How to Rearrange the Menu Bar Icons in the Mac OS X Menu Bar
The Mac menu bar contains icons for things like the status indicators and toggles of various apps, including a clock, date, time, battery, wi-fi status, sound and volume levels, displays, Time Machine backup status, user account, Spotlight, a Notifications toggle, and much more. There’s a lot of data and status details in those menu bar items of Mac OS X, and you can generally choose to order them or rearrange icons however you want.
Do note that not all menu bar items can be moved, removed, or rearranged in the Mac OS X menu bar on the Mac. Some items just can’t be moved at all, because they are system items. With that said, nearly every other menu item can be moved into a position you’d like, so if you feel like customizing the way your menu bar status items are arranged in the Mac menu bar, read on as it’s quite simple.
How to Rearrange & Reorder the Mac Menu Bar Status Icons & Menu Bar Items
You can easily rearrange the status items in your Mac OS X Menu bar, here’s the trick:
- Simply hold Command key and drag the icons to the desired location within the menubar, release the click when the menu bar icon is in the place you’d like it to stay
- Repeat with other menu bar icons as necessary
You can move just about anything, except for Spotlight and some third party apps, which will stay stubbornly in place.
This is a good alternative to just simply removing items, and is a nice minor customization for those of us who like to keep things as personalized as possible. Align all similar items by groups and functions, arrange by shape or color, get creative.
Finally, you can also remove icons from the menu bar of Mac OS X with a command+drag trick, so if you want to ditch something, try that. Note that some third party apps require the application itself to be quit to remove the menu bar item, and some require a toggle setting to be adjusted in the app specific settings. Thus, if you can’t figure out how to get rid of a particular menu bar item in Mac OS X and the icon won’t move or remove, check that apps settings to find the solution.
This works in all versions of Mac OS X system software, regardless of version or release.