Sign Up / Log In

How Do I Remove Menu Bar Icons In Mac OS X?


My menu bar is getting cluttered. How do I remove the other icons so I'm just left with Spotlight, Time, and Wi-Fi?
- Asked by Jenny N. January 16th, 2011 (Updated: December 9th, 2014)


Most menu bar icons can be manipulated via the Mac OS X System Preferences. For instance, the Sound panel features a checkbox to hide the volume menu bar icon.

The easiest way to remove (or move) menu bar icons is to drag them holding the Command key. Simply drag an icon off the menu bar and it will be removed. You can get rid of all the icons except for Spotlight.