| The latest macOS from Apple, macOS Big Sur, brings the Control Center feature to the Mac. With a single click, you can display a panel containing buttons and sliders that you can use to customize and change certain system settings. iOS offers a different way to access these settings, such as volume, brightness, and toggling Bluetooth and wi-fi: Control Center.
By default, Control Center contains controls for some basic features on your Mac. For example, if you click on the blue circle icon, you can enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop, and if you click elsewhere in each of those sections – as the name suggests – you unlock more controls for each of these services. For example, click Wi-Fi to see options for different Wi-Fi networks. Here’s how to use Control Center on macOS Big Sur.
How to Access More Controls in macOS Big Sur Control Center
1. Icon for Control Center is at the top right of the Menu Bar. To access it, just click once.
2. From here, you can pause or skip the currently playing song. You can also drag the slider for display or sound to change the value. If you click on the display icon, it expands the menu, and you see more in-depth options like
Dark Mode, Night Shift and True Tone.
3. To enable or disable
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, and Do Not Disturb, click the little icon. If you click on its name, it will zoom in and give you deeper control.
For example, except for the icon, if you click anywhere on Wi-Fi, it will open on the card and allow you to switch networks or even open Network Preferences. The same goes for Bluetooth. To return to Control Center, click on the top row with name options (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.)
By now, you might have thought you could do this with the icons in the Menu Bar in earlier versions of macOS. And you will be right. However, one nice addition is the ability to enable, disable, and change AirDrop settings.
If you have multiple Apple devices and rely heavily on wireless transfers, this is a handy option. Besides, having everything neatly in one place is invaluable. Now, let’s take a look at how to modify the Mac’s Control Center according to our needs.
How to Use Control Center on macOS Big Sur
1. Open System Preferences. You can use the Dock or click on the Apple logo and select it.
2. Click on Dock & Menu Bar.
3. On the left side, there is a sidebar. All listed under the title
Control Center cannot be removed from Control Center. But you can choose to show or hide it from Menu Bar. To do this, click an option, such as Wi-Fi and check or uncheck the box for Show in Menu Bar.
4. Once you scroll down the left sidebar, there is a title called
Other Control Center Mod. This is where you can make adjustments. You can click on one of them, such as Accessibility Shortcuts or Battery, and select Show in Control Center. For battery, you might also see a feature of showing percentage in Menu Bar.
5. Finally, the left sidebar has a title called Menu Bar Only. It has Spotlight and Siri. As the name implies, this option cannot be added to the Control Center. However, you can choose to enable or disable it from the Menu Bar.
Now follow the steps below to drag and pin options from Control Center to the top Menu Bar.
1. Launch Control Center by clicking on the icon.
2. Now, just drag and drop options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Keyboard Brightness, etc., to the Menu Bar.
3. If you are having trouble, hold on Command key then try drag and drop. If you are still having trouble, expand options like Wi-Fi. Then place your mouse pointer in an empty area (like between the word Wi-Fi and the button). Next, it will be easy to drag it to the Menu Bar
4. To change the position of the icons on the Menu Bar, hold down Command key and drag left or right
5. To remove an option from the top Menu Bar, hold down Command key and drag it down to the desktop. You will hear a woosh sound (if Mac is turned on). You can repeat this for other icons. It lets you have a very clean top bar. All the utility options that you use frequently are in Control Center.
That’s how to use and customize Control Center in macOS Big Sur. Hopefully this article is useful for you and thank you for visiting.