The average Mac user’s Menubar does not get used much and that’s mostly because the average user doesn’t play in the realm of Menubar utilities which, when collected, can take up much of the aforementioned Menubar’s available space.
For those Mac users who do– and I am totally guilty of stuffing the Menubar with whatever utility suits my fancy– you know the problem. Menubar clutter. Screen real estate mucks with an overload of Menubar utility apps, some of which get moved around, others of which disappear entirely, so here’s the solution to such appaholism. Bartender.
The problems with the Mac’s Menubar are many and varied. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason as to which Menubar apps get placed where. That’s crazy. Worse, if you put too many utility apps in the Menubar, certain apps with wide menus themselves can truncate the Menubar apps; they just disappear from view in certain Mac apps.
It gets worse. The Menubar’s icons are too small and if you have plenty of Menubar utility apps installed, finding the one you want is worse than using the Dock. Both let you organize apps these days, but the Dock is bigger and works the same within every app. The Menubar does not.
What to do? What to do?
Enter the Bartender app, yet another Menubar utility that actually makes sense of the cluttered mess in the Menubar. It lets you see and find which Menubar apps you want, yet keep the Menubar uncluttered; almost pristine by Apple’s normal standard.
Bartender lets you hide various Menubar apps that need to be there but don’t need to be seen all the time. Dropbox, I’m looking at you. Menubar items can be rearranged, too– move them here or there and organize into separated groups if you want.
My 27-inch iMac screen holds the most Menubar utility apps, while my MacBook holds the least. Why the difference? Screen real estate. 27-inches is a lot of pixels, hence more Menubar utilities. The MacBook, not so much. Bartender lets me keep all the Menubar utilities I want on each machine; neatly organized, always available, but some out of sight until needed.
The latest adds rearrangement options, minimalism or cluttered or just customized as you wish. It’s also macOS High Sierra capable and comes with search options and keyboard shortcuts. Bartender also has one of the longest trial try-before-you-buy options available. A whole month. Use it that long and you’ll want it. It’s that good.