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In general, the menu bar on your Mac is very useful because it lets you easily and promptly access your Mac’s system functions, app menus, and shortcuts to commonly used features in apps.

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However, Apple sees that many users prefer to hide it in certain cases. That’s why the latest macOS versions come with the ability to auto-hide the menu bar. What does it mean, “auto-hide”? Picture this: just like the Dock, which has long had the ability to auto-hide, the menu bar can be hidden until needed. Are you now wondering why people might want to hide the menu bar on Macs? Typically, auto-hiding the menu bar brings the solid benefit of having more on screen as you work on your Mac. Plus, hiding the toolbar brings less distraction when you need to have the job done in an effective manner. With both the Dock and the menu bar set to auto-hide, you can enjoy working on a significantly cleaner interface.

Popular ways to hide the menu bar on your Mac

Just for the record, you can hide the menu bar on different MacOS. Since the majority of Mac users prefer to use the latest versions, we will examine how to do this on High Sierra. (Currently, High Sierra is the latest MacOS version; Mohave is still in its beta version)

There are several ways you can hide the menu bar on your Mac:

  • By using System Preferences

  • By using the keyboard combination.

And now, let’s check these methods and you can see for yourself which one you’d prefer.

How to enable auto-hide for the menu bar on High Sierra by using System Preferences:

  • Go to Apple Menu and open System Preferences

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  • Click General and check the box titled Automatically hide and show the menu bar

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The menu bar will immediately be hidden from view. By the way, should you need it again, simply drag your cursor to the top of the screen and hold it there for a second. Just like the Dock when hidden, the menu bar should reveal itself automatically when the cursor is near.

Hiding the menu bar with the keyboard combination

It’s also possible to use your keyboard to show the menu bar. By default, it’s the Ctrl+F2 key combination. Should you want to use another shortcut, go to the System Preferences and hit Keyboard.

Hot Tip: On Macs where media keys are prioritized by way of the option in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences (the default on all relatively recent Macs), you will need to hold Fn along with Ctrl +F2. On a Mac with a Touch Bar, you may need to hold Fn to see the function keys prior to triggering the shortcut. Alternatively, you can remap the aforementioned keyboard shortcut in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences.

Key Considerations

The menu bar is definitely a useful feature for every avid Mac user. However, there are moments when we still prefer to hide it for some time to be able to better concentrate on the job at hand. When hidden, you can better concentrate on your work because you don’t have any extra objects on your screen. When you are done, you can get it back. Luckily, it’s really easy both to remove the menu bar on a Mac and get it back again.



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