Menu bar item/menulet overflow

NikNik 1Password Alumni
edited December 1969 in Lounge
Hey, folks. This came up in another, unrelated thread. It may be helpful to a bunch of us and I thought it'd reach a wider audience in this forum. I dunno about you, but I have a ton of menu bar items. I try to be sensible/frugal about it, but somehow they keep multiplying, and now they're taking over the menu bar on even my 17" MBP screen. I can't imagine how people with smaller laptops deal with it.

So. What to do when there are so many icons that OS X starts hiding them?

I tried to find some sort of utility that would either scroll the menu bar items or add a menulet that would display a drop-down menu of the hidden items. Seems like something like this should already exist, so I feel like maybe I just didn't use the right search terms.

Anyone know of something like this?

Comments

  • MartySMartyS AgileBits Customer Care (retired)
    edited December 1969
    It's too bad that Apple hasn't come up with a ">>" type element (like at the right of an overflowed toolbar or bookmarks bar in Safari, Finder, etc.) for the menubar when items get occluded like this. With my 15" laptop and desktops I'd have to switch applications to something that had a narrower footprint of menu bar items: Finder was often the winner in my case. This was less than optimum.
  • roustemroustem AgileBits Founder

    Team Member
    edited December 1969
    I think you need to admit that you are running too much stuff and remove some of the apps :)
  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot
    edited December 1969
    If thats the case I am guilty as charged, and I will be a repeat offender, for a very long time. :smile:
  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot
    edited May 2010
    Heres what I came up with thanks to iusethis

    This one requires rosetta, so err nah.. http://osx.iusethis.com/app/lilill

    This is one I am currently trying out. http://osx.iusethis.com/app/menuola

    This is another, but not my choice http://osx.iusethis.com/app/curmb

    This one I cant tell becuase I cant read the language. http://osx.iusethis.com/app/minu

    May not be what your looking for but its all I could dig up at least for now :)
  • LockerLocker
    edited December 1969
    Aahhha! Here you are !!! Cheating on the [post=117897]exam question[/post]?? :)
  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot
    edited May 2010
    Yep I am here lol

    Also I didn't like the shortcut used by menuola so I have it launching w/ quicksilver, and a custom key combo.
  • roustemroustem AgileBits Founder

    Team Member
    edited December 1969
    Well, to be completely honest, this is one of the reasons I upgraded to 17":

    20100520-cxwhp1t4cg2n62u7j5d25a9s6a.png

    Hopefully I can keep this under control or I am going to end up in the same boat :)
  • LockerLocker
    edited May 2010
    thightower wrote:
    Also I didn't like the shortcut used by menuola so I have it launching w/ quicksilver, and a custom key combo.


    I don't see any shortcut in Menuola (2.0). They only mention Cmd-Tab (of the OS). Is it what you referred to?

    And how do you use quicksilver?

    I too am trying Menuola. But it seems to be just a temporary/partial solution. You need to act in another application (Menuola) that the original (e.g. MS Word), so invoking something like TextExpander under Menuola does not insert what I want in MS Work.
  • thightowerthightower T-Dog Agile's Mascot
    edited December 1969
    It uses cmd tab as default but I changed it to option m for me.

    http://www.blacktree.com/

    I also set option p it launches my 1p app

    Sorry to be shortim on the iPhone with a flakey connection.
  • LockerLocker
    edited December 1969
    thightower wrote:


    Thanks. (I got it confused with Silverlight earlier)
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