The Mac’s Menubar territory in the upper right side of the screen, likewise is broken. Mac developers insist upon creating cool new utilities and tools which take up residence in the Menubar where there is a finite amount of room. Some Mac apps take up so much of the Menubar with, well, menus, that the utilities residing in the Menubar get truncated or disappear. Unlike iTunes, that’s a problem with a fix.
It’s the Mac utility called MenuBar ReArranger, a rather elegant tool which lets you organize the Menubar the way you want, move Menubar items to and fro, even put Menubar items between little divider lines.
The tools to get there are simple to setup, use, and organize.
Apple’s neglect of the Menubar’s active functionality means third party developers can step in with a solution that just works. MenuBar ReArranger itself lives in the Menubar. Use it to setup groups of Menubar items, hide items you don’t need or want visible, and even define profiles of Menubar items that let you use just those tools you want when you want
Of course, the Menubar can be an app launcher, too, but shouldn’t compete with the Dock for that notoriety. Mac power users will appreciate MenuBar ReArranger’s keyboard shortcuts, but let me go back to the Profiles because that’s a hidden gem.
One problem with the Menubar is that it’s an all or nothing proposition. Everything you could use might be there or might not depending upon which apps you’re using. By setting up specific Menubar Profiles in MenuBar ReArranger you create a more efficient and productive workflow and have only the Menubar tools you need when you need them.
That’s a big deal.
Organizing items isn’t as easy as drag and drop but it’s close. Select an item in the MenuBar ReArranger Item list and use the up and down arrow keys to change the position. The Plus and Minus keys add or remove items from the Menubar, too. And, for organizing and massaging the OCD gene, you can even put line separators between items.
This is just sweet and it’s something you would have expected Apple to incorporate into the Menubar itself many years ago. I can only assume that Apple thinks the Menubar should do something else besides be useful.
Regardless, if you find your Menubar items are cluttered, out of order, misaligned, and occasionally disappear when you open an app that encroaches on Menubar territory, MenuBar ReArranger can make your Mac life a little better with little effort.