SKILL LEVEL IT WILL TAKE YOU’ll NEED HOWTO | Get to gripswith Bartender
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15 minutes OS X 10.10 or higher, Bartender 2, some menu bar status icons
Organise your menu items
In Bartender’s preferences, click ‘Menu Items’. Active third-party and system menu icons are shown in the sidebar. Select each in turn and use ‘Menu Bar Item’ to define whether the item should be placed in the menu bar, the Bartender Bar (the menu that appears when Bartender’s clicked), or hidden.
Under General, uncheck ‘Autohides’. Click Bartender’s menu bar icon. The Bartender Bar will stay open, enabling you to hold ç and drag menu bar icons to new positions. These will be used as long as Bartender is open. Check ‘Autohides’ again if you want the bar to close itself.
Show updates clearly
Icons are sometimes used to grab your attention, but this won’t happen if they’re ‘hidden’ in the Bartender Bar. Select ’Show item in menu bar’ and then, for relevant items, set the duration of their temporary appearance (from five seconds to 10 minutes) when something changes.
Click Bartender’s menu bar icon, then hold ç and drag the cog icon to move the Bartender Bar. Its position can be reset in Bartender’s Appearance preferences, where you’ll also find options for changing the app’s icon and removing the gap left behind when Notification Centre is hidden.