Min­imis­ing dis­trac­tions

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I need to work for long pe­ri­ods un­in­ter­rupted, and I try to min­imise the vis­ual clutter on my desk­top as much as pos­si­ble. In Yosemite, I used a ‘launchctl un­load’ com­mand to re­move the No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre icon from the menu bar. Since up­grad­ing to El Cap­i­tan, this trick no longer works. Do you have a work­around? James Goodrich

The Ter­mi­nal com­mand ‘launchctl un­load -w /Sys­tem/Li­brary/ LaunchA­gents/com.ap­ple. no­ti­fi­ca­tion­cen­terui.plist’ stops No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre load­ing, and ‘kil­lall No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter’ will halt the ser­vice that is al­ready run­ning by the time you reach the desk­top. How­ever, that just pre­vents no­ti­fi­ca­tions ap­pear­ing; the menu bar icon will re­main.

A more com­pre­hen­sive way to deal with menu bar clutter is Bar­tender, which is com­pat­i­ble with El Cap­i­tan. This util­ity costs about £10 from macbar­tender.com, and there’s a free, four-week trial version.

I’m sure you al­ready know this, but it would be re­miss of me not to men­tion that the best way to work with­out any in­ter­rup­tions is to turn on Do Not Dis­turb. The quick­est method is to hold å and then click No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre’s icon so that it be­comes dimmed. Op­tion­ally, also switch the main app you want to use to full-screen mode to fo­cus on it.

Also, now that El Cap­i­tan can dis­play two full‑screen apps side by side, you can, for ex­am­ple, have your word pro­ces­sor open on one side of the screen and Sa­fari on the other to more eas­ily re­search and write.

Split View in El Cap­i­tan min­imises dis­trac­tions while en­abling you to use two apps at once.

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