How to Customise the Control Centre in macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur brings a bunch of impressive new features to the Mac. Along with all those features, there are also some changes, such as the new Control Centre that is now also available on your Mac. By default, the Control Centre is populated with controls that Apple thinks will be most useful for people. However, you can obviously customise it to your liking. If that’s what you want to do, here’s how to customise Control Centre in macOS 11.

How to Customise Control Centre in macOS Big Sur

Customising the macOS Control Centre goes two ways. You may want to add new items to the Control Centre, or you might want to pin some control centre items to the menu bar on your Mac. Either way, we have you covered. However, in order to make things easier for you, we are splitting this article into two sections. So you can just head over to the section that deals with the customisation you want.

Customising the Control Centre

First off we will start with actually customising the control centre on your Mac. Doing this is pretty simple thanks to the Dock & Menu Bar preference pane in macOS 11. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Open System Preferences and click on ‘Dock & Menu Bar’.

go to dock menu bar preferences in system settings

  • In the sidebar you will see a “control centre” segment with options like WiFi, Bluetooth, DND, AirDrop, among other commonly used functions on your Mac. These are functions you can’t remove from your control centre. It is Apple, after all, and giving users full control isn’t Apple’s forte.
  • Jokes aside, below these options you will see a section titled ‘Other Modules’. Here you can add or remove additional control centre modules.

Show Accessibility Options in Control Centre and Menu Bar

  • Click on ‘Accessibility Shortcuts’. You can now check/uncheck the boxes next to ‘Show in Menu Bar’ and/ or ‘Show in Control Centre’ to hide or show accessibility shortcuts within control centre and the menu bar based on your preference.

Show Battery or Battery Percentage in Control Centre and Menu Bar

  • Under the same ‘Other Modules’ section, click on ‘Battery’. Similar to accessibility shortcuts you can check/ uncheck boxes next to ‘Show in Menu Bar’ and/ or ‘Show in Control Centre’ to hide or show battery level in your menu bar and control centre. Moreover, you can check the box next to ‘Show Percentage’ to have your Mac display battery percentage alongside the battery icon.

Show User Switching Option in Control Centre

  • If you use multiple user accounts on your Mac, this is something that can come in very handy for you. You can show the fast user switching option in the menu bar and/ or control centre by just checking the respective boxes. Then you can easily switch users whenever you need to without having to go to the Apple menu and logging out before switching to another user.

Pinning Items from Control Centre to Menu Bar

On the other hand if you simply want to pin some control centre icons to the menu bar on your Mac, that’s even easier than actually customising the control centre. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Click on the control centre icon on the top right of your menu bar to open the control centre.
  • Now click and hold on the option you want to pin to the menu bar, and then drag it out to the menu bar. Once it’s in the place where you want it, just let go of it and it will get pinned there.

That was easy right?

Easily Customise Control Centre in macOS Big Sur

So that’s how you can customise the control centre in macOS Big Sur to make it work according to your needs. True there are some functions like WiFi and Bluetooth that you can’t remove from the control centre even if you want to, but honestly, those are features that you likely use quite often and it makes sense to have them on hand whenever you may need to use them. Personally, I have kept Bluetooth and WiFi pinned to my menu bar. So, what do you think about the new control centre in macOS 11? Let us know in the comments. We also have a bunch of other articles related to macOS Big Sur that you should check out:

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