The Menu Bar of Mac Power Users

Mac menu bar apps have been with us more than 10 years, and during this time I’ve found them to be some of the more useful features of my workflows.

Zach Hamed published a few stats about apps found in his menu bar; nerdy details regarding his top 15. I think it’s difficult to draw conclusions from his research, but his findings still piqued my curiosity.

At this time, I use 19 menu bar apps (well, including standard Mac system tools). Here’s the few that always appear in my menu bar:

I’ve hidden Spotlight.

Now, here’s the long list of the apps/features I like to use from inside Bartender’s nifty drawer:

Just when I think that I could go without one of these in the menu bar, I inevitably find an occasion I want them handy again. The third party tools I’ve listed here represent some of my favorite Mac apps, so I recommend you check them out.

One other honorable mention is Yoink, a competitor to Dropzone. I used it very happily for more than a year before Dropzone saw the release of version 3. Part of the way I tinker on my Mac would be happier to stay with Yoink, but I’m spending more time with Dropzone to give it a fair shake before I offer my written review.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.