When the Mac OS menu bar fills up with too many icons on the upper right side, and begins to encroach on the space of the menu text, will the OS begin to make the menu bar taller and wrap the icons? Or will the icons simply overflow / overlay the menu text?

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You can test it by changing your display resolution ;)

low resolution -> overlay

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normal resolution

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    Wow, so Mac OS seems to just randomly hide text menu items? - That's wild!
    – sean2078
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 15:39
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    @sean2078 No, it's the other way around. mac OS hides menu bar icons to display all text menu items.
    – Chang
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 19:54
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    I see - I was thrown by the above screenshots thinking the menus were of the same app, but they're not ( Mail vs. Finder ) .. Still is the hiding of menu bar icons random and if some are hidden how are they accessed?
    – sean2078
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 12:32

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