The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Sorting Apple's AirPort Menu

TMO Quick Tip - Sorting Apple's AirPort Menu

by , 7:30 AM EDT, May 18th, 2007

Apple's AirPort menu item gives you quick access to the available WiFi networks near your Mac, but it lists those networks alphabetically. I think viewing the network list by signal strength makes more sense, and someone at Apple must agree.

To view WiFi networks by signal strength instead of alphabetically, simply hold down the Option key while you click the AirPort menu item. The list of networks will rearrange itself so that the strongest signal is at the top of the list and the weakest is at the bottom.


Standard AirPort menu (left) and sorted (right)

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to make this the default view, but at least the Option-click feature is easy to remember.


Jeff Gamet is TMO's Morning Editor and Reviews Editor. He lectures, teaches and speaks on Mac OS X and design-related topics, and is the author of The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X from Peachpit Press.

if you have tips or tricks to share, or Mac-related questions you want answered.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated June 30th

Wed, 4:34 PM
Review: WM820 TikMic Wireless Microphone System (Maono)
Wed, 3:55 PM
FCC Commissioner Calls on Apple and Google to Delete TikTok From App Stores
Wed, 3:21 PM
For Streaming Services, Apple TV+ Has the Highest-Rated Content for the Second Year in a Row
Wed, 2:50 PM
Celebrating 15 Years Since the First iPhone Went On Sale
Wed, 2:30 PM
AliExpress Now Offers Dummy iPhone 14 Models
Wed, 2:15 PM
New Customizable Home View In iOS 16 Allows Resizing HomeKit Accessory Tiles
Wed, 1:44 PM
Apple Founders Campaign Highlights European Developers in the App Store
Wed, 1:13 PM
Brazil Proposes USB-C as the Standard Charging Port for iPhone
Wed, 12:57 PM
Apple Confirms iPad Will Continue Functioning as a Home Hub in iPadOS 16, But With Limitations
Tue, 4:11 PM
Apple TV+ Signs First-Look Deal with Maya Rudolph's Animal Pictures Following 'Loot' Premiere
Tue, 3:31 PM
Tales From the Rumor Mill: What's Next for Apple TV Including New Chip, RAM, Siri Remote and More
Tue, 3:28 PM
Apple Watch ECG Technology Infringes on AliveCor’s Patents, ITC Rules
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Daily Observations
  • TMO on Twitter!