How to move or remove icons from the macOS menu bar

If you are a macOS user, you may have noticed that you have no obvious way to re-arrange the icons in the menu bar. So in this short video we will demonstrate how you can move or remove icons from the menu bar.

Note: The macOS menu bar, will by default runs along the top of the screen on your computer. This area contains application menus, commands, tasks and status icons.

Quick reference notes:

  • From the macOS desktop place the mouse pointer on the icon you want to move.
  • Now holding down the Command key on the keyboard, and holding down the mouse button.
  • Use the mouse to move the icon horizontally across the menu bar
  • When you release the mouse pointer the icon will slot into its new position.

Note: You can remove an icon from the menu bar, by using either the Command key and the mouse, or by selecting the appropriate setting in System Preferences.

  • To remove an icon from the menu bar
  • Place the mouse point on the icon you want to remove
  • Hold down the Command key on the keyboard and the mouse button.
  • Using the mouse move the icon down towards the middle of the screen.
  • When the icon displays a cross, release your finger from the mouse.

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