How to Add Widget in Notification Center on Mac

Apple’s annual major update release cycle is pretty well known and people are looking forward to them. This year, Apple’s macOS Big Sur is already causing disagreements and fluctuations among Mac users. The new Big Sur update is packed with features, from cosmetic facelifts to a few hidden fixes. Among them, customization and the ability to add widgets to the Mac’s notification panel is probably everyone’s favorite add-on.

For many years, you may have noticed that the default macOS notification panel has remained almost the same. This will change with the new Big Sur update as it brings visual improvements and neat styling tweaks to the default icons.

Apple is finally starting the transition to bridge the gap between iOS and macOS. Both iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur are a step in the right direction, combining both operating systems on multiple levels.

Along with the widget improvements on the iPhone, you can take advantage of similar changes to the widgets on the Mac.

This post will talk about how to add and customize widgets in Notification Center on a Mac running macOS Big Sur.

Where are Widgets on Mac

Widget support in Big Sur on Mac is limited to first-party apps only. Third-party developers will need to update their offerings with widget support on Mac.

Turn on your Mac and tap the day/time in the top right corner. The system will open the notification panel. Before macOS Big Sur, Apple used to divide the panel into widgets and notification options. Now it’s all combined under one menu.

How to Add Widget to Notification Center on Mac

By default, you will see some default calendar and weather widgets in the notification panel. Follow the steps below to add more widgets to the Mac notification panel.

Stage 1: Turn on your Mac and tap the day/time in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Scroll down and click Edit Widgets.

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Edit widgets

Stage 3: A new menu tray will open on the left with all the supported widgets for Mac. Widgets are divided into three sizes – Small, Medium and Large. Select the corresponding size and you will see the live preview of the widget on the screen.

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Step 4: When you hover the mouse over the widget, you will see a live ‘+’ icon to add the widget to the notification panel.

Step 5: Alternatively, you can drag and drop the widget onto the notification panel.

You can also use drag and drop to navigate between widgets in the Mac notification panel.

How to Remove Widgets from Notification Center on Mac

Apple offers three sizes of widgets to add to the notification panel. And it can be easy to fill the space with unwanted widgets. You can easily remove irrelevant widgets from Mac by following the steps below.

Stage 1: Turn on your Mac and tap the day/time in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Scroll down and click Edit Widgets.

Stage 3: On the right you will find all widgets added on Mac.

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Step 4: Select the ‘-‘ icon in the upper left corner, it will remove the widget from the notification panel.

Removing Widgets from Notification Center

Removing widgets is pretty simple. Right-click the widget you want to remove, and then select Remove widget from the drop-down menu.

First Experience with Widgets on macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur widgets are strictly view-only. You don’t have action buttons in the widget to add notes/reminders/events from the widget. If you try to interact with the widget, it launches the corresponding application directly.

You won’t find a native weather widget for Mac. Touching the weather widget for more details will open a new weather tab in the browser.

The Apple Notes widget is my favorite from the bunch. You can simply tap the note and open the full note in the Notes app on Mac.

Customize Control Center

While Apple offers its iOS and iPadOS apps to run on Mac, there are also a few features that come with the new macOS Big Sur.

You’ll see the iOS Control Center debut in macOS Big Sur. Tap on the Control Center icon in the menu bar and a similar menu will open like iPhone.

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You will find all the relevant options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Do Not Disturb, Screen brightness, Screen Mirroring, Sound and more.

Similar to iOS, you can also customize this menu. Follow the steps below to customize Control Center on Mac.

Stage 1: Tap Control Center in the Mac menu bar.

Step 2: You will see your standard options arrangement in the Control Center.

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Stage 3: Now go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar.

Step 4: Go to Control Center and you can disable toggles from the menu bar and even add new options like Battery in Control Center.

Customize control center

You can use the menu to fully customize the Control Center experience.

Customize Your Mac

Now that you know how to easily add widgets to the notification panel, you can further customize your Mac. I mostly use the Apple Notes & Reminders widget to quickly take a look at recent notes and the to-do list for the day. What are your favorite widgets in macOS Big Sur? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

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