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The HTG Guide to (Probably) Everything You Can Show on OS X’s Menu Bar, How To Geek Blog


Apple’s operating system’s menu bar is truly old school; it’s been around for as long as there have been Macintoshes. The menu bar is extensible, though some users may not realize just how much, so we’ll show you the many ways you can add functionality to it.

If you have ever heard anyone use the phrase ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ then they could have been very well talking about Apple’s menu bar.

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The menu bar can be extended with a wide array of clickable icons for quick access to system preferences.

Today, the menu bar lets you add all kinds of extra functionality to it. You can easily check your Mac’s energy status (particularly helpful if you’re using a laptop), or you can start Time Machine backups, or log into another account with fast user switching, etc.

In fact, many of the System Preferences have icons you can add, and many applications will also use the menu bar so users have convenient access to features and functions.

In this article, we’re going to show and talk about all the different things you can add to the menu bar using only what you’ll find in the system preferences. This includes not only the things we’ve already mentioned, but all the other preference menu bar items we could find. . . .