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edit: The option described below has been removed from Chrome. This should void the question as well as my answer. Old answer: In the Chrome Menu Bar under "Chrome -> Hide Notification Icon" you can get rid of the bell without having to go through flags (which doesn't work/exist any more!). It's the Option one from the bottom (I found the information in a ...


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You want to change line 92 of the xml version of /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Battery.menu/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Localizable.strings: Make a copy of the strings file: cp /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/Battery.menu/Contents/Resources/\ English.lproj/Localizable.strings ~/Desktop Convert the binary strings file to xml: ...


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The Eject menu is part of the Menu Extras that are of the standard core service items for the Mac. It is not normally enabled. But one way of enabling it is to double click on the /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Eject.menu file. The Eject menu is normally for your built in disc drive if you have one. It may or may not work on external disc ...


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Go to System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Input Sources and define a keyboard shortcut there. As you only have two sources, set a single shortcut for one of the options, then pressing the shortcut will toggle the input sources.


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"Lock Screen" is now available via the Apple menu.


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That item is the VMWare fusion menu bar icon. The vendor has this article and steps to allow you to disable and configure it. http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1015330 To modify the behavior of this feature: Go to Virtual Machine > Settings. Click Application Menu (Applications in Fusion 3). Click the Applications Menu tab if using Fusion 3. From the Show ...


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Update 2015-03-04: According to some updated release notes from the Bartender app (v1.2.32; emphasis mine): Apple appear to have fixed the flickering item issue for multiple monitors in Yosemite with 10.10.3 Beta 2; but in doing so Bartender stopped working correctly. We have made changes to Bartender for 10.10.3 Beta 2 and anticipate it to now be ...


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So I got fed up with this and decided to fix it the hard way. I found out where Spotlight initializes the status bar item, and I just patched the status bar size to zero. This requires editing the Spotlight binary. (Note that Search.bundle is just the little stub that gets loaded into SystemUIServer to allow Spotlight.app to control the status bar). You'll ...


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I've been annoyed by this, too, and the simple, yet very, very painful answer is to hold alt ⌥option and press the green title bar button (which should turn into a + when you hold option/alt) If this doesn't make it cover the screen, you can finish the job by holding alt ⌥option and double-clicking a corner to resize the window to fill the screen. ...


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With the File menu open, press and hold the Option key to get the Save As... command. Update: Some new users of macOS may be concerned about the discoverability of the command, as it is not visible by default in the Pages menu bar. And most users aren't aware that the Option modifier key can alter the behavior of commands. An alternate discovery approach ...


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Check out iGlance it's open source.


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Google has buried this option in a very hard-to-find location. Visit chrome://flags/#enable-google-now in Chrome.app Visit chrome://flags/#notification-center-tray-behavior in Chrome.app Change both settings to Disabled. (They're probably on Default currently.) (NOTE: this used to be chrome://flags/#enable-rich-notifications)


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One that hasn't been mentioned yet is Stats, which describes itself as a Simple macOS system monitor in your menu bar It's an excellent open source project (https://github.com/exelban/stats) that can be installed via: brew cask install stats


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In System Preferences > Accessibility > Display, enable the "Reduce Transparency" option. (Note, though, that that disables transparency across the whole system; it doesn't seem like it's possible to disable the transparency just for the menu bar anymore.)


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I'd recommend using the utility app called Bartender. http://www.macbartender.com This is a handy utility to manage and change the way menu bar icons are displayed. You can leave them in the menu bar, have them dropped down into the bartender bar which itself is opened via a small icon in your menu bar, but can hold any of the icons normally in the menu bar,...


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In terminal, write: defaults write com.apple.menuextra.clock IsAnalog -bool true Not what you want but close enough as it makes it a single clock icon


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You can revert application toolbars to their 10.x look by setting NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle. defaults write -g NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle -bool false -g sets this globally (all applications), or you can specify a bundle identifier for a single app. Restart the application for the change to take effect (restart Finder with killall Finder)...


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Finder has a relatively short app menu, so activating Finder is a quick way to see more menu bar icons. (And the built-in Maps app has an even shorter app menu.) Bartender collapses the menu bar items into a submenu, which will let you see more of them (without being hidden by app menus).


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I was experiencing this behavior on a secondary display as well. Although it is merely a workaround, I can confirm that putting an app in Full Screen mode on the secondary display will force the OS to redraw the menu bar.


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Save the following AppleScript to a file named fullscreen.scpt: use framework "AppKit" use scripting additions repeat with runningApp in current application's NSWorkspace's sharedWorkspace's runningApplications() if runningApp's isActive() set frontApp to (localizedName of runningApp) as text exit repeat end if end repeat tell ...


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Although I do not know the problem, there are several solutions. Reboot or Log out. Kill the SystemUIServer process, either via Activity Monitor or via killall SystemUIServer. The UI server will restart and the problem will be gone. I've seen it happen that I needed to kill it twice to fully take effect.


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Fusion 8 In Fusion 8, this is in VMWare's Preferences. 1. Click VMWare Fusion and select Preferences... 2. There will be a dropdown for Applications Menu: 3. Set this to Never or Only when Fusion is running


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Use the Accessibility Inspector, accessible from Xcode → Open Developer Tool → Accessibility Inspector. Click "Show" on the "Hierarchy" sub-section (which will show you the Application Name). Click on the "Target Icon" at the top of the Inspector (Labeled: Start inspection follows point). Hover over the item and the pane may show you enough information ...


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AccessMenuBar solves that problem.


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Edit: Only just saw this comment by the OP. I will leave this answer up in case anyone finds it useful. Try HazeOver. It does what Isolator did: Puts a dimmable layer over the screen except for the current window (or all windows of the current app). It is a paid app, available on the Mac App Store. It has been updated for El Capitan and works for me ...


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In addition to what others have said (using the ALT/OPTION + CLICK green maximize button), to designate a Desktop Space for one app, you can do a: 3 (or 4) Finger Swipe Up to bring up the spaces menu at the top of the screen. Bring your mouse over the top right and the (+) icon should expand and let you add a new space. Drag that space in whichever order ...


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The Alt + Letter is a Windows things doesn't appear in OS X. There are two native options to navigate the menu bar. First, very quick, and intuitive, is a Mac universal shortcut Command(⌘)+? (which is: ⌘+Shift+/) which will take you to the Help menu. From there you can search whatever menu bar item you wish, and get the shortcut if one exists; just start ...


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Late to answer but still for those landing here looking for a Ethernet connectivity status icon in menu bar, check this macOS app Ethernet Status - The Missing LAN Status Bar Icon. It shows ethernet interface, IP Address and if interface is active via changing menu bar icon. More here It does differentiate between WIFI and Wired Ethernet and shows the ...


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Since Skype 8 is an Electron app you can modify its source code. Run this command in Terminal: LC_ALL=C sed -i '' -e "s/this\._tray=new i\.Tray(this\._getTrayIconInternal()),/\/\*is\._tray=new i\.Tray(this\._getTrayIconInternal()\*\//" -e "s/initTrayMenu(){.\{7\}/initTrayMenu(){return;/" /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/Resources/app.asar ...


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I just installed menumeters. If you go into the preferences for MenuMeters it is possible to add a network icon to the OSX menu bar. Clicking on the icon, indicates the current network (i.e., wifi or Ethernet). This is a reasonable solution, but it still requires you to click on the icon to see whether ethernet is connected.


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