How to hide Mac menu bar icons on your Mac

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Apple Mac Menu at the top of Mac’s screen serves as a perfect tool to access your machine’s settings, but it is also filled with a lot of icons like speakers, Bluetooth, apps, and more. While this is a great feature, as it helps you keep track with what happens on your Mac, one major drawback is that it may become a mess with so many icons.

Fortunately, there is a simple way you can use to hide your Apple Menu’s icons on your Mac, and all it takes is using a third-party software called Vanilla. Basically, Vanilla gathers all of your Mac menu icons and put them into a shelf that stays within the Menu bar.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to hide Mac menu bar icons on your Mac. Before we get started, the below-mentioned guide will not remove your icons from the Mac menu bar. Instead, they can be accessible by clicking on the Vanilla arrow button.

How to hide Mac menu bar icons on your Mac

Step one: First off, you need to download and install Vanilla on your Mac. To do this, head over to this link and hit the Download button (Vanilla offers both free and paid versions. The paid version offers advanced features and options)

Step two: Once you are done, open Vanilla on your Mac. After that, hold the Command key and simply drag the menu bar icons you wish to hide into the Vanilla section

Step three: To access your menu bar icons, you simply need to click the arrow icons in the Menu bar.

That’s it! If you change your mind, you simply need to quit the Vanilla app on your Mac and all of your menu bar icons will be visible on your Mac.

How to hide the Menu bar on your Mac

If you don’t want to hide your Mac menu bar icons, you can hide your entire Menu bar. The process is pretty simply, without the need for a third-party app or program to be installed on your machine. (You need a modern version of macOS before moving ahead).

Step one: Head to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu

Step two: Once you are in, select General and then check the box next to Automatically hide and show the menu bar.

From now on, to show the menu bar, you simply hover the cursor to the top of the display, just like the same action makes the toolbar appear in Windows.

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