I have this icon (which I never use) in my menu bar:


What is this icon for and how can I get rid of it?

  • If you click on it, you probably get a menu that tells you what it belongs to. – GEdgar Oct 12 '11 at 15:19

Looking at the position, it seems to be an app from Apple.

Press Command and drag & drop it out of the menu bar.

  • I didn't knew about this, it's awesome! – rightfold Oct 12 '11 at 15:17
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    This works only for Mac OS features. Icons by third party vendors don't support this. – gentmatt Dec 22 '11 at 10:25
  • True. Some might, but they would be using private API. All the others (and probably all from the Mac App Store) can't. – Loïc Wolff Dec 22 '11 at 10:30
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    That's not true. Spotlight is an OS X feature and you cannot move it, while iStat Menu is third party and you can drag it. Additionally the position in the menubar does not have anything to do with the feature being stock. – bot47 Feb 14 '12 at 11:44
  • @bot47 Like I said, apps that use private APIs can act as if they are stock apps (that can be drag & dropped and can be placed wherever they want). iStat is probably the most famous of those apps. There's a downside to it, Apple can change those APIs whenever they want, so you can't be sure it'll always work. Spotlight is not a menu icon like the wifi or sound one, so it's normal it's not behaving the same way. – Loïc Wolff Feb 14 '12 at 13:38

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