All My Menu bar/Finder Icons Have Disappeared. What Gives?

Last week I started up my Mac and all the menu bar icons had disappeared. Well, some of them did at least. Just randomly. So how do you fix it? Pretty easily, actually. Just start your Mac in safe mode and restart. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Shut down your Mac (Apple recommends you wait 10 seconds after doing so before continuing on)
  2. Press the power button
  3. Right after you hear the startup tone, press and hold down the Shift key
  4. Release Shift as soon as you see the Apple logo and spinner

At this point you should log into your Mac in safe mode. You’ll see all your menu bar icons show up as they always do. Now, just restart your computer again and this time don’t hold anything down. Just restart normally and log in. This should fix your issue.

If this doesn’t help then it’s time to start Googling. I actually tried all the suggestions I found online first before doing this but none of them worked. There are a ton of tips for this issue online but this solution came up the least in all the Apple support forums and Stackoverflow questions.

I don’t know why this happens nor do I care. It may be premissions related (I also checked and repaired permissions using Disk Utility, that’s also worth a try for you too). In any case, this fixed it so try it. It can’t hurt.


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