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How to Permanently Disable Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion

Posted in How To, OS X on 18/01/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Mountain Lion’s Notification Center is a great feature for many users – but not everyone feels the same way! Some users find the feature annoying, and just want it to die. Fortunately, MacObserver notes there’s a simply way to make that happen by using a quick Terminal command.

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Here’s how it’s done: to permanently disable Notification Center, just fire up Terminal.app, and run the following command:

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

Once the command is executed, Notification Center’s icon will disappear from your Mac’s menu bar, and the feature will be sent into exile, never to annoy you again.

If you find that you miss Notification Center once it’s gone, getting it back is just as easy – just fire up Terminal once again, and enter this command to reverse your action:

launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist

After running the command, launch Finder, press Shift+CMD+G, and enter the /System/Library/CoreServices directory. Then, just launch Notification Center.app to set the service running once more.

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You can also disable Notification Center temporarily if you prefer. For more Notification Center tips and tricks, check out the juicy tidbits in Apple’s Notification Center Basics document.

For more helpful tips, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!



  • Daniel

    i disabled it(while running mountain lion 10.8) ! but while enabling it back(just to check) i see two notification center icons(with two sizes 3.9 MB and 3.3MB) in my finder(currently running mountain lion 10.8.3) and when selected 1st one(3.9MB), nc launched ! but after start-up its gone. i can launch it temporarily by just double-clicking on it. the other one (3.3MB) does nothing. i also noticed one icon named usernotificationcenter in my finder. help !!

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.