Let me brief. Apple has a problem with the Mac’s Menubar and it’s been that way almost as far back as I can remember Mac OS, Mac OS X, and macOS. The Menubar is where astute Mac users put various and sundry utilities that do this or that. From 1Password to Magnet. From Wi-Fi to Siri. From Dropbox to OneDrive.
The Menubar is easily accessible, easy to figure out how to use, and mostly ignored by Apple, including what could be done to improve it.
Simply put, the Menubar has limited space for a limited number of utilities. Apple could fix it but has chosen instead to dole out dividend checks, add AirPlay 2 to a discontinued Wi-Fi product, and ignore some of the Mac’s most glaring shortcomings.
What’s wrong with the Menubar?
First, what’s right with the Menubar. It’s clean, elegant, useful. The Menubar is available from within every Mac applications and easily organized. Except when it isn’t. The Menubar is the substitute Menu. If an applications menus happen to encroach on the Menubar space, guess which one gets truncated?
Years ago we found another Menubar utility which helps to fix the Menubar’s inherent shortcomings. It’s called Bartender. It works but takes some effort to master and some cash to use.
For Mac users with cluttered Menubar utilities and a tight budget, there’s Vanilla. This cleverly designed utility is free to install and use, and lets you add a handful of other features for a few dollars.
Simple enough, no?
Vanilla lets you reduce or expand the size of the Menubar, with all the glory of installed and visible (or invisible) apps and utilities, using just a click to the arrow key.
Organizing the apps in your Menubar is simple and straightforward anyway, and Vanilla just lets you see them all with a click or put them away with a click. A keyboard shortcut– along with other features– are available in the Pro version for $5.
If your Mac’s Menubar is too cluttered and you want some organization to stop the madness, try Vanilla. If you want more features and multiple Menubars, try Bartender. Both are excellent solutions to a time honored problem that Apple could make go away.