We haven’t had a menu bar exclusive post in awhile (last I see is July 2018) and its the end of the year so why not?!
Are you using a “menu bar manager”?
What’s your general philosophy in tending to your menu bar garden? What do you have to have shown/hidden? Why?
Long-time Bartender (available on Setapp) user here but this weekend’s Changelog newsletter mentioned Hidden Bar which is free and available on the App Store. I’m trying it out and so far my only complaint is that it doesn’t hide the dock icon. (There’s a recent open issue for this, so maybe soon…) I like its “divider” approach:
Bartender can emulate this but it takes a lot more icon position management as you add apps over time.
Here’s the organizational strategy I use with Bartender:
Pretty much the same with Hidden Bar, just have HB’s divider (<) on the far left:
Another thing I like about HB is that you can adjust what’s shown/hidden just by dragging icons around in the Menu Bar, instead of having to go to its Prefs, search for the app, select an option from a dropdown. Bartender has more options but I really don’t use any of them.
Happy Holidays, MPU!