A guide on how to add Control Center modules to the menu bar on Mac

With the introduction of macOS Big Sur, Apple is closing the gap between iPhone and Mac even further. The latest macOS brings design changes, identical icon shapes, and a similar control center to the Mac. With one click, you can display a control panel with buttons and sliders that you can use to adjust and toggle certain system settings. You can even add them to the macOS menu bar.

By adding Control Center modules to the macOS menu bar, users can quickly access their most frequently used functions with a single click. Users with macOS Big Sur or a later version have the ability to move Control Center modules such as Now Playing, Display, Screen Mirroring, and more to the menu bar.

Add Control Center modules to the menu bar

There are several ways to add Control Center modules to the menu bar on the Mac. Let’s explore them.

1. Use drag and drop

This is an easy and effective way to move modules from the control center to the Mac menu bar. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open your Mac and find Control Center in the menu bar.

Step 2: Click on it and it will bring up the Control Center menu for you.

Step 3: Select the module you want to move and drag and drop it onto the menu bar.

2. Use the System Settings menu

Another way to add Control Center modules to the menu bar is through the System Settings menu. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Use Command + Spacebar, open Spotlight and look for System Preferences. Alternatively, you can click on the Apple menu in the top left corner and go to the System Preferences menu.

Step 2: Go to the Dock & Menu Bar menu.

Dock and menu bar

Step 3: Click the Control Center module that you want to add to the menu bar.

Show control center module in menu bar

Step 4: On the right side, check the Show in menu bar option and it will show up in the Mac menu bar.

Remove the Control Center Module from the menu bar

Is your Mac menu bar cluttered with too many Control Center modules? You can easily remove them using the following tricks.

1. Use drag and drop

Clicking on a menu bar module opens its menu for making changes. To remove it, just hold down the Command key, drag and drop the menu bar module onto the desktop.

Remove the control center module

2. Use the System Settings menu

Another way to remove Control Center modules from the menu bar is through the System Preferences menu. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Click the Apple icon in the menu bar and go to the System Preferences menu.

Step 2: Go to the Dock & Menu Bar option.

Step 3: Click on the Control Center module that you want to remove from the menu bar.

Deactivate the Control Center module in the menu bar

Step 4: On the right side, uncheck Show in menu bar.

Rearrange modules in the menu bar

Would you like the switch for the keyboard brightness to remain next to the WLAN symbol in the menu bar? Or do you want to keep the battery module on the left for better visibility? You can easily rearrange modules in the macOS menu bar.

Hold down the Command key and click the module you want to rearrange. Slide it left or right and you will see the selected module change its position in the menu bar.

Use a third party app – Bartender

Many third-party apps such as Evernote, Fantastical, CoconutBattery etc. offer a module in the menu bar for quick access to the app and functions. If you’ve got a habit of using dozens of such apps, the Mac menu bar might be cluttered. We have the perfect solution to clean up the mess – bartenders.

Bartender 4 for Mac

Bartender allows you to reposition menu bar items and keep them where you want them. You can hide them but still make them easily accessible, make your most important elements always visible, and determine the exact order of the elements for your workflow.

Triggers is an interesting add-on. You can create a script to display menu bar items during a specific task. Here are a few example of bartender triggers.

  • Battery – Indicates when the battery is switched on or at certain levels.
  • WiFi – show when not connected to a WiFi network.

Manage Control Center modules in the menu bar

You can easily add, remove, or manage Control Center modules from the Mac menu bar. Go ahead, slide your most frequently used modules into the menu bar and arrange them however you want.

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