Here’s how to get a mess-free menu bar by hiding app icons on MacOS.

April 3, 2022 0 Comments

The vanilla utility for macOS is one of the best ways to get a chaotic minimalist look.

MacOS’s neat dashboard and slick touchpad gestures are quite smooth and clutter-free. However, in this OCD satisfactory OS, the app icons in the menu bar are scrutinized due to the clutter in the upper-right corner of the screen. The more apps you install, the more these small icons will accumulate there, and unlike the Windows system tray, there is no point in grouping unused icons into a group to keep the taskbar tidy. For those who want to get a minimalist look, they can install Vanilla Utility. So, here’s how to clean your Mac menu bar.

To install Vanilla, just visit this website and click on the ‘Download Free Vanilla’ button. Once it’s downloaded, move the downloaded .dmg file to your Applications folder and boot up.

Once booted, the Vanilla Cleanup tool will add a carrot symbol and a dot to your menu bar. The app icons between the two new icons will be hidden. You can drag the icon between them by holding down the command key and the icons outside of it will be displayed on the right.

The app is free but anyone can pay $ 4.99 (approximately Rs. 350) to upgrade to the Pro version. The Pro version is compatible with light and dark menu bars and automatically hides icons again after five seconds. A Nifty strategy that Pro users will find is a keyboard shortcut to toggle the hidden icons.

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