Classic Menu
Classic Menu
2.8.1

4.3

Classic Menu free download for Mac

Classic Menu2.8.1

06 December 2007

Brings the Apple Menu back to Mac OS X.

Overview

Classic Menu now brings the entire Mac OS menubar back to Mac OS X. It provides both an Apple menu on the left of the menu bar and a Process menu on the right. These menus are available within all programs while the Classic Menu application is running.

What's new in Classic Menu

Version 2.8.1:
  • Now hides Classic Menu when another application enters full-screen mode.

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32 Reviews of Classic Menu

5
Macsweep
19 February 2010
Version: 2.8.1

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Works for me in Mac OSes 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6. I wrote simple applescripts for sleep, shutdown, restart and log out menu items and put them in the appropriate places. Yes, I know this is not as good as Fruit Menu, but, hey, it works in Snow Leopard while Fruit Menu does not.
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5
davidryer
21 September 2020
Version: 2.8.1
Please, please, someone update to 64 bit! This is such a great, smart tool. I use it all day every day.
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5
Blitzlicht
05 November 2019
Version: 2.8.1
It urgently needs to be updated to 64 bit!
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Mcrondeau
09 March 2017
Version: 2.8.1
I love this app! Probably relates to how I think and process my organizing. I wish I were able to add a second Classic Menu to my menu bar. Is that even possible? I also wish I could add a second and third dock menu on the remaining sides of my screen that aren't synched with other monitors. Might as well dream....
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5
Agrothey
08 December 2016
Version: 2.8.1
After all these years, after so many OS updates, but Classic Menu is still working, even with macOS 10.12.1. I know it hasn't been updated in almost 10 years, but it has survived all OS changes. It is still indispensable for me. Great job! I would like this gem to be featured much more prominently.
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Jim-Leff
07 November 2015
Version: 2.8.1
After update to El Capitan, I need to wait for my external drives to spin up before the items in my classic menu appear.
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mtrp
07 October 2015
Version: 2.8.1
I love Classic Menu but it's finally started showing its age. After I upgraded to OS X 10.11, it still basically works, but rather than appearing directly under the Apple icon as it should, the menu now appears a bit to the right. Does anyone know a way to fix it? I'd switch to another app but haven't found one that modifies the Apple menu.
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5
Jim-Leff
15 July 2015
Version: 2.8.1
I've used and loved this for many years, and it's rock solid (and beautifully programmed....see the "about" note for all sorts of config options, all ignorable if you're not a geek). It works flawlessly in 10.10.41, just as it has with every OS since 10.5 (Leopard).
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dvh
13 October 2012
Version: 2.8.1
I'm still using Classic menu in Lion 10.7.5 and Mountain Lion 10.8.2 It's a little finicky. Several times on Lion it was working fine one day and mysteriously would not launch the next. Once with a Lion system update - it started working again. So it quit working again today - After reapplying the 10.7.5 Combo update again and doing usual system maintenance stuff with no success resurrecting it - I tried deleting the System Caches using Cocktail. That fixed it. Working fine again. Interestingly never had any problem under Mountain Lion. I've been using this utility for a decade and like its configurability to launch any app or document I want quickly. I'm not a fan of LaunchPad. As an alternative for those having problems - try xMenu. It can be configured to work the same way - just with the menu to the right on the menubar.
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Arnauld
08 July 2012
Version: 2.8.1
I like this little tool - used it for years. But now it doesn't work anymore: MacOS X 10.7.4, new MacBookAir 11" (July 2012). Any suggestions?
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Kohoutek
03 May 2012
Version: 2.8.1
This one is one of my favorites. Far stabler and simpler in design than Fruit Menu. And now it's open source.
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4.5
misterjspencer
25 July 2011
Version: 2.8.1
it vaguely works in Lion, can't be firmer than that at present as I am testing it. Would be useful to have a download of the apple scripts mention in the previous post
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Macsweep
19 February 2010
Version: 2.8.1
Works for me in Mac OSes 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6. I wrote simple applescripts for sleep, shutdown, restart and log out menu items and put them in the appropriate places. Yes, I know this is not as good as Fruit Menu, but, hey, it works in Snow Leopard while Fruit Menu does not.
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Ward
12 September 2009
Version: 2.8.1
It's been nearly two years since Classic Menu 2.8.1 was released, and the developer's site is silent about Snow Leopard. Are there any current Classic Menu users who've tried it on Snow Leopard?
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Billalpinewalker
27 November 2007
Version: 2.8
Thanks for the 2.8 update. Classic Menu is one of my "must have" applications, and I'm very pleased that the developer continues to enhance the product as well as keeping it current with OS releases. Never a problem, it just works as expected. Well worth the shareware fee.
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Dana-Sutton
05 November 2007
Version: 2.7.6
No, sorry. Since Fruit Menu is currently broken under Leopard, I'm shopping around for an alternative. This isn't it. I want a Classic-style Apple Menu where I can access my own stuff IN ADDITION to the stuff you can access from the OSX Apple Menu, not INSTEAD OF that stuff. With this, I would lose as much as I would gain.
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4.75
Joy-Livingwell
12 July 2006
Version: 2.7.5
An excellent program I have used dozens of times daily since 2003. Although not as customizable as Uninsanity's FruitMenu, I find it easier to use. Configuration works the same way as Classic's menu, which means you can simply copy folder contents to get identical pull-down menus in X and Classic. Hold down the Control key, and you get Apple's standard OS X apple menu. The program is extremely stable, and works just fine with every other app I have tried it with. Five stars! (Tip: I also use X-Assist to give me a pull-down applications menu next to Spotlight.)
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Anonymous
11 November 2005
Version: 2.7.5
I tried an earlier version of this but found I did not like the app running an icon in the dock. NOW this has been elimiated and this hack is a good little application! It certainly has room to grow, and this is the reason the price is a little steep right now; especially since there are similar, freeware alternatives available; i.e. Butler, TigerLaunch, RocketLauncher. But please, keep up the good work; I LOVE the return of the Apple Menu!!
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Anonymous
10 November 2005
Version: 2.7.5
yea, more bang for your buck: Fruit Menu from Unsanity.
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Anonymous
19 February 2005
Version: 2.7.4
My brain is working perfectly, and that's why I can decide for myself which program I want to use to go to the stuff I need. There is nothing wrong with a apple-menu. Something isn't better because it is new. Although this version is a little bit slow in responding. If you crazy abaut dock, use windows. bob
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Jimw
14 September 2004
Version: 2.7.4
I use "Mr 9 Menu 1.2", have for years, and it's free. You might want to try it before spending $10 on this. It is available on MacUpdate.
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Anonymous
14 September 2004
Version: 2.7.4
People still use (and PAY) for this stuff? I find it sad and unbelievable that 5 years isn't enough for any living human with brain function to get used to a better way of doing things.
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Anonymous
05 August 2004
Version: 2.7.3b
It tries to send a email back to them when registering,This is uncalled foe since there is no agreement when using the software
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Anonymous
16 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3b
Whatever! This won't crash your machine, dolt! This is a great app. A folder of alias files in your "bounce-a-rific" dock isn't.
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Somebloke
15 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3b
All the apps that give you back the Apple menu are fine. But you missed something. Make a folder in your home folder (or anywhere you like), make an alias for your programs (just like you used to in OS 9) and put all the aliases in the new folder (you can put a folder for each category of program in the new folder, just like you used to in OS 9). Drag the new folder next to the bin). Download or make an old style Apple icon, paste it onto the new folder, empty the dock and hey presto. So it pops up and not down, if this bothers you, you need to get outside more often. Personally, I don't like excess code on my computers, the best code is the least code needed to do the job. This keeps it all Apple and if your 'puter crashes you have the satisfaction of knowing that it wasn't caused by your new, free, pop up Apple menu.
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Anonymous
15 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3b
Classic Menu ROCKS! Unobtrusive, simple, elegant way of SUPPLEMENTING your navigation options under OS X. NOT A HAXIE, stable, tiny footprint, very customizable, just the right look in just the right place. Why in the world would people who have never used this tiny app be in any position to offer comments on it?
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Anonymous
14 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3
PLEASE!!!! The Apple Menu from OS9-below was one of the things that made a mac a mac. This is GREAT. If you don't wanta use it, then blow-off. Those who do use this great effort to bring back what Apple "thought" would be replaced by a "dock" will love the fact that the dev updates this product. THANKS, and keep up the good work.
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Anonymous
13 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3
Let's see if I got this right: Apple, in all their wisdom, abandon MacOS and bring in BSD and NextStep, and you guys want to turn the clock back?
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Anonymous
13 July 2004
Version: 2.7.3
I've been using this since OSX began. By far - THE BEST - "menu accessory" there is, and I've been using Mac's since 1980 !!!
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Anonymous
26 January 2004
Version: 2.7.2
I think this is a nice fuctional application, I just far prefer Unsanity's FruitMenu, it's way more customizeable with loads more features, plus they're both $10, which is an extra plus. And FruitMenu seems more stable on my computer than this, I do however like the feature to change the Apple Menu Folder, that's a nice feature.
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Anonymous
29 July 2003
Version: 2.7.1
oops, my bad.... i didn't notice that hp's was an old comment referring to an old version :s
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Anonymous
29 July 2003
Version: 2.7.1
jeez hp, have you checked the 'preferences'?
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Anonymous
19 March 2002
Version: 2.5.1
It's functional and it works perfectly well Just one wish for Easter: PLEASE LET ME TURN THE ICONS OFF ENTIRELY. The slow the menu down awfully and I don't need them. Thanks
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