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.