What is this icon enter image description here in OS X menu bar and how do you remove it?

4 Answers 4


It is the Notification Center icon.

To remove the Notification Center, paste this script in AppleScript Editor and then run it...

display dialog "Notification Center" buttons {"Remove", "Display"} default button 2
if the button returned of the result is "Remove" then
    tell application "Terminal"
        set currentTab to do script ("launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist")
        delay 2
        do script ("killall NotificationCenter") in currentTab
        delay 3
        quit application "Terminal"
    end tell

    say "Notification Center has been removed successfully."

    tell application "Terminal"
        set currentTab to do script ("launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist")
        delay 5
        quit application "Terminal"
    end tell

    say "Notification Center has been restored successfully."

end if

Save this script as an application if you regularly want to remove or display notification center.


This is Notification Center icon. You can get rid of it using http://www.macbartender.com app.

  • 1
    Thanks for the pointer. I also found a command line approach osxdaily.com/2012/08/06/… Jul 17, 2014 at 10:05
  • That does more than remove the icon. It unloads Notification Center completely, which is not exactly the question you asked. Just wanted to clarify for future visitors.
    – samh
    Jul 17, 2014 at 16:40
  • @samh You're referring to MonoThreaded comment to be exact :) Accepted answer also removes NC completly not only the icon. Jul 17, 2014 at 16:50

You can disable it only with some tools, Bartender is not free, but a nice tool.

I think you will love NCBackgrounder - after the Installation you can disable Notification Center (or Customize it) and the best thing is - it's completely free.

I hope this works for you.


On Mac:

1) Click Chrome in your top menu bar. 2) Select Hide Notifications Icon from the drop-down menu.

  • I'm fairly certain this does not address the question being asked. Want to add some more detail so it doesn't get down voted?
    – Ian C.
    Jul 17, 2014 at 16:24

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