When plugging in an external monitor on my MacBook-pro Sierra I could set the monitor options to show up on the menu bar. That works like a charm.

Since the upgrade to High Sierra, I am not able to get this option again.

I connect an HDMI monitor via Apple Adapter to USB-C and I am unable to find a way to enable this option.

Other colleagues don't have this issue with exactly the same setup.

1 Answer 1


Open System Preferences → Displays and enable ‘Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available’.

This should add a menu item AirPlay menu for the AirPlay menu even without an external display connected, and when an external display is connected you can use this to switch between mirror and extend.

  • true, but the icon doesn't appear even this option is checked. I should mention that. But this is exactly the issue.
    – Frank
    Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 14:04
  • "Should add a menu item" - Should, but doesn't.
    – Jason
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 1:14
  • Confirming this bug still appears in Monterey 12.7.4 in May 2024. I had to use the 3rd party app "AirServer" to restore AirPlay receiver functionality.
    – jasonology
    Commented May 14 at 6:14

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