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How to put a Bluetooth shortcut into your menu bar

It’s a jolly good idea to put a Bluetooth shortcut in your menu bar, at the top right hand side of your Mac’s screen. Why? Because that way you can connect and disconnect things like your Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Trackpad, Harman Kardon SoundSticks and any other things you pair with your Mac, without having to go into the System Preferences. The shortcut will also allow you to check which devices’ batteries are low. (See my separate post for a tutorial on how to do that).

As with most things on a Mac, there’s more than one way to do this. The easiest way is to click , System Preferences, Bluetooth, and click the box at the bottom that says ‘Show Bluetooth in menu bar’.

Window showing Bluetooth Preferences in System Preferences

Add a Bluetooth shortcut to you menu bar the easy way via your Bluetooth preference pane.

The longer-winded way – for those who like to learn the ins-and-outs of their Mac – is to open your System Folder, click the Library folder, then CoreServices followed by Menu Extras. Finally, double click the file called Bluetooth.menu and the Bluetooth shortcut will appear in your menu bar.

You can move it to a more convenient place on the menu bar if you wish, simply by holding down the Control key (⌘) and dragging it to where you would like it. If you decide you don’t want it after all (but why wouldn’t you? It’s a handy little lt’s a handy little thing!), just drag it off  the menu bar (holding ⌘) and release it. It will obligingly disappear in a rather satisfying little puff of smoke.

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