How to access additional Menu Bar items

Instead of hunting round each System Preference pane separately to see what can be added to the main menu bar, there is a magic folder nested within your System folder that contains a collection of Menu Bar items.
Some of these can be toggled by a checkbox in System Preference panes, but some are extras!
To access these, navigate to: /System/Library/CoreServices folder.
This is where Apple store most of the Operating System magic! From here, open the Menu Extras folder.
Here you’ll find a collection of Menu Bar items:

hidden menu bar items

Just double-click on any of these to install them into your main menu bar at the top right of your display screen.
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adding custom menu items

To remove any menu bar item, hold down the Command (cmd) key and then drag the menu bar icon off the menu bar into a puff of smoke, similar to removing a Dock item.
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This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.2 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Internal and external Apple keyboards.