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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Time Machine in the menu bar or in the Dock!

The Mac OS X 10.5.2 update adds a Time Machine menu in the menu bar by default. I think it is nice, but somewhat redundant with what is already in the Dock by default. I kept both for a few days to see which one I prefer, because I really don't want to waste any menu bar or dock real estate. I finally settled on the menu bar icon. I think it looks like it is more part of the OS and much less like an app. If you want to get rid of the Dock icon, it is really easy, you can just drag it out of the Dock. It you want to remove the menu instead, it can also be done by going to the Time Machine preferences and unchecking "Show Time Machine status in the menu bar". Here is where it can be changed:

The new menu:


Blogger Robert said...

you can also hold down the command key and drag the menu bar icon out to get rid of it

February 13, 2008 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger grachev said...

robert, nice! thank you. this time tips are so poor.

February 14, 2008 at 4:26 AM  
Blogger Fernando said...

This does not have much to do with this tip.
Whenever I download an office document in safari, the extension is changed, for example from .doc to .dot. How can I fix this?

February 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Maxly said...

Thanks--I took it off the dock. Wasn't paying attention to the duplication.

February 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

I do not have a check box in my Time Machine preferences that allows me to put it in the menu. Where can I access that?

February 15, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger jonathan said...

For what its worth there is also a third option for Time Machine in the form of a Widget . It can be found at

February 16, 2008 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

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July 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I also don't have the icon in my menu bar OR the option to show it in System Preferences. Can someone please explain how to get it back into the menu bar? I prefer to keep it there, but it disappeared after I had to do an Archive and Install of Leopard.

July 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

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