Menu Bar Notification Center icon

Have you ever wanted to change the menu bar icon for Notification Center on your Mac? As you can see from the screenshot above, I changed my icon to a moon icon. In this step-by-step video tutorial, I’ll show you what it takes for you to do the same.

Changing the Notification Center icon in the menu bar is a fairly simple task. It involves replacing the menu bar icon file with a new file, and restarting the menu bar. Although, the actual process is easy, it can be a a little tricky if you don’t know exactly where to go. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder

Step 2: Paste the following folder location in the Go to the folder box:


Step 3: Find the menuitemNormal.pdf file and create a backup copy

Step 4: Overwrite the menuitemNormal.pdf file with a file containing a different icon

  • You can download the moon icon version of menuitemNormal.pdf here.
  • You can download the original menuitemNormal.pdf here.
  • You can also make your own icon in an image editor that supports PDF output. You’ll want to use the original menuitemNormal.pdf as a starting spot for your modifications.

Step 5: Open Terminal and type the following:

killall SystemUIServer

killall SystemUIServer

The menu bar should flash as it restarts, and you should see the change on the Notification Center icon.

You can also completely remove the menu bar icon and retain Notification Center functionality by deleting the menuitemNormal.pdf from the folder altogether. If ever you want to return back to the default icon, simply replace menuitemNormal.pdf with the original version, and perform Step 5 again.

What do you think about my moon icon for Notification Center?

  • :(

    I downloaded Office 2016 for mac but it hasn’t changed at all. It’s only prettier but functionality wise there is no difference and the 2 finger scroll is quite stiff and not smooth like in safari and chrome and pages and still no pinch to zoom.

  • bd14u

    Ringers & Tone Upgrade for IOS 8 🙂

  • Guest

    Check out GeekTool its a really good way to make your laptop different.

  • Ace1

    i think this one should be noted:
    as SystemUIserver is an “app” so the correct one should be :
    hidden files must be shown.

    Cmd> defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder.

    • You are right. I shouldn’t assume that people leave their extensions hidden, and even if they did, it’s better form to include the verbose path. Editing, thanks.

  • Mike

    Use GeekTool to customize your home screen

    • Mike

      like this

  • sdhn

    Idea: when you activate Do Not Disturb mode on mac, the icon changes automatically to a moon icon..

  • Archena Dave

    Would this work for Macbook Air as well?

  • Logan

    I keep trying to create my own icon, but every time after i kill the systemUIServer it just leaves a blank space, i made sure it was a pdf file same name and whatnot, it just isn’t working like i hoped, the moon from you works perfectly fine, i tried that. Just not the icon i am trying to create myself. If you have any ideas please let me know!