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On Yosemite how can I turn off notifications on Yosemite while presenting or showing the screen to someone?

I know I can set the do not disturb for a time period but I was wondering if there is just an on off switch without having to set a time.

marked as duplicate by grg, Tetsujin, nohillside Aug 9 '15 at 6:47

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    did you try the Syst pref - Notifications, in there either use the Do Not Disturb -time or the when Mirroring ect... – Ruskes Aug 8 '15 at 21:13
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    That's it! I was looking on the Notifications tab. But they put the Do Not Disturb switch on the Today tab for some strange reason. – motionpotion Aug 8 '15 at 21:15
  • You can also use a keyboard shortcut-- find it in syst pref -keyboard shortcuts (and set it to what you like) to turn on/off. – Ruskes Aug 8 '15 at 21:20
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  • Simplest way is Option (⌥) + Click Notification Centre button; top right corner. It should make the NC dim. OnOff
  • Open NC then go to Today tab scroll up, it should show Do Not Disturb button, just turn it on. Do Not Disturb
  • @Buscar웃 said you can also turn on the keyboard shortcut.
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You can either use the System preferences- Notifications- and use one of the options there that suits your need to turn OFF.

Or you can use keyboard shortcuts, in the syst pref- keyboard- shortcuts, and assign a short cut that will turn On/Off the Notification (keyboard is faster) but you have to remember the short cut.

do not disturb

There is also this method https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/154563/46541

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