How to Remove macOS app icons from menu bar : New

There may be app icons on your Mac’s menu bar that you don’t want or need. You might see app icons in the menu bar that you don’t use. The good news is that it’s easy to change the settings on a Mac and change which icons show up in the menu bar.

How to Remove built-in macOS app icons from menu bar

The fastest way

  1. Hold down the Command key, click on the icon, and drag it off the menu bar and onto the desktop.
  2. There should be a small X. When you let go of the icon, it should go away with a “whoosh” sound.

Change your menu bar icons by going to System Settings.

  1. Start up your Mac and go to System Settings. Apple  menu > System Settings.
  2. Click Control Center in the sidebar on the left.
  3. All three sections have apps that can have their icons show up in the menu bar.
  4. For the Control Center Modules and Menu Bar Only sections, click the drop-down menu button (the up and down arrows) and choose Show in Menu Bar or Don’t Show in Menu Bar.
  5. In the section called “Other Modules,” turn the switch next to “Show in Menu Bar” on and off.
  6. Click on Clock Options (only found in the Menu Bar) to change how the Clock looks.

Take app icons from outside apps off the menu bar

By quitting, you can get rid of the icon for now. There is no normal way to do this. For some apps:

  1. Click on the icon in the menu bar, then choose Quit or Quit App.
  2. Click the icon, choose Settings, and then click Quit. This is how Box works.
  3. If you click the icon and get a menu but don’t see a “Quit” option, try clicking the icon while holding down Control or Option.
  4. To more permanently remove third-party app icons from the menu bar
  5. Often, these apps are launched when you start your computer or log in. You can do this in a couple of ways:

One way is to look for a way to turn off the menu bar icon or stop the app from opening when you log in or start your computer. You’ll have to look at the settings for that app. For example, to prevent Creative Cloud from launching at login:

  1. Start up Creative Cloud (by clicking on the icon in the menu bar).
  2. Click the button that says “Your Account” in the top right corner of the window.
  3. Turn off the switch next to Launch Creative Cloud when I log in under Settings, then click Done.

Another way is to disable Open at Login or Allow in the Background:

  1. Open the System Settings menu and click on General.
  2. Click on Items to Login.
  3. Click on the app in the “Open at Login” section, then click on the “-” sign (-).
  4. You can turn off apps in the “Allow in the Background” section by toggling the switch. Note that if you turn these off, these apps might not be able to update, sync with your cloud storage, or sync with your other devices.