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Turn on macOS’ Do Not Disturb in One Click with This Shortcut


Do you seek to increase your computing efficiency? It’s always nice when you can cut down on any unnecessary clicks during the course of your day. With one simple trick, you can reduce activating Do Not Disturb by two clicks.

Normally, to activate Do Not Disturb on macOS, you have to click the upper-right corner to open the notification center, scroll up to show the Do Not Disturb button, turn on Do Not Disturb, and then close the notification center–three clicks and a scroll.

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While this isn’t necessarily an arduous process, there is a much easier way. Press and hold the Option key, then click the notification area. Do Not Disturb will instantly be turned on or off.

You don’t need to open the notification center to verify, either–you can tell whether it’s on or off by its color. If Do Not Disturb is on the icon will be greyed out. If it is off, then it will be black.

On the left, DND is on, and on the right, it is off.

It’s always nice when you can find a new, lesser known way of of saving time or unlocking a secret, like using Option+Shift to change the volume or brightness in smaller increments, or using the Terminal to change screenshot file type.

While it might not seem like you’re cutting a ton of work out of your routine, if you put this and any other shortcuts you know together, it definitely adds up over time.

Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and died-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.


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