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Sometimes on my Macbook Pro when I have a lot of icons in the menu bar, if I start an application which has a lot of menu items, some of these icons get automatically obscured by the menu items.

For example, when running iTunes, the Twitter icon gets obscured...

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...but if I switch to Finder (which has a fewer menu items) the icon then re-appears

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Also, there is the possibility my screen is just too small and no matter which application I switch to, I won't ever be able to see a few of my app icons there! (Yeah, I may heve too many apps, but that's the way I like it!)

Is there any way I can show or get to these obscured icons without having to switch to an application with a shorter menu bar?

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possible duplicate of Menus overlap/hide Menu Extras. How to access? –  user588 Mar 29 '12 at 22:17
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Apologies. How did I not see that when writing the question :-( –  binarybob Mar 29 '12 at 22:43
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An app called AccessMenuBarApps allows you to do that by basically providing a keyboard shortcut to an application with no application menu items. It's free, so it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

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+1 Good find, thanks! That works pretty well actually, with the minor exception that there doesn't seem to be an option to hide its dock icon! Frankly I'm a little amazed that along with the other slick features and tricks in OS X that theres no option to, say, temporarily slide or swipe the menu bar out the way. Perhaps its just not a problem for most people... –  binarybob Mar 29 '12 at 22:15
    
Use Dockless (homepage.mac.com/fahrenba/programs/dockless/dockless.html) to hide the icon for it. –  penguinrob Mar 29 '12 at 22:17
    
Unfortunately, that also seems to disable the menu bar completely for the application whose icon is to be hidden. Probably just a GUI wrapper round the LSUIElement trick (EDIT: The dockless readme.rtf confirms this) –  binarybob Mar 29 '12 at 22:32
    
So it pretty much disables the app then? That's probably an apple ui limitation then. –  penguinrob Mar 29 '12 at 22:33
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I have been using this for a while and it seems to be configurable to do what you need.

http://www.macbartender.com

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