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October 24, 2016 Mac Tricks , , ,

macOS Sierra: Add Widgets to Notification Center with Siri


Apple’s Notification Center displays an overview of alerts from apps and helps users keep track of various information about the day. You recent app notification are listed in the Notifications tab, while the widgets (such as your Calendar, Weather and Reminders) in the Today tab will provide a focused view of particular topics.

To open up Notification Center, click on its icon in the menu bar, or swipe left with two fingers form the right edge of your trackpad. You can click to switch between the tabs of Today and Notifications. To customize the notification, click the Notifications preferences icon in the bottom-right corner of Notification Center. To add, remove or rearrange available widgets, click the Edit button at the bottom of Today view.

Here comes the topic of this post: how to add an widget that is not offered in the custom list? The solution is to use Siri. The Mac version of voice assistant can do a lot of stuff, and one of them is to save the Siri queries as widgets in Notification Center.

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Here is how it works. First, you need to launch Siri by clicking on its icon in the Dock or the menu bar. Then ask Siri to perform certain tasks, like search for sport information, open up apps, locate a restaurant, and lots more. Anyway, the results will show up in the upper-right corner of the screen. And if there is a Plus sign (+) button appearing in your Siri results, it means you can save this result as a widget into Notification Center. So click on the Plus button, and the item will be pinned to the Today tab in your Notification Center. It will remain there until you remove it.

You can pin such things like sport web/local searches, notes,s cores, Twitter feeds, etc. Those pins will appear alongside your current widgets, and later you can rearrange them as you like. To remove a widget, just click the X button in its top-right corner.

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