Classic Menu
Classic Menu
2.8.1

4.2

Classic Menu free download for Mac

Classic Menu

2.8.1
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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Macsweep
19 February 2010

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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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Version 2.8.1
Blitzlicht
05 November 2019
It urgently needs to be updated to 64 bit!
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Version 2.8.1
Mcrondeau
09 March 2017
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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Version 2.8.1
Agrothey
08 December 2016
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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Version 2.8.1
Jim-Leff
07 November 2015
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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Version 2.8.1
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Jim-Leff
Jim-Leff
07 November 2015
At the time I upgraded to El Capitan, I also bought a new external drive and, unlike its predecessor, I didn't exclude it from Spotlight searches.

I changed my Spotlight settings to exclude the external, and Classic Menu is operating flawlessly again.
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mtrp
07 October 2015
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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Version 2.8.1
Jim-Leff
15 July 2015
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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Version 2.8.1
dvh
13 October 2012
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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Version 2.8.1
Arnauld
08 July 2012
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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Version 2.8.1
2 answer(s)
Arnauld
Arnauld
08 July 2012
I found the solution: Don't start "classic menu" out of the utilities-folder (since it demands for authentication under Lion).
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dvh
dvh
13 October 2012
See my troubleshooting note on 10/13
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Kohoutek
03 May 2012
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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Version 2.8.1
misterjspencer
25 July 2011
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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Version 2.8.1
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Macsweep
Macsweep
21 September 2011
I'm using Lion - 10.7.1. I find it stable with no issues. As to the applescripts: Open Applescript Editor and paste in this example to put your Mac to sleep: [code] tell application "System Events" to sleep [/code] Save it as an application in your "Classic Menu" folder. It will show up in Classic Menu as a menu item where you can select it and it will put your Mac to sleep. For the other commands just follow the above example, replacing "sleep" with one of the other three desired commands: restart, shutdown or logout.
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misterjspencer
misterjspencer
21 September 2011
Thanks for the help
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
23 June 2014
I just tried it, and it works in 10.9.4!
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
23 June 2014
Also, the default is set so when you hold down the Control key the real Apple menu shows up. You can access "sleep" etc., from there. Or use the apple scripts. :)
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4.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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