Reset Catalina's Menu bar in macOS Big Sur

Reset Catalina’s Menu bar in macOS Big Sur

Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by Macsoftbox

If you recently switched from Catalina to Big Sur, the updated menu bar is probably one of the first things you noticed. Not only has it changed aesthetically, but some of the icons you are used to are in completely different places as well.

While some love the iOS styling changes in macOS Big Sur, others want the familiarity they experienced with Catalina or even Mojave before. Sure, the aesthetic appeal is there, but the missing icons take a bit of getting used to. Fortunately, they are all still there, but not exactly where you are used to seeing them.

That said, if you want to go back to a simpler menu bar, it’s easy to change the transparency settings to make it look more like macOS Catalina. But if you want the actual Catalina menu bar, you’ll have to go back to Catalina via Time Machine.

Follow this easy step by step guide to making Catalina’s Menu bar in macOS Big Sur

1. Click on the Apple icon to open the menu.
2. In the menu that opens, open System Preferences.

System Preferences

3. In the System Preferences window, select Accessibility.


4. In the left pane, click Display.


5. In the right pane, select Reduce Transparency.

Reduce Transparency

The menu bar now appears gray or black as in Catalina.