How to Hide the New MacBook Pro's Notch

Jerome Peng
Last updated: Oct 28, 2021
Summary: Don't like the notch on your new MacBook Pro? Want to hide it? Read this blog and learn how to make it disappear from your screen in 3 ways.

Apple brought the iPhone's notch to the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. The notch is designed to house the camera and other sensors, but it also makes your MacBook Pro look ugly. If you're the one who doesn't like it, then check out this blog to learn how to hide it from your screen.

How to Hide the New MacBook Pro's Notch

Hide MacBook Pro's Notch in Full-Screen Mode

According to Apple, when macOS apps are in full-screen mode, the system automatically places a black bezel at the top of the display. This method makes the notch invisible and does not hide your essential information.

In addition, to prevent apps from inadvertently placing content in the notch area, Apple has released a new macOS compatibility mode. To activate this feature, you can right-click the app icon in Applications, select Get Info, and check the box next to Scale to fit below built-in camera. When you relaunch the app, you will find that the menu bar is placed under the notch.

Open Compatibility Mode of App

Hide MacBook Pro's Notch Using Third-Party App

The above method is limited to full-screen mode only, then how to hide the notch in non-full-screen mode?

Actually, you can use a third-party app to help you. TopNotch is just the tool you need to make the notch invisible automatically. All you need to do is to install it on your MacBook Pro and activate it. It will automatically add a black bar to your wallpaper.


How to Hide MacBook Pro's Notch with Wallpapers

Another way to hide the MacBook Pro's notch is to use wallpaper. You simply use wallpaper with a black background or wallpaper with the top half in black. Since the wallpaper is approximately black, it makes the notch unnoticeable. But in fact, the notch is still there.

Hide the New MacBook Pro's Notch with Wallpapers


The notch feature makes the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro thinner than the previous 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. If you really don't like it, try the above methods to make it disappear from your screen.

Jerome is a passionate enthusiast of all things Apple. He is expertise in crafting tech-related articles, with a portfolio of more than 100 articles covering various Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.