macOS Big Sur Notifications Center

One of the macOS features that has received a makeover in Big Sur is the Notifications Center. I don’t think I use the Notifications Center as much as some people, but it is there and does receive some use in my daily workflow. Here is what the new and improved Notifications Center looks like.

Notifications Center

You access the Notifications Center in Big Sur by clicking on the Day and Time icon at the top right corner of the screen:

As you can see, the Notifications Center has the Big Sur new look. The modules are all there, they have just taken on a new presentation which I really like. It is really easy to pick out each entry.

If you want to drill down into a module, just click on it and it does one of two things. It either expands showing a list of entries for that module:

Or, it will take you to the appropriate App for that module. If you click on the Calendar module, it opens the macOS Calendar. If you click on the Reminders module, it opens the Reminders App.

To Edit the Notifications Center modules, you click on the “Edit Widgets” link at the bottom of the window and you are taken to a screen similar to this one:

All you have to do to add a Widget is drag it over into the list on the right:

To remove a Widget, click on the little “X” in the upper left corner of the Widget and it is remove from the Notifications Center.

Now, if you don’t want a module to show up in Notifications Center at all, you can deactivate it in the Notifications System Preference Pane:

All you have to do us uncheck “Show in Notifications Center” and it is gone.


The new and improved Notifications Center in Big Sur is pretty cool. Most of the functionality is the same as previous macOS versions, but the new look and feel makes it easier to use.