A Guide to Adding Con­trol Cen­ter Mod­ules to Menu Bar on Mac

Parth Shah

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

Manage control center modules on menu bar

Adding Control Center modules to the macOS menu bar allows users to access their most-used functions with a single click quickly. Users running macOS Big Sur or newer version have an option to slide Control Center modules such as Now Playing, Display, Screen Mirroring, and more to the menu bar.

Add Control Center Modules to Menu Bar

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

1. Use Drag and Drop

This is a simple and most effective way to slide modules from Control Center to the Mac menu bar. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open your Mac and locate Control Center on the menu bar.

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

Drag and drop control center modules

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

2. Use System Preferences Menu

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

Step 1: Use the Command + Space keys, open Spotlight, and search for System Preferences. Alternatively, you can click on the Apple menu at the upper 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 on the Control Center module that you want to add to the menu bar.

Show control center module in menu bar

Step 4: From the right side, enable Show in Menu Bar option and it will appear on the Mac Menu Bar.

Remove Control Center Modules from Menu Bar

Is your Mac Menu Bar getting cluttered due to too many Control Center modules? You can easily remove them using the tricks below.

1. Use Drag and Drop

When you click on a menu bar module, it will open the relevant menu to make changes. To remove it, simply hold the Command key, drag and drop the menu bar module to the desktop.

Remove control center module

2. Use System Preferences Menu

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

Step 1: Click on 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.

Disable control center module in menu bar

Step 4: From the right side, disable Show in Menu Bar option.

Rearrange Modules In Menu Bar

Want to keep the Keyboard brightness toggle next to the Wi-Fi icon in the Menu Bar? Or want to keep the battery module to the left side for better visibility? You can easily rearrange modules in the macOS menu bar.

Hold the command key, and click on the module that you want to rearrange. Slide it left or right side and you will see the selected module changing its position on the menu bar.

Use a Third-Party App - Bartender

Many third-party apps such as Evernote, Fantastical, coconutBattery, etc., offer a module on the menu bar to quickly access the app and functions. If you have a habit of using dozens of such apps, you may find the Mac menu bar crowded. We have the perfect solution to declutter the mess - Bartender.

Bartender 4 for mac

Bartender allows you to reposition menu bar items and keeping them where you want. You can have them hidden but still easily accessible, set your most important items always visible, and define the exact order of items for your workflow.

Triggers is an interesting add-on. You can create a script to showcase menu bar items during a specific task. Here is a couple of example of Bartender triggers.

  • Battery - show when on battery power, or at specific levels.
  • WiFi - show when not connected to a WiFi network.

Manage Control Center Modules on Menu Bar

You can easily add, remove or manage Control Center modules on the Mac menu bar. Go ahead, slide your most-used modules to the menu bar and rearrange them to your convenience.

Next up: Looking to optimize your Mac? Read the post below to learn about the top seven macOS apps to spruce up your Mac.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.