10 Mac Menu Bar Tips

The menu bar is something you use every day in almost every mac app. Here are some shortcuts and productivity tips for using the mac menu bar.

Comments: 11 Responses to “10 Mac Menu Bar Tips”

    BB
    4 months ago

    Gary: Regarding keyboard shortcuts for menus, is there a way to create a shortcut for a submenu ? Apparently it used to work with -> between the menu title and the submenu title with no spaces, but it’s not working in Catalina. Thanks.

    4 months ago

    BB: You just need the name of the menu item. It doesn’t matter how far down it is. Using -> or something like it was never the method. See https://macmost.com/create-your-own-custom-mac-keyboard-shortcuts.html

    BB
    4 months ago

    Thanks, Gary. Inputting the exact name of the menu item works, but apparently not in every app. The shortcut I created to decrease quotes in email replies (Decrease) works in Apple Mail but while it shows up alongside the menu item Decrease in Spark mail, all it does it give a system sound. Any thoughts?

    4 months ago

    BB: If you get a beep, then it sounds like maybe the menu item isn’t active? Is it grayed out at that moment? Could also be that Spark is using that keyboard combo for something else.

    BB
    4 months ago

    Gary: It’s not grayed out, and I tried a variety of other keyboard combos to no avail. I’ll keep trying and post back if I get it working. Thanks for helping me think this through.

    4 months ago

    BB: Could be a bug in that app.

    Alan Uren
    4 months ago

    An even better shortcut to fully expand a window is to double click on the tool bar area of the window.
    Double click again and the window returns to original size.

    4 months ago

    Alan: That actually does something different. It will expand the window to the largest size that the app thinks the window needs. That’s not often the same as the maximum size — from edge to edge.

    Jasper Robinson
    3 months ago

    All this time I thought that the Menu-item ellipses were just a quirky flourish!

    When the Fn+2 Menu shortcut fails, you can get it back by using another function shortcut (e.g., Fn + 3/Dock) then trying for the menu again. It’s been like this for years and doesn’t seem to affect the other Fn shortcuts.

    Carmen
    2 months ago

    Gary, I love all your tips, but I am confused about pinning a webpage and just keeping it open. Is there a difference in memory consumption?

    2 months ago

    Carmen: Memory consumption? I don’t see how it would make a difference there.

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