How To Un-Clutter Your Mac’s Menu Bar [OS X Tips]

menu bar de-clutter

I swear, the more I learn about the Mac OS X operating system, the more there is to know!

There are so many little hidden key strokes on the Mac that help you do all sorts of things, and there’s really no way to find them out.

This little gem is something I just found out today, and I’ve been sending you OS X Tips for the better part of two years.

To get rid of the system menubar icons, you can drop into each System Preference pane and uncheck the “Show in Menu Bar” option, or you can just do this.

Move your mouse cursor above any of the system menu bar icons, like AirPlay, Bluetooth, Time Machine, Wi-Fi, Battery, Time, or User name.

Before you click, hold the Command key down. Then, click and drag the menu bar icon off of the menu bar, down toward the desktop.

Just like when you pull off a Dock icon, the little menu bar item will poof away, no longer on the menu bar.

clock menu bar

If you want to put it back, you will need to drop into the System Preferences for that particular icon, and click the Show in menu bar option, like the clock one above.

  • patrickahles

    And what about the 17 other icons I have in the menu bar for all the apps I have opened? Take a look at Bartender, then you have real control over the menu bar.

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