The new MacBook, despite that beautiful Retina display, also equals small Menubar space. We recently added a 27-inch iMac to the Mincey household as sort of the common family place to login to get things done and one of the first items that everyone noticed was the massive screen real estate (duh) and the room for the OS X El Capitan Menubar to expand.
If you love Mac utilities as much as Mincey folk then it’s likely that your Mac’s Menubar is cluttered, confusing, and occasionally gets cut off by an app that has its own long list of menus. How do you fix the Menubar mess. Another Menubar app.
It’s called MenuBar ReArranger and what it does is what the name implies. It rearranges the applications in the Menubar. It’s so good that you can arrange the Menubar icons pretty much (but not completely how you’d like), and setup multiple profiles of Menubar apps depending on your work load, location, or whatever.
Drag and drop Menubar app icons into the order you prefer, and MenuBar ReArranger rearranges them on startup to match the Profile. The order can be changed easily and then set in place and saved again with a click. That puts you in control of which Menubar apps, utilities, or tools get loaded into the Menubar, and different Profiles let you have a different arrangement for the office, home, school, or while traveling.
MenuBar ReArranger also gives you the option of putting in dividers between app icons so you can group Menubar apps. Some items can be hidden from view but still available, and customizable keyboard shortcuts can be assigned as well. There’s much to like from this handy utility, even if your have a Mac with plenty of screen real estate, because it acts as a launcher, manages apps in groups, and Menubar utilities can be hidden until needed.
I manage to get more use out of the Menubar because I can order and rearrange utilities to stay where I want them so I’ll know where they are when I need them.
MenuBar ReArranger works great on iMacs with larger displays, but those models already have plenty of screen real estate. It’s the organizing of Menubar apps that makes the app truly worthwhile. And it really shines on a MacBook model where screen size is limited and some application menus spill over onto the Menubar, which blocks out some icons on the smaller screens.
I’m something of a Mac utility wonk and my Menubar is crowded with useful little apps. This makes it easy to manage. Now if only MenuBar ReArranger could make every Menubar app reveal itself with a mouse rollover like in the Dock.