Rearrange menu bar icons macOS Sierra

It’s been a pain-point for some Mac users for a while now: the inability to rearrange third-party menu bar extras. Sure, it’s been possible to move around stock menu bar extras by simply holding the Command key while dragging the icon, but third-party icons are no longer off limits.

Indeed, the macOS Sierra beta makes it possible for Mac users to rearrange third-party menu bar (NSStatusItems) extras, and that’s kind of a big deal. Previously, users have had to rely on third-party utilities, like Bartender, to help keep the menu bar tidy.

While Bartender is a great utility, it’s overkill for someone who simply wants to rearrange the position of third-party app icons on the menu bar. Fortunately, the macOS Sierra beta addresses this issue.

To move a menu bar extra, simply hold down the Command (⌘) key while dragging any icon (outside of Notification Center) that you wish to move.

macOS Sierra menu bar move animation

Keep in mind that you can only move third party icons in the menu bar by dragging them around, you can’t outright remove them like you can with stock menu bar items. If you wish to disable a third-party menu bar icon, you’ll need to do so within the app’s respective preferences.

You can learn more about the new features in macOS Sierra by watching our hands-on video embedded below:

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