This menu bar icon is useless and takes up space.

Sync icon

I use iCloud on Mac OS X Lion to sync contacts, calendars, and the like. On Snow Leopard I could use an option in the iSync preferences to remove this icon from my menu bar, but iSync isn't around anymore. Is there any way to get rid of it?

  • To get it back, open Terminal.app and type open /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/Sync.menu
    – Luigi
    Dec 6, 2012 at 20:10

2 Answers 2


Just ⌘ Command-Drag & Drop it away from the menu bar, this way you can also re-arrange your icons. This trick will only work for OSX icons (e.g. Time Machine or WiFi), for non OSX native icons (e.g. Dropbox or GeekTool) you need a third party app like Bartender or Menu Bar Rearranger.

  • Same here! It took up some really valuable menu bar real-estate.
    – abc905
    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:01
  • works just as great on ML
    – Antony
    Sep 14, 2012 at 21:57
  • Cmd click/drag also works for your folder navigations icons. Sep 27, 2013 at 18:39
  • Great tip. How would you get it back if you wanted it?
    – Senseful
    Oct 1, 2013 at 20:14

That sync icon is also used by MobileMe and another way to get rid of it is to log out of mobileme after migrating to iCloud (System Preferences/MobileMe). I had the same question and finally logged out of mobileme (which wasn't being used anymore) and it disappeared.

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