Take Command of Your Menu Bar Icons

If your Mac’s menu bar is a mess, you can use the Command key to rearrange the icons and remove those you never use.

April 1, 2024

Is your Mac’s menu bar overwhelmed with icons? They’re helpful little critters, but finding one can be difficult when you have too many and they’re in no particular order. The hidden trick to cleaning up your menu bar relies on the Command key.

  • Rearrange the menu bar icons in an order that makes sense to you by Command-dragging them around. You can’t move the Control Center icon or put anything to its right, but every other icon is movable.
  • Delete unnecessary Apple-provided status icons by holding down Command and dragging them off the menu bar. (To put one back, select the “Show icon-name status in menu bar” checkbox in its System Settings screen.) You can’t remove the clock, Control Center, or the Siri icon this way, though you can turn off Siri in System Settings > Siri & Spotlight. Command-dragging to delete doesn’t work for non-Apple apps; instead, look for a preference in the app itself.

For even more control, try Bartender!

Bartender is an award-winning app for macOS that for more than 10 years has superpowered your menu bar, giving you total control over your menu bar items, what’s displayed, and when, with menu bar items only showing when you need them.

Bartender improves your workflow with quick reveal, search, custom hotkeys and triggers, and lots more.

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