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Change the location of an icon in the menu bar?

The title is sort of self-explanatory. I wanted to group some icons into a more logical and useful layout. This question was last asked (afaik) during Snow Leopard days. Perhaps there are new methods.

Currently, my menu bar looks like this:

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and I'd like to move the icons on the left over to the right...

  • I referred to that question above...
    – ICL1901
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 19:43
  • The question you refer to is not specific to Snow Leopard (nor should it be), so there is no reason you should duplicate it. There are other ways of trying to get attention to an older question available, like editing it, commenting, or starting a bounty.
    – Gerry
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 20:23
  • understood. I did get a great answer though :)
    – ICL1901
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 20:24

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As explained in the referred question, hold down Command key, press the icon in your menu bar, move it. This works at least in Mountain Lion up to Yosemite. But still this only works for movable items. You can move the Wifi symbol, the Bluetooth symbol, etc. But you cannot move the Twitter or Dropbox symbol.

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    Thanks, that works with a few as you say. I was sort of hoping for some load-order capability.
    – ICL1901
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 19:45
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    Just figured out that there is a commercial solution to customise your menu bar: macbartender.com It promises to enable reordering and comes with a free trial.
    – guwac
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 20:04
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    But what if the icon you most want to move IS Dropbox?
    – radven
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 5:18
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    Oh, this funcionality has broken for some apps in El Capitan. You can still reposition most system icons
    – espinchi
    Commented Oct 3, 2015 at 19:54
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    It seems that in Sierra you can move all items now.
    – hachre
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 8:18

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