It’s the Menubar; that strip of convenience at the top of your Mac’s screen. It hasn’t changed much through the years, and it’s in need of a fix because Mac users and app developers insist on cramming utilities and menus up there.
But I Need Meters
One of my favorite Mac Menubar utilities is appropriately entitled, MenuMeters. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what it does.
It’s a free monitoring tool for your Mac which displays a set of meters for CPU, disk storage, system memory, and network traffic– in the Menubar.
Considering that MenuMeters is free it packs a bunch of options.
For example, CPU Meter can be displayed as a percent, or user and system time; even using load as a cool thermometer. Likewise, the Disk Activity Meter displays reads and writes to the Mac’s disks.
Memory Meter displays RAM usage as a pie chart, thermometer, graph or simply free and used totals, while Net Meter displays network throughput to and from your Mac (with a variety of graphics to match your tastes).
It’s free, so what’s not to like? In the Menubar the MenuMeters look like this.
Options are plenty, though, including graphics, color, update intervals, meter width and style, and much more.
MenuMeters is free and useful, and all it takes is a quick glance to the Menubar to see your Mac’s system status. That’s the problem.
The Mac’s Menubar is becoming popular and overcrowded. Worse, Mac apps which have more menu selections often truncate the utilities in the Menubar. What’s the fix? More Menubars. For that you need Bartender, a Mac utility which gives you all the Menubar space you’re likely to need.