Shaken, Not Stirred

Ethan Shport on Aug 06 Customization 4 min read

This simple software “cocktail” is designed to help you organize and hide menu bar items on your Mac

Bartender 2
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4.0
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We all love Mac OS X for its elegance and simplicity of design. Bartender 2, a tiny smart utility, is aimed to take that simplicity even further by allowing you to unclutter the menu bar (all those little icons in the top-right corner of your screen).  With Bartender you are free to move most of your items, both system or personal, into a single place. To our opinion, it’s a great handy solution, especially if you’re a hard user of a large amount of apps.  

Less is more

As I’ve mentioned before, Bartender’s main functionality is generally based on simplifying the user interface. It allows you to control your Mac’s menu bar. From now on, it’s up to you to decide which apps stay in the menu bar, which are displayed in the Bartender Bar, and which are hidden completely.

In my case, as you can see on the screenshot below, the second row of icons are those I’ve chosen to be replaced and “hide” in Bartender (the sunglasses icon, three-dot icon by default; yes, you can choose how Bartender is depicted, cool?). As a result, I’ve cut the length of my menu bar twice. Success story.

However, due to some technical restrictions, I didn’t manage to hide or remove the Google Hangouts app icon and the Mac OS X Spotlight search. Sad, but I’m gonna be fine. No worries.

Additionally, Bartender allows you to set the order of all menu bar items (finally!), both in the menu bar and in the Bartender Bar, simply by ⌘+dragging. Order that you choose is maintained even after the restart, so your customized menu bar stays the same. Always.

Another flexible option of Bartender is that it can be placed anywhere you want right under the menu bar.

If you seek superminimalistic look and feel of your Mac’s interface, you can hide even the Bartender icon, apart from all others. In that case, you should either use a keyboard shortcut or launch the app again to make it visible.

Bartender will cost new users $15 after a 4-week free trial. Folks who are upgrading from the original Bartender will need to pay twice as less — $7.50.

Bartender 2
Customization
4.0
free
Bartender 2 lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartender Bar.