There are 26 items come along with your Mac OS X that can be attached onto your menu bar. Here is the shortcut to show them all on your menu bar.
Perhaps you have read the new book by David Pogue, The Missing Manual : Mac OS X – Leopard Edition. There is inside written the complete list of all Leopard menu bar items and how to attach them onto your menu bar.
Display All in Once
Unfortunately, it’s too tedious for me to go through each and activate them separately. If you’re like me, I believe you will follow these quick steps to activate all of those menu extras all in once.
- Go inside Mac HD ▸ System ▸ Library ▸ CoreServices ▸ Menu Extras
- Highlight all items, that have .menu as their extension, inside. You can use keystrokes Command-A
- Control-Click on one of them and select Open. Similarly, you can also use Command-O
- Now you can relax and see all of them being displayed on your menu bar one by one
What are those Menu Extras?
AirPort, Battery, Bluetooth, Clock, CPU, Displays, Eject, Fax, HomeSync, iChat, Ink, IrDA, PCCard, PPP, PPPoE, RemoteDesktop, Script Menu, Spaces, Sync, TextInput, Universal Access, User, Verizon, Volume, VPN, and WWAN.
Are all of them shown on the menu bar?
Not all of them are shown. For example, my PowerMac G5 won’t display Battery status because there is no battery connected.
Are they useful?
Yes, they are. Let’s take Displays as example, you can easily change your display resolution without stepping through several troublesome steps via System Preferences Pane.