Bartender 3

Organize your menu bar apps

Bartender Preferences

####Menu Items

This screen allows you to set what Bartender does with your menu bar apps and system items.

On the left shows active menu bar items, system items, and apps with settings in Bartender. At the bottom of the column you can do a few things:

  • Add apps by finding them on your system. This can also be done by running the app and then find it in the running apps section. NOTE: Bartender can not add apps to the menu bar, it only controls apps that already have a menu bar item.

  • Remove apps setting. This will remove any settings related to the app, if the app is not running it will be removed from the list. If it is running then the App will stay in the running apps section.

  • Refresh the list of apps. If you launch apps whilst in preferences; clicking this will add them into the list.

On the right are the settings for the app selected on the left. A rundown of these from top to bottom are:

  • Menu Bar Item - What Bartender should do with the app, the options are:
    • Nothing. This means Bartender does nothing, the app functions normally.
    • Show in Bartender. This will hide the app from the menu bar and display it in the Bartender Bar.
    • Hidden. This will remove the app from the menu bar and not add it to the Bartender Bar. You can then see these items by either setting them to display only when updating or by showing all menu bar items.
  • Item Updates - Sets whether Bartender should display menu item updates in the menu bar or not.
  • for - the period it should stay in the menu bar after showing for an update.
  • Popup Window - This is a fix that moves a menu item’s popup window to the correct location when the menu item is displayed in the Bartender Bar. This should only be applied to apps that need it, if the app’s popup window is not opening in the correct location; try this setting. If it still is not right please contact us letting us know which app is not working. NOTE: this option is not available for system items as they work correctly.


General has some basic settings for Bartender:

  • Startup - Selecting this will add Bartender to your Login Items. Bartender will then launch automatically when you login.
  • At Bartender Launch - Checking this makes the Bartender Bar visible when Bartender starts. This compliments the launch at login for users who always want the Bartender Bar visible.
  • Bartender Bar - autohides, setting this will make the Bartender Bar disappear when you click on another app.
  • Clicking on Bartender will - This item allows you to change what clicking on the Bartender menu bar item does. The options are:
    • Open Bartender Bar - This is the default and will open/close the Bartender Bar.
    • Display all items in Menu Bar - This will show all of your menu bar items in the menu bar and hide any menu allowing you to see all menu bar items.
    • Expand Menu Bar, keep items hidden - This will hide any menu in the menu bar allowing you to see menu bar items in the menu bar, it will not reveal hidden menu bar items.

####Appearance The Appearance tab lets you setup how you want Bartender to look.

  • Bartender menu bar icon - De-selecting this box hides the Bartender menu bar icon. You will then need to either set the Bartender Bar to be visible at launch, or have keyboard shortcuts to access the features you want.
  • Bartender menu bar icon - This allows you to choose an icon for Bartender or use your own image. If you create a great icon for Bartender we would love to see it for inclusion in a future update!
  • Bartender Bar Location - You can move the Bartender Bar by dragging on the preferences icon sideways. This can also be done using the left hand grab bars. Bartender will remember where you placed it and reopen here. To get the Bartender Bar to open under the menu bar icon again you can always come click this button.

####Hot Keys

  • Bartender Bar Hot Key - This is the hot key that will show/hide the Bartender Bar.
  • Show full menu bar Hot Key - This hot key will make Bartender show the full menu bar (remove any menu) to allow you to see all menu bar items. You can use this feature alone to display all your menu bar items without having to find an application with a small menu bar.
  • Show all items in menu bar Hot Key - This will do the same as the above hot key but in addition displays all Items hidden and in the Bartender Bar on the menu bar. Great for accessing your hidden Apps.
  • Keyboard navigate menu items - This will allow you to use the arrow keys to navigate menu items in the menu bar.


  • Updates: Allows you to check for Updates straight away.
  • Check for Updates Automatically - this will make Bartender periodically check for updates and let you know.
  • Update to Test Builds - this will check for Test Builds as well as full releases, these test builds contain our newest features and bug fixes, but can also be less stable as they are still in development.