Bartender 4 Now Supports macOS Big Sur, Gains Menu Bar Spacing Options, Quick Reveal, and More

Surtees Studios has released Bartender 4 for macOS Big Sur, following extended testing in public beta. As well as macOS 11 support, the popular tool for rearranging or hiding Mac menu bar items now runs native on M1 Macs and comes with several new features and core abilities.

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With Big Sur, Apple increased the space between menu bar items, which reduces the space available for icons. To alleviate this problem, Bartender 4 now allows users to revert to pre-Big Sur spacing or even use no spacing so to fit in more menu bar apps.

Bartender 4 also introduces menu bar spacers, which allow users to add spacers between groups of menu bar items that can either be just a configurable space, text, or even emoji, for grouping menu bar items into similar groups.

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Meanwhile, there are new triggers for showing menu bar items, including image comparisons that show a menu bar item when it matches a particular state, and the ability to use scripts to show items, such as when VPNs or AirPods connect, for example. Other built-in triggers include showing the battery icon when on battery power and showing Time Machine during a backup.

With the new Quick Reveal feature, users can now also get instant access to hidden menu bar items by moving their mouse to the menu bar, or alternately by clicking the menu bar.

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Elsewhere, there are improvements to Bartender's search function, which now sports a Spotlight-like interface with fuzzy search to very quickly find, show and activate menu bar items from your keyboard. It's also now possible to assign hotkeys to menu bar items to display them.

In addition, Bartender 4 introduces a new preferences screen to organize and order menu bar items, and choose where new menu bar items are placed.

Bartender 4 costs $15 after a free four-week trial, while upgrading users get a 50% discount. Bartender 4 is also featured in MacPaw's Setapp app store.

Top Rated Comments

Allards Avatar
3 weeks ago
i prefer hidden bar free and open source
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hidden-bar/id1452453066?mt=12
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
3 weeks ago
BT is in my bag of essential apps.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
uploaded Avatar
3 weeks ago
I use Vanilla which is compatible with macOS Big Sur!

https://matthewpalmer.net/vanilla/
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EmotionalSnow Avatar
3 weeks ago
I have tried other apps but none work as well as Bartender. And honestly, $15 is really affordable too. It's very disappointing though that Apple thinks users have no need for menubar management.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aetles Avatar
3 weeks ago
Such a nice app, a must have for me. Been running the beta of Bartender 4 since I bought an MBA M1 and it has has worked well, the menu bar was horrible otherwise. Filled with useful details like showing a menu icon if it differs from how it usually looks.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
3 weeks ago
Worth every penny. No other options offer as much flexibilty.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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