How to Customize Notification Center on Mac

macOS Big Sur has launched a visual refresh for Mac users. Alongside a new Finder menu, translucent effect in the app sidebar, and new icons, Notification Center has received a major update. Unlike iOS and iPadOS, Notification Center on Mac combines notifications as well as widgets. Read on to master Notification Center on Mac.

Notification Center on Mac consolidates all data from various apps and stores them in one place. You can also add Apple’s built-in widgets or third-party widgets of different sizes. You can even use Notification Center to turn on your Mac’s Do Not Disturb mode.

Access Notification Center on Mac

Notification Center is located on the right side of the Mac. There are two ways to access it easily on Mac.

  • Go to the top right corner of your Mac Menu bar and click the date/time to open the menu.
  • If you’re using a trackpad with your Mac, move two fingers near the right edge of the pad and swipe left to activate Notification Center. You can swipe right to close the menu. This trick also works with third-party apps.

Customize Notification Center on Mac

It’s pretty easy to clear the clutter in the default Notification Center on Mac. The problem lies in the way macOS handles notifications. It will notify you about incoming notifications, but macOS will not turn them off when you read them from the app. Notifications stay in Center until you open them from Notification Center.

If you have more than one notification from an app, the notifications are grouped. For example, if you have News alerts active, notifications are grouped for each news release, and if you click one, the grouping expands so you can see all notifications.

Group notification on Mac

Just click on the group notifications to expand it. Also, if you hover over a notification, a Delete button will appear at the bottom left that you can use to dismiss it.

Use System Preferences Menu

Similar to iOS, Apple also allows you to customize the notification type on Mac. If you use Outlook and Slack all day, you don’t need Notification Center to handle upcoming notifications. Follow the steps below to customize them from the System Preferences menu on Mac.

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Stage 1: Use Command + Space and open the Spotlight Search menu.

Step 2: Medicine System Preferences and open the menu.

Stage 3: Go to Notifications > and select the app you want to customize.

System Preferences

Step 4: You can choose from None, Headlines or Alerts. Enable badge icons. Or completely disable Notification for the app.

Adding or Removing Widgets from Notification Center

Widgets got a big boost with the macOS Big Sur update. You can add, resize or remove widgets from the notification center. Several third-party apps are already available with widget support, and more app developers are adding widgets for their macOS apps.

By default, you will see some of the 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.

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.

add widget

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.

Remove Widgets from Notification Center

Removing widgets from Notification Center is pretty easy. Open Notification Center and right-click (if you’re using a mouse) or double-click the trackpad. Select Remove widget from the drop-down menu below.

remove widget on mac

You can also change the widget size from the same menu.

Manage Notifications Intelligently

Notification Center has gotten a facelift, but it takes a while to customize it. The best part is that you can also disable certain options if you don’t intend to use them at all. This is because Notification Center has the potential to be used sparingly to save time. So go ahead and customize the Notification Center experience on your Mac.

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