Questions tagged [menu-bar]

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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How do I get back the input source flags on my menu bar?

I just upgraded to macOS Monterey 12.4 and now the flags, primarily the one for the current input source, is gone from the menu bar and was replaced with a country code. I find the colored flags much ...
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"Now Playing" icon will not go away in Monterey

This image says it all. As you can see, I have turned off Now Playing's "Show in Menu Bar", but it's still there. Yes, I have closed and opened the control panel, clicked various controls in ...
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script menu keeps disappearing from menu bar

The script menu (and only the script menu) keeps disappearing from my menu bar (MacBook Air). It happens on my current Mojave, but has been happening through previous OS as well. I know how to open ...
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macOS: number of found help menu items?

It seems that the number of found help menu item of the macOS help function is restricted for any application (at least in High Sierra) to, in total, ten entries. Is there a way to increase the number ...
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Red dot in Adobe Creative Cloud macOS menu bar icon

I have installed Adobe Creative Cloud on my MacBook. This causes an Adobe CC icon to be added to the macOS menu bar. Frequently, this Adobe CC icon has a red notification circle: 🔴 When I click on ...
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When auto-hiding the [top] MacOS menubar can that area be used by applications?

I have "Automatically hide and show the menu bar on desktop" enabled: The Menu Bar is hidden - but the newly opened up desktop area at the top of the screen (as shown in Red rectangle below)...
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How can I force Dark theme on menu bar?

I am using macOS Monterey 12.3. From Desktop & Screen Saver => Desktop I have selected Dark (Still) under Big Sur. When I reboot the machine menu bar color is always light, as light blue, ...
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Can't use Applescript Ui scripting to click 3rd-party menu bar item

Looks like my question may be a dup of this question from 2017, but I am posting as it seems to be unanswered. I am trying to automate switching sound outputs in a menu bar app called SpeakerAmp. The ...
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How to change the color of the top menu bar on Monterrey to light gray?

I just upgraded my mac from Big Sur to Monterey and the color of the top bar changed from gray to this color: I went to system preferences->Accessibility->Display and checked "Reduce ...
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Can macOS Monterey alter the text input menu to show only flag icon?

In pre-Monterey versions, the text input menu item, if enabled, only showed a representative flag icon. As of macOS Monterey, it shows the flag icon and a textual description. This unnecessarily ...
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Showing a folder in the menu bar?

Is it possible to "have a folder" on the menu bar, so that when you click it shows its content ?
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How to change the sound output device with keyboard

I would like to be able to change the output device sometimes, for example to switch between headphones and speakers, without having to use the mouse. I've figured out how to focus the 'status menu' ...
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Keyboard shortcut to toggle between analog and digital clock, date, and day of the week

Is there a way to create a shortcut so that I can display the clock differently? I would like to have the option for the menu bar to show only the analog clock without the date or the day of the week: ...
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How to Disable Chrome File menu bar from auto-hiding

Is there a way to preserve the bar at the top of Chrome that has File, Edit, View, History etc, without it auto-hiding? I find this extremely annoying that my window size changes with this auto-hide. ...
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Is is possible to hide the menu bar in full screen on only external monitors of a MacBook?

With MacBook Pro 2021 model, I want to keep the menu bar visible even in full screen, as that part of display is not used by the application anyway. But with external monitors, I want to let them ...
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How to display menu bar in Macbook pro 14 inch in full screen?

The question is in the title : How to display the menu bar in a Macbook Pro 14' in full screen apps ? The menu stays accessible, but it's not visible : Thanks everyone for your answers !
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Is there any way, even a hacky one, to disable / hide / remove the "Clock" on the macOS Monterey menu-bar? [duplicate]

I use iStat Menus to get a far-superior "fuzzy clock" in my menubar. Unfortunately, Monterey seems to have removed the option I depended on that completely removed the built-in macOS menubar-...
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Show dock and top menu only if holding shift key

When I move my mouse around my computer screen, I hate when the top menu or dock shows + hides when I don't want to interact with it. Especially when the menu bar shows, it moves content around which ...
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Shortcut triggers other shortcuts in a specific app in macOS

this is my first question on this platform. I have in macOS an app, could be any app, that has bunch of menus which are sometimes in the way. Instead of turning them off one by one with the mouse I ...
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make Mail plugin open without disabling SIP

Through several OS and Apple Mail updates, I have been successful in using Xcode to build and keep updated this plugin for Apple Mail, called MBI, which puts a count of your unread messages in the ...
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Move Min, Max buttons in Google Chrome to tab bar when maximized?

Is anyone aware of a trick to move min, max buttons in Google Chrome tab bar, when maximized? If not, there's a blank row to hold those buttons, which is a waste of room...BTW this will push down/up ...
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Hide menu bar only for full-screen videos

I like to have the menu bar present when using apps in full screen. So, I have the auto-hide option unchecked. However, when I want to view a netflix or youtube video in full screen, the menu bar is ...
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How to fix my MacBook's Menu bar that keeps flashing/blinking

I have a MacBook Air 2015 and the menu bar keeps flashing. Also each time I click on one of the apps on the dock I get this error: gives an error like this: "Terminal quick unexpectedly click ...
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make the top menu/status bar floating in full screen mode like the dock

The show/hidden of the dock doesn't affect the full screen window of the application. It's floating over the application. But when we move the cursor to the screen top and show the menu bar, the ...
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Automatic app relaunch via `launchd` causes flash of second menu bar app icon

I'm using a launchd script found here to automatically re-launch an app if the app crashes: Automatically relaunch a closed macOS application The app has a menu bar icon. After running that script ...
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How to add custom buttons to menu bar extras?

Is there an app/any way to add a button with an icon to the menu bar extra (right side of menu bar) which would trigger an action? (Action may be a keyboard shortcut trigger or a script) This would be ...
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Change the menu bar's height

The latest MacBook Pro has a notch on the top of the screen. Due to this, Apple changed the height of the menu bar. I actually prefer the taller menu bar, but don't use a MacBook Pro. I use a Mac mini....
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Is it possible to change the menu bar's height?

The latest MacBook Pro have a notch on the top of their screen. For some reason, on those machines, Apple decided to crank up the height of the menu bar. I don't like the new height and would like to ...
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Highlight Menu Bar Clock in macOS Big Sur [duplicate]

After upgrading my Mac to Big Sur (11.6), I noticed that my Menu Bar clock has a very faint color and makes it hard to read the time. Is there a way to change this to bring older behavior? I don't ...
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Unknown red menu bar symbol popping up every minute [duplicate]

For the last few days I have had this weird red "hand"-shaped menu bar symbol popping up on my MacBook Pro every minute or so (to the left). Can anyone identify that flickering icon? I was ...
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Is there a way to make the MacBook screen start below the notch so the user doesn't lose valuable top bar width?

Apple has decided to go with a notch instead of a wider top bezel for their latest MacBook generation. This notch takes the place of valuable screen real estate in the top bar regardless of how it's ...
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What app owns a menu bar item without installing XCode?

How to identify a strange item on my menubar? says that XCode > Open Developer Tool > Accessibility Inspector can be used to find out what app/program has created a menu bar item. How can I find ...
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Pin the toolbar

I've switched to macOS after using Windows for the past 15 years. I am finding the top menu bar thing(the one with the apple logo, file, edit, etc..) very annoying. I keep waking it whenever I go to ...
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Preview - add Signature by key command. Find Menu name

On the face of it, this seems an impossible task. You can add a key command to any menu item, but first you need the precise wording for that item. This makes contextual menu items difficult, but not ...
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Volume control not shown in menu bar even though enabled in Preferences

The volume control is enabled in Settings | Sound Effects but it is not actually showing ? Is there some other setting required?
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Sound bar GUI glitch on MacBook

macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 (20B29) I vigorously swooshed the sound bar in an attempt to turn the music down. And for some reason, the bar sound is now stuck on the screen as shown in the picture below (Also,...
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Is it possible to display unread iMessage count in the menu bar on macOS 11+

I'm aware that this used to be possible at one point or another, but I'm trying to find a solution specifically for Big Sur and up. I've recently decided to automatically hide my dock which ...
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Menu Bar: Reverse lookup menu item by keyboard shortcut

Searching the Menu Bar by Name When using the search field in the Menu Bar's help menu, you can look up menu items for the current application by name. For instance, if I search for "Save" ...
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All apps crash on click/opening

Seeming randomly all applications start to crash. Sometimes after days. This includes Finder and even the Menubar. I've been trying to debug this problem, but so far with no success. Even a full ...
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How to toggle the macbook menu bar battery/wifi icon on/off via the command line

I know I can go into system preferences and for network and battery toggle the display of the icon on and off there. But I am looking for a way to do this from the command line. For example I have a ...
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Is direct keyboard shortcut access to menu bar items possible on macOS?

How can I focus top menu: On Windows after clicking alt button one can see letters being underlined, which are required to push to open chosen menu. How can I open File menu without using a mouse?
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How do I remove an Menu Item (Google Hangouts) from the macOS Menu Bar? [duplicate]

I have a Google Hangouts icon on my Menu Bar that I'd like to remove. I cannot find a way to remove it and I'd rather not install a cleaner tool just for this purpose. If a cleaner tool can do it, I ...
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How to change the time until the menu bar shows in fullscreen mode

Is there a way to increase the delay until the menu bar shows when the mouse pointer touches the top of the screen when in Full Screen view?
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suddenly all special characters like `control`, `option` and `command` have disappeared from menus

OK this is weird, suddenly all special characters have disappeared from all my menus on all my applications. Anyone have any clues on this? Trying to think of anything I've done recently. This is ...
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Disable Dynamic Menu Bar in macOS Big Sur

Is there a way to prevent macOS from changing the menu bar from light/dark mode whenever a wallpaper changes, and if so, how to do so?
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Is there a menu bar application that can give YouTube video controls?

When playing music on YouTube, the controls for the music show up on Apple's default audio menu bar icon. However, the icon does not give controls for seeing which video is playing (when ads are the ...
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How can I make a keyboard shortcut to strikethrough text in the Notes app?

Since Apple decided to give us shortcuts for all the text options except strikethrough, how can we do this with one keyboard stroke? I saw some other solutions, but I want my Cmd+Shift+x shortcut back!...
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How to never show bar in full screen [duplicate]

This "new" functionality almost makes me regret buying a new Macbook. How on earth do I turn off the menu showing when the mouse hits the top? It's so incredibly annoying... I went full ...
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How to get Wi-Fi details from menubar in Big Sur like before?

In previous versions of macOS it was possible to get details of the current Wi-Fi connection by command + option clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the menubar. This would show the ip address, WiFi strength, ...
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How can I show seconds on macOS BigSur's menu bar clock?

I work in an environment where seconds are critical. Is there a way to display the time with seconds in the menu bar on macOS Big Sur? More specifically, I am referring to the Date and Time at top ...
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