Remove the Spotlight menu bar icon

Oct 17, 2009 - Leave a Comment

We get a lot of comments and inquiries about disabling Spotlight, something that I don’t understand since I think it’s a fantastic application launcher. Opinion aside, if you have disabled Spotlight and want to remove the Spotlight menubar icon from your desktop, type the following command in the Mac Terminal:

Remove Spotlight menubar icon

sudo chmod 0 /System/Library/CoreServices/

to reverse this and bring the Spotlight menubar icon back, type the following:

sudo chmod 755 /System/Library/CoreServices/


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Posted by: David Mendez in Command Line, How to

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