How to Remove Any Items From Your Mac’s Menu Bar

The menu bar at the top of your Mac screen can be cluttered with random apps and icons. Here’s how to delete any items you don’t want.

Use your Mac for a while and the menu bar is bound to fill up with all sorts of native and third-party status icons. Some of them are very useful. Others, not so much. We’ll show you how to reduce clutter by removing items from your Mac’s menu bar.

The fastest way to remove the original status icons from your Mac’s menu bar is to use the following mouse and keyboard combination. However, this doesn’t work on the Mac, Siri, or Clock Control Center icons. It also doesn’t work on any items from third-party apps.

  1. Hold cmd Key.
  2. Click and hold the menu bar icon you want to remove and drag it out of the menu bar.
  3. Release the mouse when you see X Icon.

You can rearrange any status icons on the menu bar while holding down cmd Key.

Remove icons via System Preferences

Another way to remove the native status icons from your Mac’s menu bar — including Siri and Clock — involves diving into the System Preferences app:

  1. Open Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Selection Dock and menu bar.
  3. Select an item and uncheck the box next to it Show in menu bar To remove it.

If you want to remove third-party status icons, you can try getting rid of the menu bar. Just select the item and look for an option to Give up. You may need to keep Selection or Control while you click it to show different options.


If the icon reappears automatically, you may also want to check the relevant app Interests for an option that allows you to disable the icon permanently. Or configure the application to stop running on startup.

Decluttering the menu bar on your Mac helps minimize distractions and make important status icons pop. If you’re new to Mac, you might want to get more familiar with the menu bar, to make sure you know how to get the most out of it.


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