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Call me a cranky old traditionalist, but when I switch on a feature called Do Not Disturb, the bottom line for me is that I’m not disturbed. Yet, when I activate the Do Not Disturb feature in macOS, the operating system continues to disturb me with notification pings and blangs – as listeners to recent episodes of the PC Pro Podcast will doubtless be aware (I’m very sorry).
This isn’t the way it’s meant to be. Do Not Disturb is meant to silence all those notification sounds, but it doesn’t seem to do the trick on my system.
So, how do you silence those irritating notification pings?
How to silence Mac notifications
If Do Not Disturb isn’t working for you either, then you can take control of notification sounds manually.
Click on the little speaker icon in the Menu bar at the top of the screen and select Sound Preferences at the bottom of the dropdown menu.
Now you’ll be presented with a window that includes a volume slider for Alerts. Drag that all the way down to the bottom to silence those nuisance email alerts etc.
You’ll have to manually restore the volume after you’ve recorded your podcast – or whichever activity you didn’t want to be disturbed during – but that’s preferable to apologising for Mac blangs every six seconds or throwing something through the Mac’s screen in frustration.
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