This tutorial will guide you through editing the Services menu in OS X. Unfortunately, if you’re using Leopard, only some of the items in the services menu can be modified (as explained here). If you’re still running Tiger, you’ll be able to completely customize the Services menu.
Background info on Services
The Services menu is a part of OS X that’s available in every application. Select the application name from the Apple menu, and Services will be listed. In a nutshell, Services allows OS X programs share functionality between each other.
How to edit the Services menu
- Download Service Scrubber. Install it and then launch from the Applications list.
- You’ll be prompted with a donation-ware request window. You may want to give it a try before you donate, so for now, click OK.
- When Service Scrubber first launches, it can take a moment or two before the window populates. Give it some time…
- … and all of your Services will be listed. As you’ll notice in the screenshot below, most are “grayed” out. As I noted at the start of this tutorial, Leopard users are pretty limited in terms of what can be edited. To remove an item from the Services menu, uncheck the box next to that item.
- In the screenshot below, you can see that I’ve removed the Play, Quicksilver and Open URL in Camino items.
- To apply any changes, you’ll need to enter your password.
- Now the 3 items I removed (Play, Quicksilver and Open URL in Camino) are gone from my Services list.
- Repeat steps #5 and 6 until you have a Services menu that best suits your needs.