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How to Hide Siri Menu Icon in Mac OS

Sep 30, 2016 - 3 Comments
Hide Siri Menu bar icon in MacOS

Want to hide the Siri menu icon but still have Siri enabled on the Mac? This approach offers a way to reduce menubar clutter on a Mac, while still retaining the Siri assistant functionality and each of its useful commands. With the Siri menu bar icon hidden, you can still access Siri on the Mac … Read More

How to Hide & Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2015 - 10 Comments
Automatically hide and show the menu bar in Mac OS X

New versions of Mac OS allow Mac users to hide and show the menu bar at the top of the screen automatically, much like the Dock can be hidden and shown with a mouse over. Auto-hiding the menu bar is a nice feature for Mac users who are fans of minimalist desktop appearances, as it … Read More

How to Enable Dark Menu Bar & Dock Mode on Mac OS X

Nov 26, 2015 - 19 Comments
Dark Mode in Mac OS X

Enabling Dark menu and Dock mode on the Mac is a subtle user interface change to make which allows both the menu bar and the Mac OS X Dock to appear as black backgrounds with white text or icons overlaid on top. The result is a higher contrast menu bar and Dock, which is also … Read More

How to Add the Date to the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Jun 23, 2014 - 16 Comments
Show date in the menu bar of Mac OS X

You can customize the menu bar clock that appears in the upper right corner of your Mac to include more than just the current time, and one of the more useful things to add is the current date. This is particularly helpful in OS X because unless you have the Calendar app open all the … Read More

Give Your Mac a Black Menu Bar in OS X Mavericks with ObsidianMenuBar

Jan 28, 2014 - 13 Comments
Black menu bar in OS X Mavericks

The menu bar of OS X has two default color choices, simple grey, or translucent, which varies a bit based upon the wallpaper used. Neither of these looks are really anything to write home about. That’s why the third party mod ObsidianMenuBar is a nice alternative, it gives your Mac a black menu bar. It’s … Read More

Customize the Mac Menu Bar Clock Appearance with Emoji in Mac OS X

Jan 24, 2014 - 4 Comments
Custom Mac Menu Bar clock with Emoji

The Mac menu bar clock isn’t particularly fancy nor is it meant to be, but if you’re a tinkerer and like to customize things, you might find some enjoyment in adding some time-changing emoji characters to the clock as an addition to the standard AM / PM indicators that show up alongside the time. Adding … Read More

Get Super Quick SSH Shortcuts from the Mac OS X Menu Bar with Shuttle

Jul 11, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Quick SSH shortcut access from the menu bar

Shuttle is an excellent little Mac app for those who frequently use SSH to connect to remote or local servers. It’s functionality is very simple: you gain a little SSH menu bar item that pulls down to give you super-quick access to whichever servers you have configured. Selecting one of the servers immediately launches terminal … Read More

4 Essential Menu Bar Utilities for Mac OS X

Mar 17, 2013 - 38 Comments
Desktop Utility menu bar item

Mac OS X includes a few system-level menu bar items that are incredibly useful, but if you’ve ever wanted to have a few extras to your menu bar consider these four essentials. All free, they’ll bring a wide variety of function to the menu bar, where you’ll be able to quickly see the weather, make … Read More

Stop a Mac Sleeping Only When Specific Apps Are Running with Wimoweh

Mar 7, 2013 - 10 Comments
Prevent sleep when only specific apps are running

There are plenty of ways to prevent sleep, whether it’s the caffeinate command, the Caffeine menubar item, pmset, or hot corners, but each of those is all encompassing, meaning being active prevents sleep regardless of what is running. If you’ve ever thought it’d be nice to selectively prevent sleep based on specific applications instead, that’s … Read More

Enable an Emoji & Special Character Menu Item for Fast Access in Mac OS X

Jan 9, 2013 - 4 Comments
Show the Emoji Character Viewer menu bar item in Mac OS X

Emoji icons are a lot of fun and special characters can be extremely useful, but the standard way of opening the character viewer panel isn’t the smoothest in the world. Fortunately, OS X has an excellent bundled menu bar option that can be enabled to allow for extremely fast Emoji and character access, letting you … Read More

Switch Sends All Tabs & Windows to a Different Web Browser in Mac OS X

Apr 3, 2012 - 5 Comments
Switch Tabs to a Different Web Browser

If you spend a lot of time switching between web browsers for development or for whatever other reason, you’ll find Switch useful. Switch is a handy free menu bar utility that transfers all browser tabs and windows between web browsers in Mac OS X. Whether you use Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, you can easily send … Read More

Remove the User Name from the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Jan 10, 2012 - 17 Comments
Name shown in the menu bar of OS X Lion

On some fresh OS X installations, you’ll find the user name or login appears in the upper right corner of the menu bar, even if there is only one user account on the Mac. This is actually a feature called Fast User Switching, and the name likely appears in the menu bar due to the … Read More

How to Remove Icons from the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Jan 5, 2012 - 26 Comments
Remove menu bar icons

If your Mac menu bar is starting to resemble an icon farm, remember that you can remove items from the menu bar by holding down the Command key and dragging items out of the menu. The icon will disappear into a puff of dust, the same way an icon from the Dock or sidebar disappear.

Manage Drives & Mounted Volumes from the Mac OS X Menu Bar with FreeSpaceTab

Dec 31, 2011 - 7 Comments
FreeSpace Tab

FreeSpaceTab is a free utility that lets you manage hard disks and mounted volumes directly from the Mac OS X menu bar. With an attractive and simple GUI, you can pull the menu down to see all mounted drives and partitions, arranged by volume type (local drives, disk images, network volumes, etc) as well as … Read More

Get a Calendar in the Mac OS X Menu Bar with Day-O, a Date & Time Replacement

Nov 3, 2011 - 24 Comments
Day-O is a free menu bar calendar and clock replacement for Mac OS X

One of my longstanding peeves with Mac OS X is the lack of a pull-down calendar in the menubars default Date & Time settings. If you click on the time, instead of seeing something useful like a calendar or more date/time details, you just have options to set an analog clock or open Preferences. I’ll … Read More

Get 4 Useful Mac OS X Features in your Menu Bar with DesktopUtility

Jul 26, 2011 - 11 Comments
Desktop Utility for Mac OS X

If you don’t want to deal with manually hiding and showing the desktop icons, showing hidden files, accessing the user library directory, and forcibly emptying the Trash, grab DesktopUtility for your menu bar. It’s a free and simple app that offers those four useful features directly in the menu bar, preventing you from using any … Read More

Show Weather & Temperature in the Mac OS X Menu bar

Jul 12, 2011 - 8 Comments
Weather and Temperature in the Mac OS X Menu Bar

We showed you how to display the CPU temperature in your Mac OS X menu bar, but what about showing the real temperature outdoors? A little free app called Meteorologist does just that, sitting in your menubar and giving you weather updates on the locations you specify. Meteorologist puts a tracked locations temperature along with … Read More

Display CPU Temperature in the Mac OS X Menu Bar

Jul 11, 2011 - 7 Comments
CPU and Hardware Temperature Monitor in the Mac OS X Menu Bar

If you want to keep an eye on your Mac’s CPU temperature, you can choose between two different apps to display the temperature right in your menu bar. If you’re running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or lower, both apps are free, but if you’re on Lion then you’ll have to pay for one of the … Read More

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