I’m a fairly orderly person at heart. In particular I like my workspaces to be clear, minimal and free of clutter. In my case, since I work at a laptop on my lap and don’t have a desk, that means I like my computer’s desktop to be ‘clean’.
Earlier this year I stopped writing MacTips and sold the website. In recent years though I made a video to accompany many of the Tips. Before I could make a video I would have to quit apps or turn off their icon in the Menubar to avoid having a cluttered screen. Sometimes too, the icons would interfere with the right-hand menus for an app.
All that messing about was tedious, to say the least, especially restoring the apps and icons afterwards for the ones I did actually want to have available.
After all, I like being able to glance at the date, along with WiFi status, battery charge and various other indicators.
Then I discovered Bartender for Mac (US$15):
Bartender lets you organize your Menu Bar Apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartenders Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have Menu Bar Apps show in the menu bar when they are updating, or have them always visible in the Bartenders Bar.
The work is in the Preferences section
Bartender is very simple. Download and install it, then go to the Preferences (gear icon) in the Bar.
In the Menu Items pane select an app on the left then on the right choose whether that app’s icon should remain in the main Menu Bar (as I’ve chosen for Vitamin-R2) or instead be shown in the Bartender Bar or be completely hidden.
A one-trick pony of the best kind
This is a little app that really only does one thing, and it does it superbly well. I now hide almost all icons, but they’re only a click away.
I really don’t think there are any disadvantages with Bartender. It hides all the icons I wish to hide, keeping the Menu Bar clean, tidy and uncluttered. I have one-click access to any icons I want to glance at.
I’ve been using Bartender for almost a year now. It was $15 superbly well spent.