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The Mavericks feature "Displays have separate spaces" is nice except for one thing: With vertically arranged displays, you need to aim for the menu bar in the lower display. This breaks the primary advantage of having the menu bar on the top of the display, which is that one can just throw the pointer upwards, and it will hit the menu bar and stop. (Fitts' law.)

Is it possible to have the best of both worlds: Separate spaces for my displays, but only one menu bar, located in my main display?

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There's no built in function afaik. However - even if you manage to hide the menu bar via terminal magic (don't know if there is) you will still face the issue that windows can't lap over the monitor (since windows can't lap between spaces), you can only move the complete window to one space/monitor or the other

  • Wouldn't windows spanning several monitors (i.e. spaces) be confusing when one selects a different space on one of those monitors? – Dag Høidahl Mar 5 '14 at 10:17
  • It definitely would. So I guess there's a good reason for it not being possible. – Kevin Grabher Mar 6 '14 at 0:04
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The only thing that works, is to have at least one window in the current application displayed on the top screen.

Otherwise, you will just need to aim for the menu bar for apps displayed on the lower screen.

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