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Organizing the icons on the OS X menu bar

The icons in the system menu bar should be there to help us but each user has their own ideas about what is useful and what is not. OS X allows us to organize (with certain limitations) the number and order of the icons visible at the top of the screen in the style of the apple, in a simple and intuitive way.

Mavericks is the world’s most advanced operating system , or so Apple tells us. I won’t be the one to question it, but what is out of the question is the fact that OS X is full of big little details that make us interact with our Mac in a more comfortable and efficient way.

Organizing the icons on the OS X menu bar
Organizing the icons on the OS X menu bar

As you no doubt already know, at the top right of your Mac screen you can locate several icons in the system menu bar and probably the rightmost are the Notification Center , Spotlight , your username, the date and the battery level.

But what newer OS X users may not know is that it is possible to relocate these icons – or at least some of them – and even remove them completely from the system menu bar. This is precisely what this article is about.

What we need to know to start with is that just by holding down the Cmd key we can drag and drop the icons to reposition them in the order we like best.

We will not be able to move the icons in the Notification Center or Spotlight, nor those belonging to third party applications, but we will be able to move the other icons such as the Bluetooth icon or the Wi-Fi icon .

We also can’t move the icons to the left beyond the first icon of third-party applications but at least we can organize them in the order we prefer .

Also, if we want to get rid of these icons, we simply press Cmd + click and drag the unwanted icon out of the system menu bar. We’ll then see a small animation simulating a smoke ball and the icon will no longer be visible.

If after removing any of the icons you realize that you really want to see it back in the system menu bar, you can always go to System Preferences and activate the Show in menu bar option in the preference panes of Bluetooth , Wi-Fi or Time Machine , for example.

And that’s all we need to customize the system menu bar on our Mac. A small resource that can be useful especially if we use a “vitaminized” bar as in the image that illustrates this article.

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