Archived - Mac OS X 10.2: How to Show Menu Bar Items

This document explains how to show additional items in the menu bar, such as displays, clock, or battery.
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Open the appropriate pane in System Preferences to show the following items in the menu bar. Where System Preferences is not used specific instructions are given.
  • AirPort: In the Network pane of System Preferences, click the Airport tab, then select "Show AirPort status in menu bar".
    Note: Available only on AirPort-compatible Mac OS X computers.
  • AppleScript Script Menu: Double-click Script Menu.menu, which is located in /Applications/AppleScript.
  • Battery: In the Energy Saver pane of System Preferences select "Show battery status in menu bar".
    Note: Available only on portable Mac OS X computers.
  • Bluetooth: In the Bluetooth pane's Settings tab, select "Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar".
    Note: Available only when compatible Bluetooth hardware is connected.
  • Clock: In the Data & Time pane's Menu Bar Clock tab, select "Show the date and time in the menu bar".
  • Displays: In the Displays pane of System Preferences, select "Show displays in menu bar".
  • Eject: This item allows you to open or close the optical drive tray, which may be useful if you use a third-party keyboard and the F12 key does not open the tray. To show this menu bar item, do the following:
      1. Choose "Go to Folder" from the Finder's Go menu.
      2. Type or paste: /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras
      3. In the Menu Extras folder, double-click "Eject.menu".
  • iChat: In iChat, choose Preferences from the iChat menu, click Accounts, then select "Show status in menu bar".
  • IrDA: In the Network pane of System Preferences, choose IrDA from the Show pop-up menu , click the IrDA Modem tab, then select "Show IrDA status in menu bar". If IrDA does not appear in the Show menu, select Network Port Configurations, then select IrDA.
    Note: Available only on portable Mac OS X computers that include an IrDA port.
  • Lock Screen: In the Keychain application, choose View > Lock Screen.
  • PC Card: This item appears in the menu bar when a compatible PC Card is present.
    Note: Available only for portable Mac OS X computers that include a PC Card slot.
  • PPP: In the Internet Connect application, select "Show modem status in menu bar".
  • PPPoE: In the Network pane of System Preferences, click the PPPoE tab, then select "Show PPPoE status in menu bar".
  • Volume: In the Sound pane of System Preferences, select "Show volume in menu bar"

Note: In Mac OS X 10.2, when you locate a menu extra bundle in the Finder (as in the instructions for AppleScript and Eject above) it appears as a folder. The bundle will not open as a folder. Instead, double-clicking on the bundle will activate it.
Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
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