In previous versions of macOS it was possible to get details of the current Wi-Fi connection by command + option clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the menubar. This would show the ip address, WiFi strength, Wi-Fi frequency etc. None of the system icons react to this type of clicking anymore in Big Sur.

Here is a screenshot of how it used to look:

Example Screenshot

Is it possible to restore this behaviour or get something comparable?

  • Are you saying that if you show Wi-Fi by itself on the menu bar and then option-click it, it does not show as in previous version of macOS? To show the Wi-Fi by itself on the menu bar, have a look at Show Wi-Fi status in the menu bar on Mac. Apr 3, 2021 at 17:43
  • I can confirm that if you option+click on the Wi-Fi menu bar extra in Big Sur, then it will continue to show this information, as it has in the past.
    – TJ Luoma
    Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48
  • Oh my god I feel stupid... thank you @TJLuoma! Apparently they changed the shortcut. You answered my question.
    – TomTom
    Apr 3, 2021 at 17:53
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    I don’t think Apple changed the shortcut, it's always been option-click Apr 3, 2021 at 17:59
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    The important thing is that it's working for the OP. Yes, you are correct that the only key that has been required is option. That being said: I checked on my Mac mini running an older version of macOS, and if you use ⌘⌥+click it works, however, if you use ⌘⌥+click on Big Sur, it does not work. So if TomTom had been in the habit of using ⌘⌥+click, he would have found that it did not work on Big Sur. So you are correct that they did not change the shortcut and TomTom is correct that the shortcut he had previously been using no longer works. Is all good now?
    – TJ Luoma
    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:31

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Just to give this an answer for future searchers…

The key command was always Opt/click.

In the past, Cmd/Opt/click would also work - just by accident really.
In Big Sur, it no longer does work, so you have to use the prescribed command - Opt/click.


Before you click on the WLAN symbol in the menu bar, please press the option button. But you can also regulate the whole thing via the terminal. Here is an order

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -I

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