How to Remove Icons from the Toolbar/Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Apr 11, 2012   //   by NG   //   MacOSx Tips  //  No Comments

If your Mac Toolbar or Menubar is cluttered or have unwanted items, you can remove items from the tool/menu bar by holding down the Command key and dragging items out of the menu. The icon will disappear into a puff of dust, the same way an icon from the Dock or sidebar disappear.

Some menu icons can’t be removed this way and a command drag won’t do anything. Usually these icons are their own applications, like Flux, DesktopUtility, DayO, etc, and instead need to be quit directly from the menu bar item itself. Spotlight is also stubborn but can be hidden as well, although that’s generally only recommended if you don’t use the Command+Spacebar shortcut for the search service.

On a related note, instead of dragging icons out of the menu bar, items can also be dragged around within the menu bar to rearrange them by holding down the command key.


A useful reference for fine tuning your tool/menu bar:


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