Of all the little extras built-in to the Mac, one that gives me mixed emotions is the Menubar. That’s the bar of menus at the top of the Mac’s screen. On the left are all the menus of whatever app is frontmost on the screen.
To the right is what I affectionately call the Menubar. It’s that combination of Apple utilities and tools which can be populated by third party utilities and tools.
I love Menubar tools.
At last glance, my 27-inch iMac has almost 30 such tools cluttering up, crowding the Menubar space. That’s OK on a large, wide screen, but not on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro which has very limited screen real estate.
With so many open tools in the Menubar, some apps disappear when an app with a longer menu comes frontmost to the screen. How can you prevent that from happening when your Mac’s screen is small? How can you customize and organize the Menubar to suit your needs?
There are two Mac apps that can, and they can also work in concert.
MenuBar ReArranger: This elegant and inexpensive app simply rearranges all the custom, third party, non-Apple tools in the Menubar. MenuBar ReArranger features a built-in launcher, too, so it will start up whatever other apps you need upon startup.
Bartender: This is my absolute favorite Menubar tool. Unlike Menubar ReArranger, Bartender gives you a drop down Menubar which extends the number of Menubar apps you can use.
Look at the screenshots. On top is the standard overly crowded Menubar.
Bartender’s Menubar still works the same as Apple’s Menubar but you control which non-Apple apps are displayed, and how, when, and where the new Menubar is displayed.
For Mac users who rely on Menubar apps, and who have a clutter and crowded Menubar, Bartender is the one to use.