Simple MacOS Settings to Help You Stay Focused

Activating Do Not Disturb is not the only setting that can help in saving you from distractions on your Mac. A couple of other changes are also available that can help you in making your focus steady. These tweaks are mostly helpful when your aim is single-tasking.


Enable Single Application Mode

Maximizing active window or going full screen will hide distracting apps behind it. In spite of doing that, you can hide all the apps except the current one with keyboard shortcut Option+Cmd+H.

If you want to minimize all the Windows of the active app, try shortcut Option+ Cmd+M.

Wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could minimize all the apps automatically. This is possible with single application mode built in macOS. To enable this, Open Terminal app, paste the respective bit of code and hit Enter. Try switching Apps now. You will see that the app you have switched to is the only visible app.

If you want to fade out windows instead of hiding them, try a dimmer app like HazeOver. You can use Hocus Focus for free if you want to hide only the inactive app screens.

Enable Parental Controls

It is not necessary to be a parent for taking advantage of your Mac’s Parental Controls feature. It will help you in filtering out distracting websites like the Facebook, Limiting the screen time and restricting the access to non-work apps. To enable parental control,

  1. Go to System Preferences and then Parental Controls.
  2. Select the user account that you want to restrict and now click on Enable Parental Controls Button.
  3. You will then see a bunch of tabs with various settings to control macOS behavior.
  4. Settings are quite easy to understand and will have no issue tweaking them for setting up the perfect environment.

If you do not want to fiddle with Parental Controls. You can still block desktop apps and websites from your primary account with Focus that comes with a free trial. The app sits in the menu bar and allows you to trigger app and website blocking with some clicks. Focus also includes Pomodoro timer and inspiring quotes.

Switch to Grayscale Mode

The screen overloaded with a gray blanket can take all the fun of using Mac unless you are interested in the new retro look. Dampening impacts of all colorful elements on screen may just be what you need to stay focused at work. This can be achieved with a switch to your Mac’s grayscale mode. Just go to System Preferences, then Accessibility and finally Display. Just select the Use grayscale checkbox.

Use Safari Reader Everywhere.

Safari Reader view is a quick way to cover all shiny buttons, toolbars, and links that distract you from the primary content of web pages. To bring this view up, Click on View>Show Reader or on Show Reader View button in address bar. There is a shortcut available.

  1. System Preferences>Keyboard>Shortcuts>App Shortcuts.
  2. Enable reader view to show automatically for all websites
  3. .To do this, Open (Cms+Comma) and switch to Websites tab.
  4. Choose Reader from the sidebar and set When visiting other websites drop-down menu to On.

Develop a ‘Panic Button’ App to Quit All the Apps at Once.

  1. Open Automator app.
  2. Click on the New Document button within Finder dialog.
  3. Select Application as your document type.
  4. From Actions library in the sidebar, click on Utilities.
  5. Drag and drop the Quit All Applications to the empty right-hand segment.
  6. Here you will see Do not quit option where you can list certain apps which you want your new app to leave alone.
  7. Use the Add button to add them one by one.
  8. Click on File, then save to save the app to a location where you want.
  9. Once you have saved app, drag its icon to Dock.
  10. Click on icon whenever you want to sit down to work and start with the clear screen

Carl Smith is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at


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