How to Hide and Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X



The latest versions of OS X now allow Mac users to hide and show the menu bar at the top of the screen automatically, it is almost the same with the Dock can be hidden and shown with a mouse over.

For mac user who love minimalist desktpp appeareances auto-hiding the menu bar is a great feature, it hides almost everything that is visible on the screen except all applications and windows who actively open on the display.

How to Automatically Hide and Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

First, for your note, you need OS X 10.11 or later to have this option in preferences:

  • Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or by using spotlight
  • Go to the “General” preference panel”
  • Check the box saying “Automatically hide and show the menu bar” to have the effect.

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After the menu bar is hidden, a quick mouse hover to the top of the display will show you the menu bar.

You can see the menu bar hiding and showing automatically in the animated gif below:

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You can change this back to the default setting anytime. Just go to the preference panel and unchecking the box saying “Automatically hide and show the menu bar” again. If you want the menu bar to just be less distracting, another option is to activate dark mode, it will display as black rather than white.

How to make the Menu Bar in OS X Visible or Invisible with defaults Command

For the proficient mac users who want to use a defaults command string at the terminal, you can hide and show the menu bar by following these steps :

Enable automatically hide the menu bar in OS X:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain _HIHideMenuBar -bool true

Disable automatically hide the menu bar in OS X:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain _HIHideMenuBar -bool false

You will need to log out and back in or kill SystemUIServer for some changes in some cases.

But if you’re not using El Capitan 10.11 or newer, you can still hide and show the menu bar with this trick, which works all the way back to Snow Leopard, but you will need a third party tool.



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