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How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

С помощью раздела «Строка меню и Dock» в Системных настройках на Mac можно изменить внешний вид Dock и выбрать объекты, отображаемые в строке меню и Пункте управления.

Чтобы изменить эти настройки, выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Строка меню и Dock».

Строка меню и Dock

Переместите бегунок для изменения размера Dock.

Увеличение значков при наведении указателя. Переместите бегунок для выбора увеличенного размера.

Расположение на экране

Выберите местоположение Dock: вдоль левого, нижнего или правого края экрана.

Убрать в Dock c эффектом

Выберите визуальный эффект при сворачивании окна.

Двойное нажатие на заголовок окна

Нажмите всплывающее меню, чтобы выбрать действие, которое должно выполняться при двойном нажатии на строку заголовка окна приложения.

Свернуть: свернуть окно приложения в Dock.

Масштаб: расширять окно для заполнения пространства между Dock и строкой меню. Если Dock находится на боковой стороне экрана, окно разворачивается и заполняет пространство ниже строки меню и сбоку от Dock.

Убирать окно в Dock в значок приложения

Сворачивать окно приложения до значка приложения в Dock. Если этот флажок снят, окно сворачивается до области в Dock.

Анимация открывающихся приложений

Скачкообразное движение значков при открытии приложений.

Автоматически показывать или скрывать Dock

Скрывать Dock, когда Вы его не используете. Для просмотра скрытого Dock наведите указатель на сторону экрана, на которой расположена панель Dock.

Показывать индикаторы открытых программ

Показывать небольшую точку под значком приложения в Dock, если приложение открыто.

Показывать недавние программы в Dock

Показывать приложения, которые недавно открывались (если они еще не добавлены в Dock), в одном из концов Dock.

Автоматически скрывать и показывать строку меню

Установите флажок, чтобы показывать строку меню только при перемещении указателя к верхнему краю экрана. Чтобы всегда показывать строку меню, снимите флажок.

Пункт управления

Список объектов, которые всегда отображаются в Пункте управления и которые можно также отобразить в строке меню

Нажмите объект в списке, например «Wi-Fi» или «Не беспокоить». Справа отображается предварительный просмотр.

Чтобы отобразить объект в строке меню, установите флажок «Показывать в строке меню» (снимите флажок, если не хотите отображать объект).

Другие модули

Список объектов, которые можно отобразить в Пункте управления или строке меню

Нажмите объект в списке, например «Команды Универсального доступа» или «Быстрое переключение пользователей», затем установите флажки «Показывать в строке меню» и «Показывать в Пункте управления» (снимите флажок, если не хотите отображать объект). Справа отображается предварительный просмотр.

Если Вы используете ноутбук Mac, Вы можете отобразить статус аккумулятора в Пункте управления или строке меню. Если Вы включили показ статуса аккумулятора в строке меню, Вы также можете включить отображение заряда аккумулятора в процентах (если статус аккумулятора показан в Пункте управления, он всегда отображается вместе с зарядом в процентах).

Только строка меню

Список объектов, которые можно отобразить только в строке меню

Нажмите объект в списке, например «Spotlight» или «Time Machine», затем установите флажок «Показывать в строке меню» (снимите флажок, если не хотите отображать объект). Справа отображается предварительный просмотр.

Для часов можно настроить параметры отображения даты и времени в строке меню. Для объявления времени вслух установите флажок «Произносить время», затем выберите время объявления и голос, который будет использоваться для объявлений.

Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password’s blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple. Read more.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Menu bar clutter on Macs is real, but Bartender helps by hiding everything you don’t need and surfacing it when you do. Here’s how to use it to declutter your menu bar for good without losing functionality.

Why Bartender Is So Useful

It sometimes seems like every app adds a menu bar item. Over time, the number of items in our menu bar grows.

The problem is Apple’s solution to decluttering this area isn’t very useful. Sure, you can enable and disable specific items, but there are some you might need occasionally but don’t want to see all the time.

That’s where Bartender comes in. If you only need an item once in a while, you can hide it behind the Bartender icon. You click it to open the Bartender Bar, and there you find all the items you chose to hide.

Bartender is available as a free, four-week trial. You have to pay $15 to continue using the app after that.

How to Hide an Item with Bartender

Right-click the Bartender icon in the menu bar and click “Preferences.”

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Click the “Menu Items” tab. All available items are listed on the left of the window. Click an item to select it.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Select an option from the first drop-down box to choose whether you want an item to be shown or hidden.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Bartender offers four options:

  • Show: Shows the item in the menu bar.
  • Hide: Hides the item from the menu bar and moves it to the Bartender Bar.
  • Always Show: Shows the item in the menu bar and Bartender Bar.
  • Always Hide: Hides the item completely. It remains accessible via search.

Some items change depending on different circumstances—the drop-box item changes during the syncing process, for example. Bartender displays items when a change is detected. Check “Show for Updates” to enable the option and select how long you want the item to be visible.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

You can also type a text name for the item to use when you search for it.

How to Find or Search for an Item

Items set to “Hide” aren’t visible on the main menu bar, but items set to “Always Hide” don’t even appear in the Bartender Bar. However, you can search for these to access them. The easiest way to do this is to set up Bartender to use a hotkey, so you can quickly access search.

Right-click the icon in the menu bar to open the Bartender preferences and select the “Hot Keys” tab to configure search.

Click the “Enter Hotkey” area and press the key combination you want to use.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Once set, you can quickly bring up Bartender’s search prompt. Give your new hotkey a quick press to test it out.

Type the shortcut, and a search bar appears beneath the Bartender icon. Type an item’s search name and press Return. Press Return again or click the item to interact with it.

This is the quickest way to access hidden items and the only way to access any that are always hidden. You can assign more hotkeys to show hidden items, show all menu bar items, and more.

Inside Bartender’s Settings

Bartender has plenty of options. Some are cosmetic, but others are vital to how the app functions.

First, you can choose whether Bartender opens when you start your Mac. Make sure this is checked—you can find it in the “General” tab—to get the most out of Bartender.

You can also automatically hide hidden items after showing them for the ultimate in clutter reduction. Otherwise, all items remain visible until you click the Bartender icon again.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

The Bartender icon doesn’t have to be visible if you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts to view hidden items—we discussed those earlier.

To disable the Bartender icon, uncheck the “Visible” checkbox in the “Appearance” tab. You can also customize the Bartender icon when it’s visible.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Bartender keeps track of items, so it can display them when they change. That uses power, which can impact battery life on portable Macs. You can instruct Bartender to check for changes less frequently by checking the “Decrease check for update checking” option in the “Advanced” tab.

Note that Bartender checks for item updates less regularly, and they may not appear immediately if this option is selected.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

You might find that an app’s menus hide your menu bar items—particularly on small and low-resolution displays. Check the “Remove Applications menu when needed” checkbox in the same tab to allow Bartender to remove bar items when it needs more room.

The Bartender app adds a menu bar to the menu bar, which allows you to keep some items hidden from view but still easily accessible.

If my six (admittedly basic) tips for organizing your Mac’s menu bar didn’t scratch your itch for menu bar order, then I suggest you give Bartender a try. Available direct from the developer’s Bartender site and not the Mac App Store, the app costs $15 but you can try it for free for four weeks. Basically, Bartender adds a menu bar to your menu bar, letting you keep less frequently used icons hidden from view until you need them.

After installing the Bartender app, you’ll see an ellipsis icon gets placed in your menu bar. Click on it and then hit the gear icon and select Preferences. On the Menu Items tab, you can choose which of your menu bar icons you’d like to move from your Mac’s menu bar to the Bartender menu bar. Bartender breaks the your menu bar icons into two groups: System Items and Active Menu Items. System Items are the default Mac menu bar items, and Active Menu Items are any third-party apps you are using that have placed an icon in your menu bar.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

For each of your menu bar items, you have three options:

Nothing, Bartender does not do anything: This leaves the icon as is in your Mac’s menu bar.

Show in Bartender Bar, not in Menu Bar: This moves the icon from the menu bar to the Bartender bar.

Completely Hide Menu Bar Item: This removes the icon from the menu bar.

On the Menu Items tab, you can also check a box so that when an app gets updated, its icon appears in the menu bar for a selected period of time, from five seconds to ten minutes.

On the General tab, you can have Bartender launch at login and its bar, too. You can also have the Bartender bar autohide when you mouse off of it or leave it so that you must click the Bartender icon to close the bar. And you can select from seven menu bar icons for Bartender or choose your own. I’m partial to the classy Bartender icon myself.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

On the Advanced tab, you can set up hotkeys show the Bartender bar, hide the left-hand menu items in the menu bar in order to see all right-hand menu bar icons (should they be legion), and show all items in your Mac’s menu bar, including the icons you moved to the Bartender bar or hid from view.

Lastly, you can hold down the Command key and drag icons around on the Bartender bar as you can on the Mac menu bar. And if you grab the left edge of the Bartender bar, you can drag to reposition it.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouseJust what we needed—another reason not to get up off the couch. Logitech’s Touch Mouse turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless mouse, perfect for those moments when you want to do something on your computer without actually touching it. Although the application and its accompanying computer server software is slightly more involved installation-wise, it’s worth it, especially for ending the hassle of getting up and down to manually change programming when watching video from your computer displayed on a television.

Two important things to know before you use Touch Mouse. First, your computer must be WiFi enabled. And second, you must have the free Touch Mouse server software running on your computer before you can use the application with your iPhone or iPod touch. So install the free Touch Mouse app on your iPhone or iPod touch. Now install the server software for your Mac or Windows PC (get it HERE ).

Here’s a tip: Right above the Download Software button near the bottom of the Logitech download page is a link to “Touch Mouse Instructions.pdf.” It offers advice for Macs and PCs and is worth perusing before you start messing with this thing.

NOTE: There is a PC version of Touch Mouse server but only the Mac OS X version of the server was tested.

Once installed, the Touch Mouse server appears in your Mac’s Menu Bar with an “X” on it, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: The “X” indicates that your iPhone or iPod touch is not yet connected to the server.

When you launch the Touch Mouse app on your iPhone or iPod touch it searches for (and hopefully finds) the Touch Mouse server running on your computer. But before you start using it, I urge you to explore its myriad of useful settings (tap the gears in the lower right corner)., as shown in Figure 2.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Figure 2: Set ‘em just the way you like ‘em before you start.

If you just want a plain old two-button mouse, make sure the Show Button 3 switch is set to Off. I encourage you to experiment with the tracking and scrolling speeds — when you get them just right the app feels almost as good as a MacBook track pad or one of those newfangled Magic Track Pads.

Here’s another tip: Although there is an On/Off switch for the click and drag feature, I found I could usually click and drag even when the switch was set to Off.

Now that everything is going to (theoretically) work just the way you like it, here’s how to actually use this puppy…

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Figure 3: The Touch Mouse app’s trackpad and mouse buttons.

At the top of the screen are two (or three) Mouse Buttons; they work like the two or three buttons on your computer’s mouse.

The area below the buttons works like a trackpad. Drag your finger across the iPhone screen and the cursor on your Mac moves as it would if you were dragging your finger on a trackpad or using a mouse. Tracking is surprisingly smooth with very little lag or jumpiness on most Macs most of the time.

To scroll up or down on your computer, place two fingers on the iPhone screen and move them up, down, or side to side.

Just bear in mind that many of the options described above can be changed in Touch Mouse Preferences. If it doesn’t work the way I describe it, check your App’s preferences (the gears in the lower right corner).

Tap the keyboard icon to use the app’s keyboard. When you do it’s almost like typing on your computer’s keyboard. Alas, this particular keyboard is not as intuitive or intelligent as most iPhone keyboards. More specifically, it doesn’t automatically switch between caps and no-caps or check your spelling. On the other hand, it lets you see what you are typing on your iPhone screen, as shown in Figure 4. I found this feature particularly helpful when I was too far from my computer to see the letters I’m typing clearly on its screen.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Figure 4: Functional but unintelligent portrait-mode keyboard.

By the way: You can rotate your iPhone or iPod touch to use it in landscape mode. But note that when you do the trackpad and mouse buttons disappear due to the lack of available space on the screen — a minor inconvenience.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Figure 5: Landscape-mode keyboard displaces the touchpad and mouse buttons.

In giving the Touch Mouse a thorough “Couch Potato Test” I find it quite slacker-worthy. While lying on the sofa I can easily see the screen of my MacBook Pro as it sits on the coffee table some five feet away (extremely far for a Couch Tater like me). I’ve tried using it while watching a movie, listening to tunes, reading and answering emails, and proofreading this review. I wouldn’t recommend it for extensive typing, but it’s great for controlling the cursor when your computer is several feet away. If you have a Mac you use as a media server that’s connected to a TV, this app may be the ideal remote control.

For the most part it performed as promised with no trouble at all. That said, I did occasionally get a jittery, stuttering cursor. The problem would last until I disconnected from and reconnected to the server software. It was somewhat disconcerting so if it happens to you, just disconnect and reconnect from the server and it should clear up.

To do that (disconnect your iPhone from the server) from your iPhone, just click on the disconnect button at the bottom of the screen (on the left of the Settings gears; looks like a pair of arrows). Or, to disconnect the iPhone from the server using your Mac, choose Stop Server and Exit from the Touch Mouse menu.

There is one last thing: If you plan to type much, I found that using my Apple Wireless Keyboard ($69) keyboard with the Touch Mouse was great for any task that required typing more than a couple of characters on the iPhone keyboard.

System requirements

Touch Mouse is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running iPhone OS 3.0 or later. Requires Macintosh OS X 10.5 – 10.6

The bottom line

For watching video content on your television from your computer, Touch Mouse is extremely convenient. It’s also helpful when you don’t want to physically be touching your computer as you surf through websites and emails. You won’t want to type much text on its keyboard, but for trackpad control from afar it can’t be beat.

Product: Touch Mouse app

List Price: Free

Convenient, easy-to-use, does what it says it does and the price is right.

A little more complicated to set up than most iPhone or iPod touch apps, dumb keyboard.

Do you have two different computers, say a desktop and a laptop, that you want to use at the same time via the same mouse and keyboard? Adding on to that, the two computers are running different operating systems. How can you make use of one set of keyboard and mouse and control both computers?

Share Mouse is a cool application that lets you share your mouse and keyboard with multiple networked computers. That means I can go back and forth from my PC monitor to my Macbook Pro screen and vice versa, all while using the single mouse and keyboard (connected to my Windows PC). What’s even better is that you can also share clipboards, meaning you can copy something on one computer and paste it to the other.

Although I don’t plan on using Share Mouse indefinitely, it’s a great temporary solution to my issue of wanting to use my Macbook Pro as a second monitor. Whether you have Windows and Mac, Windows and Windows, or Mac and Mac computers, Share Mouse will really come in handy and boost productivity.

Here’s how it works.

Getting Started

1. You will need to download Share Mouse on both computers that you want to use. In my case, I downloaded it on my Windows PC and on my Macbook Pro. You can get the installation and program files, or get the portable editions that can be run from any USB flash drive.

2. Once downloaded, run and install Share Mouse on both of your computers. Upon completion, you’ll see the Share Mouse icon in your Windows Notification Area and/or Mac’s menu bar. Share Mouse will automatically detect any other computer that is running the software, and you’ll see a notification alerting you of this.

3. Next, you can click on the icon on either computer and go to “Monitor Manager.” This let you set the arrangement of your monitors; each of your monitors will display a letter on them, so that you can tell them apart. All you have to do is drag-and-drop the monitors according to how they’re set up on your desk.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Customize the Settings

4. Once you’re done with the Monitor Manager, click on the “Settings” button in the bottom right corner of the window so that you can customize other things like: monitor switching, sharing options, key mapping, network settings, online updates, and security.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

There are many cool options in the preferences window, such as the ability to dim the inactive monitor and set the amount of dimming that should be applied. You can also enable drag-and-drop, which lets you drag one or multiple files (documents, images, videos) from one monitor and drop them to the other – yes, you can drag files from Windows to Mac and vice versa (or just copy and paste them). Unfortunately, you can’t drag-and-drop application windows like browser windows.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

You can set up keyboard shortcuts and even password protect your connection so that only users with the password can communicate with your computer; otherwise, anyone with the app will be able to just connect to your computer. I tested this out with my husband’s computer and I was indeed able to access his two monitors on his Windows PC right away, and he was able to access mine as well. With a password via Protected mode, that is not possible.

5. When you’re done arranging your monitors and customizing the settings, close out the window and you should be able to drag your mouse back and forth between both. When you move your mouse from one monitor/screen to the other, an arrow will display on the monitor that you’ve moved from and point in the direction of the monitor that your mouse has moved to. While this isn’t needed, it’s a nice little added affect.

Conclusion

All done! Share Mouse is easy to set up and it’s free for anyone using 2 monitors. If you go over 2 monitors, it will consider you a “power-user” and prompt you to purchase a registration key every few minutes. Plus, you’ll have to close out the app and restart after each alert – very annoying. However, as long as you only want to use two monitors/screens, then you’re good to go.

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

The Touch Bar may be the most compelling feature of Apple’s newly released MacBook Pro lineup. But before you shell out a minimum of $1,799 for a new computer, know that you can use this interesting new tool for just $10, thanks to Duet Display.

What is Duet Display, and what does it have to do with the Touch Bar?

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Duet Display is an app for iPhone and iPad that turns your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac. With a recent update, the app also allows you to use a virtual Touch Bar with that second display, even if your Mac doesn’t have a hardware Touch Bar. Any app that’s been updated with Touch Bar support will work with the virtual version as well.

In order to get started, you’ll need Duet Display for iPhone and iPad, along with the free companion app for Mac.

  • Duet Display (iPhone and iPad) – $9.99 (on sale) – Download Now
  • Duet Display (Mac) – Free – Download Now

With those installed, you’ll be ready to get started with the Touch Bar on your current Mac.

How to enable the Touch Bar in Duet Display

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning connector or, for older devices, a 30-pin connector.
  2. Open Duet Display on your Mac.

Open Duet Display on your iPhone or iPad.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Click the Duet icon in your Mac’s Menu bar.

Hover your cursor over your device’s name and click Touchbar Enabled under Touchbar.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

How to disable the Touch Bar in Duet Display

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning connector or, for older devices, a 30-pin connector.
  2. Open Duet Display on your Mac.

Open Duet Display on your iPhone or iPad.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Click the Duet icon in your Mac’s Menu bar.

Hover your cursor over your device’s name and click Touchbar Disabled under Touchbar.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Using the Touch Bar in Duet Display

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Now that you’ve got it set up, you might be wondering how exactly you use your brand new virtual Touch Bar. It’s actually pretty straightforward.

As long as Duet is open on your iPhone or iPad and your device is connected to your Mac, you can use the virtual Touch Bar just as you would its hardware counterpart. You can use all of the built-in Mac Touch Bar features, such as volume control on the control strip or emoji selection in Messages.

You can also customize what appears on your Touch Bar, just as you would on a new MacBook Pro, because when you’re using Duet Display, your Mac thinks you have a Touch Bar. Thus, you follow the same steps you would on a new MacBook Pro.

Best Apps for the Touch Bar

Thanks to the Touch Bar, developers have been able to put important controls and tools right at your fingertips. This can be especially important for new users, how may not have the location of every tool in, for instance, Pixelmator, in muscle memory just yet. It also lets old pros put their most important functions just a tap away.

If you’re wondering which apps make use of the Touch Bar, be sure to check out the list of our favorites so far.

Any Questions?

If you’ve got any questions about using the Touch Bar with Duet Display, be sure to put them in the comments.

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How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

If you ever find yourself tired of staring at your Mac’s Touch Bar, there’s hope. We’ve previously talked about different techniques you can use to disable it or blank it out entirely, but the best solution still costs around $11 to implement. Now, there’s a new app that promises to take the exact same approach for one-fourth the price. And it’s easy to use.

To get rid of your Touch Bar — which includes blanking it out and making sure that accidentally brushing your finger past that space does nothing — check out Hide My Bar. It’s a lightweight app that you can’t purchase via the Mac App Store, but it does come with a 10-day free trial so you can give it a whirl to confirm it works well for your needs.

Download and install, and the app’s icon will live in your Mac’s Menu bar in perpetuity (once you’ve also allowed the app to “control your computer” via the Accessibility menu in your Security & Privacy settings). While that’s normally a move you should think twice about when an app asks you for that kind of permission, it’s also the only way Hide My Bar can work its magic.

From there, all you have to do is launch the app, open up its preferences and set it to launch whenever you log into your system. After that, simply double-tap the Command key to hide and reveal your Touch Bar.

If you find that you’re missing a few controls on your Touch Bar when you go to conceal it on your Mac, Hide My Bar even comes with an option to virtually recreate a few of them. Enable “Display essential controls in the menu” within its preferences, and you’ll be able to click Hide My Bar’s icon to reveal virtual buttons for your screen’s brightness, your keyboard’s brightness, and your volume — including a mute button.

I didn’t think I’d enjoy Hide My Bar as much as I do, especially since I tend to prefer free apps whenever possible. For the price of a some value-menu french fries, however, Hide My Bar does a great job at its singular task: getting rid of your Touch Bar when you don’t want to mess with it and restoring it when you’re ready to be friends again.

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Master the Touch Bar – and Get One on Any Mac (or iPad)

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Craig Grannell

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

With its fourth-generation MacBook Pro, released in late 2016, Apple replaced the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard. In its place: a touch-sensitive strip called the Touch Bar.

This decision was about versatility. Function keys are archaic, and although they’ve been co-opted for various uses (such as triggering shortcuts in pro apps), Apple figured there was a better way to use the space.

Rather than a rigid set of keys, the Touch Bar gives you a blank canvas. As with an iOS display, it can become anything in the hands of a skilled developer. It also integrates Touch ID, adding another layer of security to a Mac.

Use and configure the Touch bar

Interact with a MacBook Pro and the Touch Bar immediately activates. What it displays depends on the app you’re using – and what part of it. For example, when using Safari, the Touch Bar may display a large button to begin a search, icons of stored web page favorites, or thumbnails of open web pages.

That said, some keys are always displayed. To the far left is the Escape key. To the right is the Control Strip, housing a Siri button, and controls for brightness and volume.

To expand the Control Strip, tap the ‘ Customize Touch Bar, and the process for defining favorites uses the same drag-and-drop method mentioned earlier. There are occasionally exceptions, however: for example, Logic Pro X houses Touch Bar customization within Logic Pro X > Key Commands > Edit.

Also, should you use an app that utilizes function keys a lot, you can have the Touch Bar show them while you’re in that app, but revert to its usual behavior elsewhere. In the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, select Shortcuts and choose Function Keys from the sidebar. Click ‘+’, select an app, and click Add. When in the chosen app (or apps, if you add several), the function keys will be displayed, and pressing Fn will show the expanded Control Strip.

Manage Touch ID on your MacBook Pro

At the right-hand side of the Touch Bar is the Touch ID button. This enables you to use a finger or thumb to unlock your Mac, use Apple Pay, and confirm payments in iTunes and on the App Store.

When you first set up your Mac, you go through the process of setting up Touch ID, but you can make adjustments in the Touch ID pane within System Preferences. The checkboxes toggle what Touch ID can be used for, and you can add up to three fingerprints.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Typically, most people will use a thumb, as on an iOS device, but you might also try adding the index or middle finger of your right hand, which more naturally stretches to a MacBook Pro’s Touch ID sensor when you’re typing.

Get a Touch Bar without buying a new MacBook Pro

If you fancy trying the Touch Bar, but don’t want a new MacBook Pro, you have two options. The first is Touché. This free download adds a virtual Touch Bar that sits at the bottom of your display.

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

It’s an interesting app for learning about how the Touch Bar works, but it has drawbacks. First, Touché sits above other content – although using its settings you can at least create a system-wide shortcut to toggle the app. Secondly, it’s not so much Touch Bar as Click With A Mouse Bar.

Duet Display ($19.99) gets around both issues, for any iOS device connected to your Mac using a Lightning cable. Install and launch Duet Display on an iPad or iPhone, and the Duet client on your Mac. Your iOS device will become a second display. Select your device from Duet Display’s menu bar icon on the Mac, choose ‘Touchbar [sic] enabled’, and the Touch Bar will appear on your iOS device, working in the same way as it would on a MacBook Pro – and you get extra screen space to use as well.

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Read this guide for the best ways to customize your Mac menu bar

How to use your mac’s menu bar without touching your mouse

Customize Mac menu bar

The macOS menu bar is a great place for quickly accessing system and application functions using menu extras or “menulets”, but it can get cluttered pretty quickly as more and more icons vie for a space there.

With every new icon app added, things become a little more cluttered and usability takes another hit. Fortunately, it’s possible to edit the menu bar to rearrange and remove icons so that it’s able to suit your needs at any given moment. Read on for the best ways to make the menu bar on Mac truly yours.

How to Rearrange Icons in the Menu Bar

Plenty of menu bar icons offer useful shortcuts to app and system functions, and may take up permanent residence on your screen. But left to their own devices, the arrangement of said icons is likely to become cluttered. Fortunately, re-organizing them is simple, once you know how to do it.

  • Hold down the Command key.
  • Hover your mouse cursor over the icon you want to move.
  • Holding down the left mouse button, drag the icon into your preferred position on the menu bar. Other icons will step aside to make space for it.
  • Let go of the left mouse button.

The only icon that cannot be tampered with is the Notification Center. Apple has decided this must remain in the far right corner of the menu, which is fair enough — it looks good there.

Rearranging menu items in OS X versions (El Capitan and older)

Movement of icons in old versions of macOS is reserved for selected apps only: Bluetooth, audio, Time Machine, WiFi, battery, clock, and user switching. Spotlight and Notification Center must stay put, as must all third-party apps.

To move icons around within the designated area, once again hold Command, then click and hold the icon to drag it.

How to Remove System Icons From the Menu Bar

Icons linked to system controls can be easily removed from the menu bar in the following way:

  • Hold down the Command key.
  • Hover your mouse cursor over the icon you want to remove.
  • Holding down the left mouse button, drag the icon out of the menu bar and onto the desktop.
  • Let go of the left mouse button.

If the icon doesn’t vanish with a “whoosh” sound, then it was likely put there by a third-party app you or another user installed. In that case, look for an option in the associated app’s settings such as “Show in Menu Bar” and uncheck it.

How to Add Icons to the Menu Bar

If you’re missing a specific system icon in the Mac’s menu bar, you can add it through System Preferences. For instance, to enable the Language icon, select Language & Region in the preference pane, click Input Sources, and check the box next to “Show Input menu in menu bar.”

Because the menu options like Clock and Ink can’t be found in System Preferences, you might need to use the System folder as well:

  • Open Finder.
  • Select Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar.
  • Type a path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras.
  • Double-click an item and it will instantly appear in your menu bar.
  • You can easily remove any of the icons by holding Command and dragging it outside of the menu bar as described above.

Customize Mac menu bar

Customize Mac menu bar with Bartender

If you want more control over how the menu bar looks and what it does, you should consider using the Bartender app.

Bartender lets you hide icons without quitting and rearrange icons in a way that better suits how you use the menu bar — something particularly useful if you’re running an older version of macOS.

App icons can be displayed when updating, shown in the Bartender Bar only, or hidden completely and accessed easily using a built-in search function. It’s even possible to toggle through and activate items using keyboard navigation.

If you’re someone that prefers a minimalist look, the app gives you the option to remove the Bartender menu item, leaving you with a crisp, clean menu bar.

Bottom Line

Overall, the Mac menu bar is there to help you improve your productivity by giving you quick access to the apps and tools you need. Using the tips above, you can customize the menu bar in a way that works for you.