How To Clean Up Your Menu Bar With Bartender

Why Would I Want To Do This?

As you use your Mac and continue to install new software you may find that your Menu Bar, which is the topmost menu on your screen, can get really crowded. Also, since the menu does change to reflect the active program, the number of items visible on the right side can change and even obscure some of your running programs.

No worries though, for a few bucks you can pick up a really great piece of software called Bartender which helps keep your menu bar nice and tidy. Once installed, here’s how to configure it to show or hide individual programs. In addition, you can also move lesser used items to what is known as the Bartender Bar so they are still easily accessed but generally hidden for the bulk of the time.

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How to Disable Your Caps Lock Key

Why Would I Want To Do This?

One of the biggest challenges I had when I first moved to Mac was accidentally pressing my caps lock key which I really never want to purposely do. I’m not sure if it’s the keyboard layout or what but I hated finding it activated and then needing to revert it back and redo my typing. I decided that since I don’t ever want to type in all caps that I would be much happier if the key just didn’t do anything at all. If you find yourself accidentally hitting the caps lock here is how you can do the same.

Note: While I don’t encourage people to modify computers that aren’t their own, feel free to do this for any friends or family who send you items in all caps. We’ll all thank you later.

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