The region of a window or screen where drop down menus are displayed. The menu bar allows for easy access of an application's menus and commands.

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I am missing the option to see the remaining battery life as time in the menubar?

In previous versions of OS X the battery indicator in the menubar included options to show the remaining battery life as percentage or time (or nothing). In Mountain Lion, there's only an option to ...
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OS X menu bar missing after application crash

The entire menu bar (the white one, that holds the Apple menu, etc) has vanished on my iMac. In this instance, I think it went away when VLC crashed, but it's happened in other situations as well. ...
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Menu bar dictionary search

Is there an app that allows me to search the mac dictionary from the menu bar? I thought spotlight was able to do this but it doesn't seem to work (in Lion) (I noticed Dictionary isn't even listed in ...
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Need menu bar app to show output of Terminal command every 60s

I need a menu-bar app* which will show me the output of a terminal command, and run that Terminal command every 60s or so. Or I need a menu-bar app which will read the contents of a file, and update ...
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Is there a way to access the menubar icons using the keyboard?

I know how to use the menu items using only the keyboard. Is there anyway I can access the icons in the top right as well?
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How do I create a menu shortcut which involves the delete key?

In Addressbook I want to create a keyboard shortcut for the Menu entry Delete Group using the key combination option-command-delete. So I went to System Preferences --> Keyboard --> Keyboard ...
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How do I move a third-party application's menulet from one location to another in the menu bar?

I bought QuickCal 3 from the Mac App Store recently. Now, when I boot my Mac, the QuickCal menu icon shows on the menu bar, and where it wants to by default, I suppose. Since QuickCal has the ...
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Menu bar icons get hidden by long menu bar items

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 ...
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Change mac menu bar color

Is there a way to change the color or appearance of the mac menu bar from the standard gray?
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Can I move the top menu bar?

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 ...
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None of my apps are keeping a list of recent documents?

Example: If I open an image in Preview, the "File/Open Recent" menu lists the name of the file. If I then close the file, but still leave Preview running, the "Open Recent" menu still lists the file. ...
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Is there a way to have AppleScript output displayed in the menubar?

Before reading further: I know about butler and similar programs. I am looking for a BUILT-IN way to do this without a third party app. Anyway, I wrote an AppleScript that runs a shell command. I ...
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How can I remove the “Eject” icon from the menubar?

How can i remove the "Eject" icon from the menubar? It's an icon that starts on login. It ejects all mounted disks (dmg/usb/etc...).
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Is there a way to hide, stack or collapse menubar icons?

Right now I have far too many icons on my menubar. I know I can command drag them off of there. But I do need to use them on occasion. Is there any app that will combine menubar items into one such ...
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Is it possible to switch to a specific keyboard layout via `defaults`, *.plist or similar?

I have figured out a workable shell script using osascript (AppleScript) to automatically switch to US keyboard layout when MacVim activates (triggered by Keyboard Maestro), and Swedish layout when it ...
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What should I do when the menu bar seems frozen/unresponsive?

Several times the menu bar on my Mac has frozen and I've had to restart the whole computer. I know that there must be a better way to fix a frozen menu bar than restarting. How can I kill the menu bar ...
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Translucent menu bar option is simply gone after system reboot / freeze (Mac OS X Lion)

I'm on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2. I just had one of the infamous 'blue screens' when the MBP freezes (known for the early 2011 models). After my system booted up again, my menu bar isn't translucent ...
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Add a delay to menubar dropdown in fullscreen apps

In Lion, the menubar drops down way to fast when I'm in a fullscreen app. This mostly becomes a problem when I have multiple tabs open in Terminal. When I move to the top to change tabs, the menubar ...
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How can I have a fixed order of the menu-extras?

Like the OSX menu items for wifi, battery... I would like to be able to have a permanent order of the third-party menu bar items. I do not want to mix OSX with third-party menubar items, I simply ...
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What are your favorite menulets (or Menu Extras as Apple calls them)? [closed]

Yes, I know, it's another list, but here goes: What is your favorite menulet and what is it used for? Please one post one menulet per answer. Add a link to the developer's website, if possible. ...
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Why does the menubar hide when I'm in iTunes?

Often when I'm using iTunes 10.4, the menubar will hide and show like the dock does when you set it that way. I don't know of any settings that allow for that to happen on the menubar. Is it a bug or ...
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Removing modem icon from menubar

I had borrowed a USB modem which I used briefly with my Snow Leopard MacBook, and while setting it I had told System Preferences to show modem status in menubar. Now I have removed the modem services, ...
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Using the keyboard to bring up the File, Edit, View… menus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I open the menu with keyboard? In windows, in most applications, if I hit Alt+F it opens the "File" menu. If it hit Alt+E, it brings up the Edit menu. Is there an ...
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Keeping the menu dropdown open after clicking?

Suppose I wanted to open a couple of bookmarks in my browser. To do this, I use the menu bar. I click on «Bookmarks» to reveal the dropdown with all my bookmarks and then select the bookmark. The ...
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No ethernet icon in Lion?

I remember having an ethernet icon in Tiger and Leopard in the menu bar. This was very convenient since it gave quick access to the settings just like you need it for airport: In Lion I do not see ...
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Can I hide the sync icon in the menu bar on Lion?

This menu bar icon is useless and takes up space. I use iCloud on Mac OS X Lion to sync contacts, calendars, and the like. On Snow Leopard I could use an option in the iSync preferences to remove ...
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How do I remove the sync status icon from the menu bar after migrating to iCloud?

How do I remove the sync status icon from the menu bar after migrating to iCloud? Prior to iCloud the Sync pane of MobileMe preferences had a simple setting for this, but after migration it is ...
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How can I get rid of this icon in my menu bar?

I have this icon (which I never use) in my menu bar: What is this icon for and how can I get rid of it?
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How do I change the Lion menubar selection color?

I really hate the blue-purple color of the Lion (and Snow Leopard before it) menu bar selection. Isn't there some way to change this? I've tried tweaking everything, but Apple seems to have decided ...
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How do I change the menubar transparency in Lion?

So I love the login screen in OS X lion, and I want to make my desktop look like that. I found the background image they use, but now I want to make my menu bar completely transparent like it is in ...
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App that turns the menubar black/dark?

Is there an app that can change the color of the menubar? I saw one that I'm pretty sure wasn't Nocturne.
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Randomly order menu-bar-lets? [duplicate]

I know it is impossibly to manage the order for the applets in the menubar (those which aren't apple's own). Yet is there an application or trick that enables this? Eg. I have a calendar barlet that ...
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Can I have a second menu bar on my secondary display?

Is there software that will allow you to add a second menu bar to a secondary display? I am using Second Bar, but I was wondering if there was other software out there that would do this. Note that I ...
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How to get back the “Login Window…” icon in the menu bar?

Once I've upgraded to Lion I had a new icon on my Menu Bar next to Spotlight. It was an outline of a mugshot similar like one of the Guest account. When I clicked on that icon I was able to select ...
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Remove rogue app from menu bar

I have a rogue item on my menu bar from a terrible piece of printer/scanner software. I long ago removed the app, but the button for the app remains in the menu bar. Is there any central way for me ...
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MenuBar doesn't show up in full screen mode

I'm trying to use the full screen mode in Lion, but I can't get the menubar to show up at all. I push my cursor up to the top of the screen, wait a second, and nothing. Some apps will seem like ...
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Add info to Dock/Menubar from Shell in macOSX

I'm working on MacOSX environnement, but I would like to tweak it a bit. I have a few bash scripts I used in Linux to retrieve infos such as IP, average ping and so, that I would like to be displayed ...
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Spaces: visualization in menubar, and arbitrary keybinding for 'goto next space'

I'm looking for a tool or tools to (1) switch to the next (or previous) space using an arbitrary keybinding, rathern than the modifier+arrow keys allowed in the preferences, and (2) show a (very) ...
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Any app on mac os x can hide icons on menu bar?

I'm seeking software for Mac OSX that can hide any icon on menu bar. Some apps leave an icon on menu bar, but don't have a option to hide its icon from menu bar, are there any applications that hide ...
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Run iTunes without it being in the dock

I'm trying to keep my dock simple - just Chrome, MacVim, and the terminal. Is there a way to run iTunes without it being in the dock (i.e. just show the icon in the menu bar)?
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Change the location of an icon in the menu bar?

Every time I start up Radium the menu bar icon for the application shows up in the same place: dead smack in the middle of all my other menu bar icons. Doesn't matter if it's the last menu bar ...
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Sugar Sync & menu bar icons

I'm wondering if there's a way to stop SugarSync (or any app) putting itself in the OS X menu bar (top right) when launched. Sugar Sync doesn't have this option in it's preferences. I've managed to ...
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Removed Spotlight, now there's a gap I can't get rid of

I disabled and removed spotlight from my menubar to save performance and space. Now except for saving some space, I have a gap in my menu-bar I'd like to get rid of: Anyone an idea how to get it ...
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Resetting a black menubar to white?

When I run Hulu Desktop (and certain other programs), they turn the menubar dark (and turn on auto-hide), but they don't put it back to normal when they are done. Is there a way of resetting the ...
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How can I make preferences boxes open in correct display with SecondBar?

I've just started using SecondBar to provide a menubar for applications that I display in an external monitor. It's a big help, except for one thing: dialog boxes (like Apple Menu -> System ...
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Mac Dictionary improvements

I tend to use the dictionary a lot on the mac. Its annoying to launch the app everytime i need to lookup a word. Are there any other apps/hacks to avoid this annoyance? Spotlight lookup is awesome, ...
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How do I remove the WD Quick view icon in menu bar?

I install some app from WD external Hard and it add some incon in my menu bar but I don't know how can I remove it, I try to drag it out of the system bar while holding the "command" key (but it ...
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How can I make Apple menu shortcut keys work more like Windows?

I recently converted from Windows to Mac, but one thing that I really liked on Windows was how easy it was to traverse the menu bar and the associated submenus with the keys. Effectively, I would ...
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Slow loading/transparent menu bar during startup

Sometimes when I startup my Mac, I notice that the menu bar doesn't load fully. It remains completely transparent and doesn't have a title (or any menu options) for the current application. It doesn't ...
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Is there an application that moves menulets from the menu bar, and shows them in a little window?

Is there a utility that shows the menulets in a window in the style of the old Control Strip (which means a window that automatically shows and hides)?