How to View the Notification Center on Mac

Notifications in the macOS Big Sur action centerKhamosh Pathak

Notification Center on Mac is home to all of your app’s notifications and widgets. You can use Action Center to interact with notifications or use widgets. Here’s how to view action center on Mac.

How to display the action center from the menu bar

Action Center is part of your Mac’s menu bar. If you’re using macOS 10.15 Catalina or earlier, you can click the action center icon in the right edge of the menu bar to open action center.

Access action center in macOS Catalina and earlierApple

If your Mac is working macOS 11 Big Sur or newer, click the date and time in the menu bar to display the action center.

Click on Time in the Mac menu bar to open the action center

This will expand the notification center and you will be able to see all notifications and widgets.

Extended Action Center in macOS Big Sur

To close the side menu, click anywhere outside of the action center.

How to show action center using the trackpad gesture

If you’re using a Mac with a trackpad, getting to Action Center is just a tap away.

Using your trackpad, simply swipe up from the right edge with two fingers.

Swipe with two fingers on the trackpad to open action center on MacApple

To exit the action center, click anywhere outside the slideout menu.

How to display action center using a keyboard shortcut

If you’re using keyboard shortcuts, here’s the good news: you can set up a single shortcut that will show or hide the action center.

To do this, click on the Apple icon in the menu bar and select the “System Preferences” option.

Select System Preferences from the Apple menu in Big Sur

Then go to the “Keyboard” section.

Click Keyboard in System Preferences on macOS Big Sur

Here, go to the “Shortcuts” tab. In the sidebar, choose the option “Mission Control”.

Now click on the check mark next to the “Show action center” option. You will be able to create a unique shortcut for the action center.

Set the keyboard shortcut for action center

Once added, use the shortcut to quickly open or close the action center.

Did you like using the action center keyboard shortcut? Here is how you can create custom keyboard shortcuts for any Mac application.

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