How To  Removing Shortcuts from the Control Center on MacOS

For MacOS users, the Control Center is a pivotal feature for quick access to system controls and applications. However, like the menu bar, it can become crowded with shortcuts. This guide outlines how to declutter your MacOS Control Center by removing shortcuts you don’t frequently use.

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Accessing the Control Center

To start, click on the Control Center icon in the menu bar. It’s typically located at the top right corner of your screen, represented by two toggles.

Understanding Control Center Customization

The Control Center in MacOS provides a centralized spot for system controls like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop, along with media playback controls and more. Customizing what appears here can streamline your interactions with your Mac.

Removing Individual Shortcuts from the Control Center

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or your Dock.
  2. Navigate to the Dock & Menu Bar settings.
  3. On the left side, you will see a list of items that can appear in the Control Center.
  4. Click on the item you wish to remove from the Control Center.
  5. Uncheck the option ‘Show in Control Center’. This will remove the specific shortcut from the Control Center.
  6. Repeat these steps for each shortcut you want to remove.

Additional Customization Options

  • Adding Shortcuts Back: If you want to add a shortcut back to the Control Center, simply re-check ‘Show in Control Center’ in the Dock & Menu Bar settings.
  • Rearranging Icons: While the Control Center doesn’t offer as much flexibility as the menu bar for rearranging icons, you can prioritize the order in which they appear by selectively adding and removing them.


Customizing the Control Center in MacOS allows you to keep essential controls at your fingertips while avoiding unnecessary clutter. By selectively managing the shortcuts and controls that appear, you can enhance the functionality and efficiency of your MacOS experience. Explore the various settings to tailor the Control Center to your needs, making your interactions with MacOS more streamlined and enjoyable.