Managing Menu Bar Icons

The menu bar icons on the right side of your screen are added there by System Preferences, system extensions and apps. You control what is there by looking at those various sources and switching them on or off in the preference screen or app that owns the icon. You can move them around by dragging with the Command key held down. Order can be important as the leftmost icons may not be visible when running some apps.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Managing Menu Bar Icons”

    nassa
    2 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! But im having an issue here, when I click on the sound button in the menu bar I just get the volume slider ONLY. No choosing output option or sound in sys preferences. I’m on macOS 10.12.5, was you on the same version in this vid?

    2 years ago

    nassa: Try holding the Option key and clicking on the Sound icon.

    nassa
    2 years ago

    Clicking the option key works. But why should I if its working for you and others without clicking the option key? Is it a bug in my OS? I bought my MBP with El Capitan and upgraded thru the appstore to sierra 10.12.5 without any issue.

    2 years ago

    nassa: Showing volume only is normal. That’s what I see on my MBP too. Only if you have multiple output devices available will it show you more options.

    nassa
    2 years ago

    Aha… makes sense. Thanks!

    Debbie Shapiro
    2 years ago

    Can I make the menu bar icons larger?

    2 years ago

    Debbie: No, but if you are having trouble seeing them, then you are probably having trouble elsewhere too, and may want to adjust your Display settings to make everything larger.

    Jim
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Gary. Now I’ve cleaned up my menu bar! However, I would like to remove the modem icon (looks like a telephone) from the menu bar. When I click on Open Network Preferences, it takes me to the wi-fi preferences. I can’t find modem preferences anywhere.

    2 years ago

    Jim: Go to System Preferences, Network. Look on the left side and you will see a list of connection typed. Select one that is a modem. Then the checkbox at the bottom will change to “Show modem status in menu bar” and you can uncheck it.

    Linda Taylor
    2 years ago

    Thanks Gary! I like my new menu bar arrangement much better now. I have something simple to share at the senior center meeting next Sat. Yippee…

    Sandy
    2 years ago

    The Fantastical icon is on the far left. It disappears when an app is open. I want to move it to the right because I often add a reminder for meetings when Safari is open. Holding command did not budge the icon. I tried moving the Bluetooth icon left and when it went left of fantastical it disappeared with a “poof”. The keyboard icon did the same thing. Both added back to the right of Fantastical. :-(

    Lee Taylor
    2 years ago

    Nothing happens when I hold the “Command” key down! Am running OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan).

    2 years ago

    Lee: El Capitan is too old for this to work.

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