Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have the location menu bar entry which looks like an compass arrow pointing north east.

This is not a third party application but a privacy service setting. I can usually move and remove entries with dragging using the Command key, but this doesn't work on this particular entry.

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Disable Location Services completely

You can try to disable Location Services from System Preferences » Security & Privacy.

enter image description here

Remove the menu bar entry – Method 1

Other than that, if you still want to use location services, but don't want to see the menu bar, you can open a Finder window, press Cmd-G and enter the following location:


From this folder, move the file com.apple.locationmenu.plist somewhere else, e.g. your home folder. Then, reboot. To restore this, place the file back, and reboot.

Remove the menu bar entry – Method 2

Alternatively, run the following in a Terminal:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.locationmenu.plist

Note: don't use sudo here; that will fail. This will unload and store the setting. To reverse this, run the same command with load instead of unload.

Method 1 untested as the original author doesn't have OS X Lion. Method 2 corrected and works on Lion.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.