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How do I get rid of the Notification Center button in the menu bar in High Sierra?

It's that one in the far right:

I'd like the space it occupies to disappear too. Apparently it used to be possible to hide the icon but the space would remain.

Also, I want to continue using the Notification Center; currently I access it with a gesture on my trackpad.

The answers to Remove the Notification Center icon from the Menu Bar do not work for me in High Sierra.

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    Possible duplicate of Remove the Notification Center icon from the Menu Bar – IconDaemon Nov 23 '17 at 15:28
  • With the introduction of SIP, making changes like this has gotten a wee bit more complicated. The answer by walshie4 shows how to disable it. The answer by mulquin indicates you must disable SIP to make the change with launchctl that governs the appearance of this icon. A blank space will remain in that location, however - only the icon is removed. Remember to re-enable SIP when you are finished! – IconDaemon Nov 23 '17 at 15:34
  • @IconDaemon which answer are you referring to? edit oh you were talking about SIP, I already know how to disable SIP. Disabling SIP is not the answer to this question though. – theonlygusti Nov 23 '17 at 15:42
  • Do you want to disable notifications as well? or just remove icon? – jmh Nov 23 '17 at 15:51
  • @jmh just hide the icon, I'd like to be able to access the notifications centre by swiping on my trackpad – theonlygusti Nov 23 '17 at 16:16
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The Bartender app allows you to hide and rearrange menu bar icons - it may work for you.

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