Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

As a Windows/Fedora/Mac/Ubuntu user, the menubar at the top of the screen has always bugged me. It doesn't go away and you can't move it. I've tried dragging it away in vain several times. It would look so nice on the right, just like my taskbar.

But after experiencing success with asking other questions that I thought impossible, I decided to ask it here to see if anyone knows how. So, with no further ado:

How can I move the top menu bar in Mac OS X?

share|improve this question
1  
why would you do this? The menu bar has no task bar (application launching) functionality, and menus of windows/linux apps are usually at the top, so doesn't it make sense for the menu bar to be on the top? –  XAleXOwnZX Mar 27 '12 at 3:31
11  
Turn the monitor on its side. Problem solved. –  Daniel Lawson Mar 27 '12 at 3:36
4  
@Daniel L: Wow! It worked! Now, next question: Why are all my icons sideways? –  JavaAndCSharp Mar 27 '12 at 3:39
6  
That's an Easter Egg specially planted for people who want the menu bar on the side. Shhh, don't tell anyone. –  Daniel Lawson Mar 27 '12 at 3:40
    
Ticks for the lolz. –  Steven Fisher Mar 27 '12 at 4:13

3 Answers 3

up vote 3 down vote accepted

I think the only moving of the menu bar you can do is from monitor to monitor.

SecondBar gives you, well, a second menu bar. It is draggable, so you could position it in the middle or bottom of your screen, but I can't get it to change orientations to go vertically on the right.

share|improve this answer
1  
Aww, dang. Now my vision of Apple.SE as a place where everything has an answer is ruined. :( –  JavaAndCSharp Mar 27 '12 at 3:08
2  
@JavaAndCSharp Dashed on the ground like so many iPads. –  Adam Davis Mar 27 '12 at 3:10
    
I'll give this a day and see if anyone turns up with anything. After that, you get the green check. –  JavaAndCSharp Mar 27 '12 at 3:12
3  
JavaAndCSharp, everything DOES have an answer here. The answer is that the Mac menu bar has been fixed at the top of the screen since 1984 and you can't move it. Apple INVENTED the menu bar and pull-down menus with commands, so they established this convention and they've never departed from it. Windows, on the other hand, circa 1987, was designed with every app having its own menu bar in its own window, which could be moved. –  Wheat Williams Mar 27 '12 at 3:23
    
@Wheat Williams: I meant a satisfactory answer. Now leave me be to cry in the corner with my non-movable menu bar. :( –  JavaAndCSharp Mar 27 '12 at 3:25

The top menu bar is non-moveable since the first version of MacOS and later Mac OS X.

You can't move it (tho you can drag it to an external display if you have one).

share|improve this answer
    
Think different.. great.. –  javadba Nov 8 at 2:12
    
@javadba so different that Ubuntu linux also went with the same approach. –  Martín Marconcini Nov 10 at 6:41
    
I have several ubuntu laptops, all of which I have changed the top menubar to be (a) on the left side and (b) autohide. So what are you talking about? Point is it is configurable in ubuntu. –  javadba Nov 10 at 15:37
    
The point is, if you don't like the way OS X does things, you just use something else as opposed to leaving pointless rants that nobody really cares about :) –  Martín Marconcini Nov 10 at 18:09
    
I have not "given up" on those two issues being resolvable - thus my continued comments. –  javadba Nov 10 at 18:23

You can't

move the menu bar to your application top. This is a designed function from the original desktop metaphor. This is providing both an ergonomic (it's faster to move to a fix location) and a security function (this area is protected, and thus can never get hidden).

You can

move your keyboard to the menu bar:

ctrl ^+F2

and from there access any menu entry without touching the trackpad and faster than any mouse addict.

share|improve this answer
    
It is a "you don't know any better" feature. I have long ago memorized all of the menu items from my IDE and it takes up valuable vertical space. Well in any case noone on this thread made that decision. –  javadba Nov 8 at 2:13
    
You can. You only do not know how. –  CousinCocaine Nov 9 at 18:24
    
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. –  daniel Azuelos Nov 9 at 23:14

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.