The Display icon has disappeared from my Menu Bar and I cannot figure out how to get it back.

The ability to add it to the toolbar has disappeared from System Preferences > Displays

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I found an excellent article that contained instructions on how to add it back in this scenario:

For one reason or another, some menulet options remain hidden in System Preferences by default. Interested users can find the full collection in the System folder: Open a Finder window, from the menu bar select Go -> Go to Folder..., and then navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras.

Some of the extras in this folder are pretty obscure, but one or two might come in handy – like Eject if you use an optical drive, or Ink if you connect a graphics tablet to your Mac, for example. Just double-click any that look useful and they'll be added to the menu bar. They can be removed just as easily using the Command (⌘) key method described above.

When I try this method, the Display icon does indeed show up on the Menu Bar again...


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However, when I try to click it, it immediately disappears.

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What am I missing?

I'm running Catalina (10.15.6) on a 2015 Macbook Pro.


Looks like you have a lot of third-party widgets in your menubar. That's not inherently bad, but I'd suggest rebooting into safe mode and attempting to reproduce the behavior there.

Whether you can or cannot reproduce it, there's a chance this will resolve the behavior when you reboot again into normal mode. It's magical voodoo when this happens, but it has worked for me on similarly mysterious problems in the past.

If the problem disappears in safe mode and returns when you come back to regular mode, try disabling your third-party menubar widgets one at a time.


It says that it will show the Mirroring options in the menubar when available.

Do you have something like an AppleTV where you are or external monitor connected to your computer?

If not, I don't think the menu option will appear. Why have it show up of you don't have the ability to use it?

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