Take the Mac’s Menubar. Puhleeze. The Menubar is that bar of menus across the top of the Mac’s screen. To the left are application menus. They’re contextual and except for the Apple icon menu they change with every app. Somewhat more static are the utility apps to the right of the Menubar. Spotlight, Notifications, Time and Date, Wi-Fi status, and many others.
What’s the problem? The number of Menubar utilities has grown faster than Apple can fix it to handle ever more utilities. The Mac needs Bartender. This cleverly designed little utility makes the Menubar handle many more utilities by expanding the bar itself and giving you more options– some visible, some hidden but available with a click.
Bartender isn’t just for Mac geeks. Anyone who has extra Menubar items can use it. To view more Menubar items, set up the keyboard shortcut combo. Search Menubar utilities with ease. Hide the entire Menubar from prying eyes. Control which Menubar apps are visible and which are hidden but visible with a click.
You can order the Menubar items by dragging them to where you want to go. Officially, Bartender works this way:
Bartender lets you organize your menu-bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender’s Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu-bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender’s Bar.
Bartender helps you overcome the Menubar truncating problem. If the Mac’s Menubar has too many third party utilities then the open application takes priority and truncates items in the Menubar. Bartender fixes that by giving you multiple Menubars.
- Lets you tidy your menu-bar apps how you want.
- See your menu-bar apps when you want.
- Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
- Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
- Rearrange your menu-bar items as you wish.
Personally, I have more applications on my Mac than I need, and definitely a few too many Menubar utilities so Bartender is a must. The latest version was a free upgrade from Bartender 2 which had a slightly different feature set. I miss the old drop down menu, for example. The only negative is the typical trial and error method to get Menubar apps where you want, and determine which apps should go on the visible bar and which go elsewhere.