We all know how frustrating it can be when you are trying to work on your Mac and your menu bar keeps playing hide and seek with you. On some pages it just randomly drops down, on others you have to erratically wave the cursor over it before it decides to appear.
If you have ever wondered if it’s possible to secure the menu at the top of the screen for good, you’re in luck because you can, and we are about to tell you how.
In the Mac OS X 10.11 software update, the ‘Automatically Hide and Show’ option was added if you want your menu bar to be removed from the screen, it’s now possible. But this option isn’t for everyone. Before the 10.11 update, the menu bar would actually stay put on your screen, no matter what.
How To Disable ‘Automatically Hide and Show’
First, go to your desktop screen, basically your home screen where you have a nice pretty background picture and your application icons or folders located there.
Go to the top left hand of the screen, and the menu should drop down, move your cursor to the apple logo and click it.
Once you have clicked, a drop-down bar should appear, find and select ‘System Preferences’, this is located under the first option “About this Mac”.
When your “System Preferences” box is open, click the general setting icon, this is the first icon in the box.
After that, you will see that the list is sort of categorized and separated with thin grey lines. The first category is Appearance, this is the one we want.
You will see that you can choose the light, dark or auto, appearance color, highlight color and sidebar icon side, lastly you will see a box and “Automatically Hide and Show” the menu bar.
If this box is checked, then uncheck it. This now means that the bar should stay put and not keep playing games with you when you need it most.
If you still don’t see the menu bar then you may need to do a software update or troubleshoot the issue.
If you are already an avid Mac user and know nearly everything there is to know about the Mac then you will know that there is a keyboard shortcut for almost everything you can do. Hiding and unhiding the menu bar is no different.
Simply, on any application or page, press
control + F2 together and this will show or hide the menu bar.
Now you should be able to easily toggle between the menu bar being displayed or not.
How Can I See the Menu in Full Screen Mode?
You might notice that even if you turn off the automatic hiding, in full-screen mode the menu still hides, frustrating or what? Well, there are a few solutions so don’t worry!
When you have a full-screen application open, photo or video editing software or even watching a film in full-screen simply take your cursor to the top of the screen and hold it there for a second and the menu bar will appear.
You can actually enable the menu bar to stay put at the top of the screen even in open applications or full-screen mode, and it’s very simple!
Firstly, ensure that you know how to enter full screen mode on any application. You need to find the green button with the two arrows which is located in the top left of the application window.
While holding the option key on your keyboard, press this green button. This ensures that the open application doesn’t cover the menu bar.
What if My Menu Doesn’t Appear?
If you have tried the techniques above and your menu bar still disappears when you move your cursor away, you likely need to do a software update.
Many bugs and errors in the Mac OS can cause issues like this and most of the time there is a simple fix.
Firstly, go to System Preferences, in the same way as we mentioned above.
This time, find the system updates or software updates icon, it’s the first icon on the second part of the box.
Once you click that your computer will check if it’s due an update, if so it will give you the option to run it or not. Of course, in this case, we need to select ‘upgrade now’ so we can fix the menu bar issue.
Once the update is complete, restart your Mac and then try the steps above to keep the menu bar located at the top of the screen.
Again, if this still doesn’t work then there may be an underlying issue with your Mac and if the menu bar is really important for you then we recommend visiting an Apple store.