The clutter of the menu bar on a Mac is real, but Bartender hides everything you do not need and pops up when you do. Here's how to use it to finally resolve your menu bar without losing functionality.
Why bartenders are so useful
Sometimes it seems like every app adds a menu bar item. Over time, the number of items in our menu bar increases.
The problem is that Apple's solution for resolving this area is not very useful. Sure, you can turn certain items on and off, but there are some that you occasionally need, but you do not always want to see.
This is where the bartender comes into play. If you only occasionally need an item, you may need to hide it behind the bartender icon. Click to open the bartender bar. There you will find all the elements you want to hide.
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Right-click the bartender icon in the menu bar and choose Preferences.
Click the Menu Items tab. All available items are listed on the left side of the window. Click an item to select it.
. Select an option from the first drop-down box to specify whether an item should be displayed or hidden.
Bartender offers four options:
- Show: Displays the item in the menu bar.
- Hide: Hides the item from the menu bar and moves it to the bartender bar.
- Always show: Displays the item in the menu bar and the bartender bar.
- Always hide: Hides the element completely. The access remains through the search.
Some items change according to circumstances. For example, the drop box item changes during the synchronization process. The bartender displays items when a change is detected. Check the "Show for updates" option and choose how long the item should be visible.
You can also enter a text name for the item to be used in the search.
Searching for an Item
Items set to "Hide" are not displayed in the main menu bar, but items that are set to "Always Hide" are not even displayed in the bartender bar. However, you can search for it to access it. The easiest way to do this is to set up the bartender to use a hotkey so you can quickly search.
Right-click the icon in the menu bar to open the bartender settings and select the Hotkeys tab to configure it.
Click the "Enter Hotkey" section and press the keyboard shortcut you want to use.
Once set, you can quickly call the bartender probe. Briefly press your new hotkey to test it.
Enter the link and a search bar will appear below the bartender icon. Enter the search name of an item and press Enter. Press Enter again or click on the item to interact with it.
This is the fastest way to access hidden items and the only way to access items that are always hidden. You can assign additional hotkeys to show hidden items, view all menu bar items, and much more.
In the Barkeeper's Attitudes
The bartender has numerous options. Some are cosmetic, others are critical to how the app works.
First, you can choose to open Bartender when you start your Mac. Make sure this box is checked – you'll find it on the General tab – to get the most out of Bartender.
You can also hide hidden items automatically after viewing them to minimize clutter. Otherwise, all items remain visible until you click the bartender icon again.
The bartender icon need not be visible if you want to display hidden keyboard shortcuts. Elements – we've already discussed them.
To disable the bartender icon, clear the Visible check box on the Appearance tab. You can also customize the bartender symbol if it is visible.
The bartender tracks items so they appear when they change. This consumes power, which can affect the battery life of portable Macs. You can tell the bartender to search for changes less frequently by enabling the "Check for updates" option on the Advanced tab.
Note that the bartender is less likely to check for item updates and they may not be displayed immediately when this option is checked.
An app's menus may hide the items in the menu bar, especially on small and low-resolution displays. On the same tab, select the "Remove applications on demand" checkbox to allow bartenders to remove items when more space is needed.