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I would like to remove the Notification Center icon like I could in Yosemite.

I'd like to not see it in the menu bar (to the right of the spotlight icon).

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    How did you do it in Yosemite? What happens when you try that method now? It might be helpful if you post some screen shots and elaborate more. – Caleb Kleveter Oct 23 '15 at 15:19
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    Seems pretty obvious the OP wants to modify the icons in their Mac menu bar, no? @CalebKleveter – bmike Oct 23 '15 at 17:09
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    @bmike, it wasn't obvious until I read your comment. Thanks for the explanation. – Caleb Kleveter Oct 23 '15 at 17:18
  • In yosemite the command: launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist removed the icon. In El Capitan the above command simply disables the icon from working but leave it in the menu. @CalebKleveter – jen nemo Oct 24 '15 at 19:33
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So you can easily disable it with

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist; killall NotificationCenter

You can remove the icon with

sudo rm /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/Resources/menuitemNormal.pdf 

but the blank space will remain. There is an app called Bartender I've seen a few people promoting to fix this issue.

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    Bartender cannot remove the Notification Center, it just tells you to do the same thing as what @mulquin suggested. – Samuel Lindblom Nov 13 '17 at 10:06
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    Is it possible to remove that blank space yet? – theonlygusti Nov 23 '17 at 15:43
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To follow on @walshie4's answer above: The second command will not execute with El Capitan due to System Integrity Protection.

You must first boot into recovery mode, start a terminal and execute the following:

csrutil disable; reboot

Also note that after deleting the menuItemNormal.pdf file, the area is still a blank clickable space.

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