Various tricks: Show the menu bar under the MacBook notch

Although modern MacBook models from the Air and Pro series offer more display space, this is divided up by a notch at the top edge in favor of the camera. This leads to a compromised menu bar in which, especially in large apps with many menus, the menu bar is not only displayed to the left of the notch, but also continues to the right of it. Here you sometimes wish that the menu bar would be arranged under the notch. And that's even possible! You can find out here how you can display the menu bar under the MacBook notch for individual apps or system-wide.

Show the macOS menu bar under the notch: this works for individual apps and system-wide, each with different settings.
Show the macOS menu bar under the notch: this works for individual apps and system-wide, each with different settings.

App settings: Lower menu bar for individual programs (full screen display)

Not all apps have extensive menus that take up space to the right of the notch or even displace the icons next to the clock. Therefore, it can be helpful not to permanently display the menu bar further down (as described in the next subheading), but to move it only for certain programs. So if there are only one or two apps whose menus should be placed under the notch, proceed as follows for them.

Step 1:

  1. Opens the folder Macintosh HD -> Program
  2. Find the app in question
  3. Right-click/secondary click on the app icon
  4. Pick the point Information from the context menu
  5. Tick ​​the “Adjust size to seat under integrated camera” checkbox

Now when you open the app you will notice that nothing has changed yet. The menu bar is still next to and behind the MacBook notch. But only until you put the app into full screen mode - for example using the green dot at the top left of the window or using the key combination fn+F (🌐F). If you then move the mouse cursor to the top edge of the display, the menu bar appears under the notch. If you want the menu bar to be displayed permanently, there is a solution for that too.

Step 2:

  1. Click on that Apple logo on the far left in the menu bar
  2. Choose from its menu System settings ... from
  3. Click on the point on the left control center an
  4. Scrolls down in the right part of the window
  5. Select the option next to “Automatically show and hide menu bar”. No from

If you now open the customized app and put it in full-screen display, the menu bar will be permanently displayed below the notch. Of course, the whole thing isn't particularly practical if you work with different apps at the same time and switch back and forth between them. Because repeatedly leaving full-screen mode and then activating it again is tedious and interrupts the workflow. However, if you only work in one app for a long time, the procedure described can be helpful.

System Settings: Show menu bar permanently under the notch

Do you want to set the menu bar under the camera on the MacBook not just for individual apps, but system-wide and across the entire session? Then there is a solution for that too. And that consists of adjusting the display resolution. This is what you call for the full list of available display resolutions with us:

  1. Click on that Apple logo on the far left in the menu bar
  2. Choose from its menu System settings ... from
  3. Click on the list item on the left side of the window Displays an
  4. On the right, use a right click / secondary click on the size selector
  5. Then choose Show list from

Here you can now select multiple display resolutions. The numbers indicate how many pixels are displayed in width x height. To see the full list, turn on the switch next to “Show all resolutions” below the list. You will then see the complete selection of possible display scalings.

Maybe you need to experiment a bit. But at some of the resolutions the display doesn't fill the entire display. If you use 1728 x 1117 as the standard resolution, then click on the resolution 1728 x 1080 below. You will see that the display now has a black bar at the top and bottom. In addition, the menu bar has slipped under the notch.

Bonus Tip: Customize the Dock to have more screen space

If you now use a different screen resolution to display the menu bar without interruption, you will lose a bit of space in height. To compensate for this, you can adjust the dock - for example, reduce its height or have it auto-hide. This can all be done in the system settings in the “Desk & Dock” area.

More info: Apple Support

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