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Using Do Not Disturb (macOS)

When you need to focus on a specific task, or just want to hide notifications on your Mac, you can turn on Do Not Disturb. You don’t see or hear notifications as they arrive, but they’re collected in Notification Center, where you can view them later.

Temporarily turn on Do Not Disturb

  • On your Mac, press and hold the Option key while you click the Notification Center icon  in the menu bar.The icon is dimmed to show Do Not Disturb is on. It stays on until midnight or until you turn it off, or until it’s scheduled to turn off (as specified in Notifications preferences).

Schedule Do Not Disturb

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Notifications.
  2. Select Do Not Disturb at the top of the sidebar.You can stop notifications during a time period, when your Mac is in sleep (useful if you sleep near your Mac), or when you project the screen (for example, if you’re giving a presentation).If you want to receive call notifications even when Do Not Disturb is on, select the call checkboxes.

Creating a New Apple ID without a Credit Card

USD 497 Technology Services and the Lawrence Education Association (LEA) recommend creating an Apple ID for professional use.

On Your MacBook

  1. Open the App Store and find a free app.
  2. Click the Get button, then click Install.
  3. When you’re asked to sign in with an Apple ID, click Create Apple ID.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions. When you’re asked for payment information, choose None as the payment type. See what to do if None isn’t showing or you can’t select it.
  5. After you enter your information, you’ll be asked to verify a trusted phone number if you’re eligible to use two-factor authentication. Otherwise, you’ll be asked to verify your Apple ID by email. You must verify your Apple ID before you can begin using it.

On Your iPad or iPhone

  1. Open the App Store app and find a free app.
  2. Tap the Get button.
  3. When you’re asked to sign in with an Apple ID, tap Create New Apple ID.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions. When you’re asked for payment information, choose None. See what to do if None isn’t showing or you can’t select it.
  5. After you enter your information, you’ll be asked to verify a trusted phone number if you’re eligible to use two-factor authentication. Otherwise, you’ll be asked to verify your Apple ID by email. You must verify your Apple ID before you can begin using it.

Click here for more about creating an Apple ID.

Backing up your MacBook with Google File Stream

Look for Google Drive File Stream in your Mac’s top menu bar. It’s a white triangle inside a dark square. If it’s there, skip to Accessing Files below.

Configuring Google Drive File Stream the first time

Google Drive File Stream may already be installed on your computer. Click Launchpad (rocket icon) and look for Google Drive File Stream. Or click the Finder desktop, click the Go menu at the top of the screen and choose Applications. The app must include the words File Stream. If you found it, open and skip to 3 below.

  1. Download Google Drive File Stream through the Manager app.
  2. Open Google Drive File Stream from the Launchpad or Applications folder (see above).
  3. Was a system extension blocked? Click Open Security Preferences (or click the Apple menu, choose System Preferences and Security & Privacy). Click Allow. Now restart the computer and open Google Drive File Stream from the Launchpad or Applications folder again.
  4. Click the Google Drive File Stream icon in the top menu bar and sign into Google Drive with your email address and password.
  5. Google Drive is added to the desktop. You can also add it to the dock – just drag it from the desktop to the right side of the dock near the trash.
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Accessing files in your Google Drive

  1. Click the Google Drive icon in the menu bar, desktop or sidebar. Can’t find it? Click the Launcher (rocket icon), then open Google Drive File Stream (make sure it says File Stream). If you have trouble, see Configuring the first time above.
  2. Your files are inside My Drive, which is in the Google Drive icon. Copy files & folders to your Google Drive and they are uploaded. You can then delete the original copies. Create folders inside and organize just like any drive. You may also save files directly to Google Drive from any application – it’s a drive in the left side bar of open & save windows.
  3. Folders with a cloud icon are available as long as you’re online. Files will be automatically downloaded when you open them, and uploaded when you save.
  4. Need to access files when you don’t have internet? You can choose folders for offline-access. Hold the Control key and click a folder inside your Google Drive. Choose Drive File Stream and Available Offline. Any changes you (or others) make will not be updated until you’re connected to the internet again. Be selective about which files/folders you make available offline.
  5. Collaborate with Shared Folders. When you add items to a folder, they’re shared with other people. Be careful: removing items may delete them from other people’s computers & devices. You’ll need to sign into Google Drive on the web and add shared folders to your drive. Learn how to share folders.
  6. Google Drive Docs are special icons that open in a web browser so you can edit Google Docs, Sheets & Slides on the web.
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