macOS: We love Bartender, the $21 app that lets you hide menu bar items of your choice. But there’s a simpler, cheaper app that does the same thing. Vanilla hides your menu bar items for just $7. And you can try it for free.
Photo: Ilya Ilyukhin
While Bartender 3 has advanced features such as search and special rules for showing and hiding icons, Vanilla still has the most important features, including a keyboard shortcut.
It looks slightly cleaner in the menu bar, and its interface is more intuitive: To hide or unhide an icon, you hold down the Command key and drag it to the other side of Vanilla’s little arrow icon.
Revealing hidden icons in Vanilla. Screenshot: Nick Douglas
If you’re already using Bartender, you probably don’t need to switch. But if you never used Bartender, Vanilla might be a better choice. Luckily, both apps offer a free trial version.