now enter the combination of a key that you wish to assign a shortcut. If the box is already checked, then uncheck it and then check it again to assign the keyboard shortcut.

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Custom Command to Turn On and Off Do Not Disturb on Mac

After you have successfully assigned the keyboard shortcut, you’ll be able to enable Do Not Disturb mode right from your keyboard using the assigned combination of keys.

Watch out how to enable Do Not Disturb in Mac OS X:

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