Something Disappeared From Your Mac? How to Restore 7 Common Items

MakeUseOf | 7/11/2019 | Akshata Shanbhag
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Has a toolbar or a window disappeared from your Mac? Or maybe it’s a menu bar icon that has gone missing.

Sometimes one unintentional key press or a change in a mystery setting is all it takes to make items disappear from view. As we’ll see below, it’s often easy to bring such items back if you know where to look.

Items - Mac

Let’s explore several common items that could disappear from your Mac and how you can restore them.

Can’t see the Dock anymore? Does it appear only when you mouse over the bottom edge of the screen? That’s most likely because you’ve triggered the Dock’s auto-hide feature, either by:

Shortcut - Feature - Shortcut - Dock - Status

The shortcut toggles the auto-hide feature, so using the same shortcut again will restore the Dock to its always-visible status.

You can also toggle automatic hiding for the Dock from System Preferences > Dock. Look for the Automatically hide and show the Dock checkbox and enable or disable it as needed. You’ll find the toggle option tucked away in the Dock’s right-click menu too.

Dock - Comeback - Default - Settings - Terminal

If the Dock still hasn’t made a comeback, you can reset it to its default settings. To do so, open the Terminal app and enter the following command:

Remember to hit Enter to execute the command.

Dock - MacOS - Menu - Bar - Feature

Like the Dock, the macOS menu bar has an auto-hide feature, which you can toggle from System Preferences > General. Look for the Automatically hide and show the menu bar checkbox.

You can toggle the visibility of the menu bar with the shortcut Ctrl + F2 also. If this shortcut doesn’t work, ensure that:

MacOS - F1 - F2 - Function - Keys

macOS is set to use F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys under System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard.

You haven’t changed or disabled the default shortcut under System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard.

Status - Icon - Menu

Let’s say you want to restore the Wi-Fi status icon to the menu...
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