Hiding the menu bar

Christopher Breen
23 July, 2009
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You can set the Mac OS X Dock to automatically disappear and re-appear only when you need it. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do the same for the menu bar at the top of the screen?

With some help, it’s possible. That help takes the form of Chieh Cheng’s free MagicMenu 2, a collection of AppleScripts that work a little plist magic, likely along the lines described by our own Rob Griffiths in early 2007.

Just run the Finder MagicMenu On script, log out of your account, log back in, and the menu bar behaves much like the Dock when you have the Hiding feature turned on. The menu bar is absent until you place your cursor in the area once occupied by it. At this point it appears.

To undo this, simply run the Finder MagicMenu Off script, log out, log back in, and your menu bar remains omnipresent.

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