I much prefer a clean, minimalist workspace. I don’t want desktop launchers cluttering up my field, and too many icons in panels can lead to a bit of crowded confusion. Unfortunately, some apps require the use of Menu Bar icons for interactive drop-down menus. But the more of those apps that find their way to my Menu Bar, the less I like my desktop.
Thankfully, there’s an app called Bartender that helps to keep your Menu Bar clean and tidy. With Bartender 5 (which supports both Intel- and Apple Silicon-based Macs), you gain the ability to auto-hide your Menu Bar icons, load them into a Bartender Bar, group Menu Bar entries, create presets and triggers, use a Quick Search, and even style the Menu Bar in ways Apple doesn’t offer.
So, if you’re a fan of keeping your MacOS desktop neat and tidy, this app might be just the thing for you. Bartender 5 offers a 4-week unrestricted free trial. Once the trial ends, you can purchase Bartender 5 for a one-time fee of $16.00.
Let’s find out how to install and use Bartender 5.
How to install and use Bartender 5
What you’ll need: For Bartender 5, you’ll need a MacOS device running Sonoma. I’ll demonstrate this on an Apple Silicon MacBook Pro.
There are plenty more options to be found in Bartender 5, and I’ll write more in-depth how-tos to cover some of the aspects of this must-have app for anyone who likes a clean and stylish MacOS desktop. I’m confident that once you start using Bartender 5, you’ll pay up for the full version (after the trial expires).