The Mail app built into macOS isn't the nicest thing in the world, the UI looks dated and Outlook is a much better alternative (for me at least).

The problem that I am facing is that I need the macOS Mail app to start at login and be running in the background due to the way AltStore works. With Outlook also open, I have two Mail apps open, thus crowding my dock.

Is there a way to move the macOS Mail app away from the dock to the menu bar? Or in general, is there a way to move any app from the dock to the menu bar?

I use an app called Hidden Bar to collapse and hide some of the menu bar icons, with that, I will be able to completely remove the macOS mail app from my sights, even though it's still running in the background.

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    How many apps in your Dock do you never use, or use infrequently? By default, macOS puts a slew of apps in the Dock, and they don't have to stay there if you don't want them.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 18:40
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    I don't know of a way to generically move apps to the menu bar. I believe an app has to be specifically designed with menu bar support. There are ways, however, to remove icons of running apps from the Dock: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/130390/…
    – jefe2000
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 18:44
  • @jefe2000 I did take a look at that, unfortunately, the macOS mail app doesn't have an LSUIElement key in its info.plist file
    – SidS
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 19:05
  • @IconDaemon I am aware that I can remove apps that I don't need from the dock, and I don't have a lot of apps in the dock. It's just that I don't want two mail apps there when I'm only gonna use one of them.
    – SidS
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 19:08
  • I've learned about a couple options for customizing the macOS menu bar. One is called SwiftBar and the other BitBar. They might have ways to display email info. Failing that, there may be a way to get a plugin or write a script to have them display email info.
    – jefe2000
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 14:19

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I know of one shareware applet called MailBar that does that (moving reading emails to the menu bar). It's fairly crude but it does what it says on the tin.

  • Don't know if it was true when you posted your answer, but MacUpdate now says that the app is no longer supported by the developer.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 20:47

I have the same problem and I have found that uBar can hide active applications.

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