Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
The Menu Bar may seem like the most static of OS X's features, but it's actually got a few tricks up its sleeve that most users aren't aware of. For one, there are a few hidden features that you can activate to help you track your computer's status at a glance, and you can rearrange the Menu Bar items in any order you please. Read on to find out how.
I added a second display to my Mac mini setup, and I use it to keep the windows for iTunes, Adium, and Mail. I usually use keyboard shortcuts to access the menu items for those apps, but on the occasions I do need to use a menu, it’s so weird to have to go to the other display, which has the menubar. Is there any way to have the menubar show up on both displays?