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I use Apple's iMessage across several devices, including my (OS X Lion) Mac, using the recent Messages beta.

However, the application has some undesired behaviour.

When I quit Messages, it will relaunch itself when I receive new messages. This is incredibly distracting.

Is there a way to temporarily disable or mute iMessage (including the badge on the Dock) from just my Mac? I'd still like to receive messages on my other iOS devices.

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Why do you want to disable the app and not just remove it? –  Michiel Jun 6 '12 at 8:12
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I enjoy using the app, it's helpful, and I'm a frequent user of the iMessage service. But there are times when I need to get some work done, and the frequent sounds, badges, and dock bounces aren't helping my concentration. –  Redandwhite Jun 6 '12 at 9:51

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On the Messages menubar, go to Messages-> Accounts and uncheck iMessages.

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This solutions works. Many thanks! –  Redandwhite Jun 6 '12 at 10:04

In Messages, unselect the "Use Alerts in this Conversation" option in the View menu. This should enable iMessages without the sounds.

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I like this option to mute that person basting you with messages. (Thanks for the edit @patrix) –  iDev247 Feb 5 at 20:55

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