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4 Great Free Menubar Apps for Mac You Should Check Out

Jan 8, 2024 - 3 Comments
Cool Mac menu bar utilities you should check out

One way you can improve your Mac experience is by adding some handy tools and items to your Mac menubar item. And, coincidentally, some of the best free utilities available for Mac, are also menubar items. We’re going to cover four of the best free menubar apps for Mac, which are sure to improve not … Read More

How to Show Battery Percentage in Mac Menu Bar (MacOS Sonoma & Ventura)

Jun 27, 2023 - 1 Comment
Show battery percentage in the Mac menu bar for Mac laptops

If you have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air running the latest versions of MacOS system software, like Sonoma or Ventura, you may be interested in knowing how you can show the battery percentage in your Mac menu bar. Displaying the battery percentage indicator MacOS in Sonoma and Ventura has moved to a new settings … Read More

How to Keep the Menu Bar on Mac in Full Screen Mode

Mar 17, 2022 - 2 Comments
Always show the menu bar in full screen mode on Mac

Full screen mode on the Mac defaults to hiding the menu bar, and while you can swing your cursor to the top of the screen to reveal the menu bar, some Mac users may prefer to have the menu bar always visible when in full screen mode. If you’d like to keep the menu bar … Read More

How to Remove the Shortcuts Menu Bar Icon on Mac

Mar 10, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Shortcuts app

If you want to remove the entire Shortcuts menu bar icon, you’ve probably already tried dragging the item out and removing it the typical way, only to find it not disappear. It turns out if you want to remove the Shortcuts menu bar item on MacOS, you’ll need to take a few extra steps. We’ll … Read More

Fix App Menu Bar Hiding Behind Notch on MacBook Pro 14″ & 16″

Nov 15, 2021 - 4 Comments

If you have a new MacBook Pro 14″ or 16″ with a display notch, and find an apps menu bar items are hiding behind that display notch, which is a fairly common occurrence for many Mac apps, you can use a workaround to shrink the display so the entire screen scales down to fit below … Read More

How to Show Battery Percentage in Menu Bar of MacOS Monterey & Big Sur

Oct 27, 2021 - 5 Comments
How to Show Battery Percentage in Menu Bar of MacOS Big Sur

Are you a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air user who likes to keep an eye on their Mac laptop battery life? Want to see the battery percentage in the menubar of MacOS with Monterey or Big Sur? Let’s check how you can show the battery percentage indicator in the menu bar of macOS with the … Read More

How to Change Menu Bar Size in MacOS

Oct 12, 2021 - 14 Comments
How to Change Menubar Size in MacOS Big Sur

Do you find the menu bar items on your Mac’s display to be too small or difficult to read? If you’d like to make the menu bar size larger (or smaller), you can change the menubar size, which impacts the size of the fonts in the menu bar on the Mac.

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 - 11 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

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