The one thing everyone takes for granted on a Mac is the Menu Bar that appears at the top of the screen. The Apple menu, application list and various icons (modules) are displayed here, and you can quickly perform various operations and functions with just one click. Of course, you can easily use it in its default state, but you can customize this menu bar to your liking. You can make the menu bar more user-friendly by registering the modules you use most often, deleting unnecessary modules, and changing the sort order. Here, we will introduce different techniques related to menu bars.
Learn about the structure of the menu bar
The menu bar is essential for operating your Mac. The menu bar refers to a series of menus and icons displayed horizontally at the top of the screen, but the menu bar is actually divided into several parts.
First, on the left edge of the screen is the Apple Menu indicated by the Apple logo. From here, you can perform operations you frequently perform on your Mac, such as opening System Preferences, putting your Mac to sleep, restarting, and shutting down.
Then, the App List will appear next to the Apple menu. The name of the app you’re using is displayed in bold, which is a common name for most apps.[ファイル]or[編集][表示]The list is lined up.
The Status Menu is displayed on the right side of the screen after the Application Menu. Here you’ll find icons that allow you to check your Mac’s status (such as battery charge and Wi-Fi) and perform functions (such as launching Time Machine and adjusting the volume).
Finally, the general menu bar configuration is located to the right of the status menu, followed by Spotlight, Control Center, and Notification Center (clock).
Customize the display unit
As you can see, the menu bar consists of different parts, but the Status menu and Control Center are of particular importance for comfortable use of your Mac.
This is because, unlike the Apple menu, App menu, and Notification Center, these two functions are highly customizable by users.
In other words, you can make your Mac easier to use by recording the functions and settings you use most often, rather than using it in its default state.
To customize the Status menu and Control Center, open System Settings.[コントロールセンター]Let’s click.
Next, you will be shown a group of items (called modules) that can be viewed in the Status menu or Control Center, and you can set whether to show or hide them one by one.
For example, you can set Wi-Fi to display in Control Center but not in the status menu, or set Do Not Disturb mode to display in the status menu only when you’re using it. You can also set whether to display Spotlight, Siri, and Time Machine modules in the menu bar.
Experiment with different ways of displaying the units and where to display them to find the easiest way to use them. Personally, of the modules that can be viewed in both the Status List and Control Center, I recommend recording the ones you use most frequently in the Status List.
This is because while you can access the Status menu with one click, enrolling in Control Center requires you to click once on Control Center, which requires one additional step.
Units from third-party applications are also registered in the status list. Therefore, if you add too many modules, they will overlap the application menu and reduce visibility, so it is best to keep the number to the necessary minimum.
Regarding third-party application modules displayed in the status menu, please check “System Settings”[コントロールセンター]You can’t adjust the Show/Hide settings from, so you basically need to set it for each app.
Change the order of units
Customizing the Status menu and Control Center in this way will make use much easier, but let’s introduce some additional techniques.
The first thing you should know is that you can rearrange the status list to make it easier for you.with the keyboard[command]You can change the sort order by holding down the key and dragging the unit left or right.
Likewise likewise[command]You can delete (hide) a module by holding down the key and dragging it outside the menu bar. “System settings”[コントロールセンター]You can also hide it from here, but that will likely be a faster process.
However, the modules that can be deleted (hidden) using this method are limited to some modules such as Status List, Spotlight, and Time Machine. Siri in System Settings[コントロールセンター]You can hide it from the Watch (Notification Center) and Control Center, but you can’t hide it in any way.
Add a hidden unit
Modules that can be displayed in the Status menu can be found in System Settings.[コントロールセンター]It’s not just the ones that line up.
In fact, there are several hidden modules inside the Mac system.[システム]→[ライブラリ]→[CoreServices]track this,[Menu Extras]Let’s open this folder.
You should find several files named “○○○.menu” in this folder. These files can be added to the status list by double-clicking on them.
For example, “Eject.menu” is a module that ejects CD and DVD media from the optical drive connected to your Mac. This hidden module allows you to retrieve media from the status menu without having to drag it to the trash.
There are other modules that allow you to remove the external GPU, so look for hidden modules that suit your preferences and usage environment.
Hide the menu bar itself
So far we’ve mainly explained the Status menu and Control Center, but let’s finish by introducing one more setting related to the menu bar as a whole. This is how to hide the menu bar itself.
By default, the menu bar always appears at the top of the screen, but some people may find it distracting when they’re focusing on their work.
In such a case, go to System Settings[デスクトップとDock]open the[メニューバーを自動的に表示/非表示]preparation[常に]or[デスクトップ上のみ]You can hide the menu bar itself by .
However, hiding does not affect access to the menu bar. If you want to use the menu bar, move the cursor to the top of the screen and it will appear and you can turn it on.
[常に]The menu bar is always hidden when selected[デスクトップ上のみ]If you select, it will only be hidden when you are not using the app in full screen mode.
Whether or not the menu bar is displayed is a matter of preference, not ease of use, so try both and choose the one that suits you best.
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