Get Rid of Leopard's Transparent Menu Bar

Get Rid of Leopard's Transparent Menu Bar

The Menu bar in Leopard is transparent. Why Apple decided to do this, I don't know. I think it looks bad.

 

That does not look good.

 

You can convert the Menu bar to a solid white strip with Eternal Storms Software's OpaqueMenuBar, a free utility (donations accepted).

 

Download OpaqueMenuBar, move it to your Applications folder, and then double-click it. You'll soon see that your Menu bar is no longer transparent. Unfortunately, it doesn't apply to the pull-down menus.

 

That's better.

 

If you decide that you want to completely commit yourself to the Leopard experience and you want the transparent Menu bar back, here's how to revert the Menu bar back to its transparent self.

 

To disable OpaqueManuBar, you need to kill it in Activity Monitor.

 

1. Launch Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities).
2. In the list of processes, look for OpaqueMenuBar. Click on it.
3. Click on the Quit Process button in the upper left.

 

The other way to stop OpaqueMenuBar is to launch the Terminal (Applications > Utilities), type killall OpaqueMenuBar and press Return.

 

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personally, i like the semi-transparent bar also! i also used shapeshifter to get a transparent menu bar and pulldowns in Tiger, which was a great program. i've always thought apple would just go ahead and buy shapeshifter and implement radical customization in OS X. really, it's kinda stupid that they don't allow us to easily change those kind of things lol

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I don't care for the opaque menu bar either. But, if that is the most annoying feature in the new OS, it is the best OS ever.

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If you use a solid background, or at least one with a solid color at the top, you'll get something that looks like a solid menu bar. Come to think of it, with this in mind, you could create any color menu bar you'd like... or make it look like a barber pole if you so desired. As for me, I genuinely like the transparent look. I must also agree that a comment such as, "Fix Leopard's most annoying feature: The transparent Menu bar," come across as fact when it is only opinion. It reminds me of my kids saying a certain food is awful simply because they don't like it. Fortunately, there are always 3rd party utilities to fix whatever someone doesn't like, whether it's the dock, the menu bar, Aqua, brushed metal, or whatever.

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wiredzen

I realize that the transparency is annoying for some, but others, like myself, happen to like it. I had a theme through Shapeshifter with Tiger that had similar transparency I really liked. I don't mean this is in an impolite manner, but I guess I'm beginning to find it annoying that this opinion is getting expressed on various Apple-related blogs and websites as fact rather than opinion. I've always preferred the transparency; it makes the menu bar less intrusive and I am always for opening up the desktop as much as possible.
Actually, it seems like a lot of opinions on similar blogs/websites concerning the iPhone and Leopard are written as fact rather than opinion. Take 3rd-party apps on the iPhone. It is generally the geeks - and I mean that respectfully (I am half geek) - that want those kind of extras. Most people don't care about such things and most don't even know how to use them. I think some of these sites have lost sight of the fact that technology must first be designed for the everyman before it's designed for the expert. That said, transparency is purely aesthetic and I like it.

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Anonymous

wiredzen said, "I've always preferred the transparency; it makes the menu bar less intrusive and I am always for opening up the desktop as much as possible."

It isn't really transparent & it doesn't open up the desktop in any useful way. It is just a composite effect created by grabbing the top slice of the desktop picture, reducing its contrast, & combining that with the menu items. The difference between this & true transparency is that nothing actually on the desktop will show up "behind" the menu.

You can see this for yourself by moving a desktop item's icon up until it partially overlaps the menu bar. Note that the icon is not visible behind the menu bar.

As for opinion vs. fact, it is a fact that reducing contrast adversely affects legibility. For some of us with aging or weak eyesight, this is a significant problem. Since Apple otherwise provides Universal Access options for visual disabilities, it should do the same for the menu bar.

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Mr. Bot

The more I hear about Leopard, the less interested I am in it.

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Daniel

Don't know why, but this app isn't working for me. I open it but there is simply no change in the menu bar.

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Anonymous

I actually love it. I guess it depends what background picture you use; But it integrates very nicely with mine.

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Anonymous

I haven't used it yet, but I like the way it looks as well. I've wanted this to be an option for a while, so maybe they'll make it an option later, instead of a take it no matter what deal.

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