Apple simply can’t control what Mac users do with their Macs. Nearly every Mac app uses the Menubar, with app menu selections to the left, and Apple’s OS X utility options and menus to the right. Here’s the problem. Mac developers have created hundreds, perhaps thousands of utilities, tools, and apps that reside in the right side of the Menubar.
Here’s the problem. If you have too many tools in the Menubar, some apps might truncate the utility side and make the add on tools unreachable. How can you have as many Menubar tools as you want and still have one-click access to each one?
You need a Bartender.
The Bartender app creates yet another Menubar which resides below the Menubar in OS X, so you can collect Menubar apps all you want and place them in the Menubar the way you want. You’re in control.
Check out these visual examples of Menubars with more than the average number of Menubar apps and utilities.
Click on the Bartender Menubar icon to view all the Bartender managed utilities (or, use keyboard the shortcut). All the apps in the Menubar still work the same way, but you control where they are– either in the main Menubar or in the Bartender bar. You can order items in the Bartender Menubar however you want by simply pressing Command + and dragging the item to a new location.
If you want an ultra clean looking and uncluttered Menubar, all items in the Menubar can be hidden, and then displayed with a simple hotkey. Even the Notification Center in OS X can be hidden, and the Bartender Menubar itself can be moved back and forth across the bottom of the Mac’s built-in Menubar.
There’s no better, easier, more flexible or capable way to manage all those Menubar utilities. Caveats? Not many. Despite some bugs in the 2.0.x version, Bartender gets updated frequently and the latest version works fine on my Mac with OS X El Capitan installed.