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Organize your menu bar apps

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them,
or moving them to Bartender's Bar.
You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the
menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish.
Give it a go and find out.

NOTICE: Information on OS X 10.11 El Capitan Bartender compatibility. Read Here


Take control of your menu bar

With Bartender you can choose which apps stay in the menu bar, are displayed in Bartender's Bar or are hidden completely.

Bartender's Bar

Bartender's Bar can be displayed and hidden as you want, by clicking on the Bartender Icon or via a hot key.

Menu bar apps still work the same

Apps still work the same when they are in Bartender's Bar allowing you quick access to them when needed, but keeping them out of sight when not.

Show an app in the menu bar when it updates

Set up your apps to be displayed in the Menu Bar for a period of time when they update.

Order all your menu bar items

With Bartender you can set the order of all the menu bar items, both in the menu bar and in Bartender's Bar, simply by ⌘+Dragging the items. The order you set is maintained after restarts. So your menu bar items are always in the order you want.


If you want a really clean look and privacy, Bartender can also be hidden.

Bartender's Bar can be placed where you want

Bartender's Bar can be moved at any time to any horizontal position immediately under the menu bar. Or it can open under the Bartender menu bar item.

What everyone is saying...


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