What is MenuEverywhere?
Simply put, MenuEverywhere gives you access to the menu on any screen and on any window.
MenuEverywhere offers two ways to access an active app's menu, no matter where you are on the screen. If using a very large monitor or a multi-screen/multi-monitor Mac setup (such as a second monitor connected to your MacBook), having the menu always at hand where you are working helps you not to lose focus of the task at hand and to work faster.
Hey, does this thing use any hacks, or other non-standard methods?
MenuEverywhere is not a hack and does not use or rely on any system hacks, nor does it modify your system's core functionality. It relies on standard Apple programming interfaces. Rest knowing that it has been programmed with stability, future-proofing and performance as a requirement.
How do I access the menu bar’s menu using MenuEverywhere?
The first way is using a menu bar that is appended to the currently active window. The menu bar can be always shown or set to fade into view only when the mouse is over it so as not to take any screen real estate. Its position can be set above the traffic light controls or to the right of the green zoom button.
The second way is via a configurable 'Menu' button. As with the menubar, the button can be always shown or made to fade into view only when the mouse is over it and its position can be set above the traffic light controls or to the right of the green zoom button.
The third way to access the menu is via a keyboard hotkey.
The fourth way is using a screen-top menubar on all non-primary screens. The menubar may be made to slide out/hide automatically (similar to that used in fullscreen apps).
Why would I need MenuEverywhere?
Mac OS X is an amazing operating system in and of itself. Though if you’ve used more than one screen on Mac OS X you may have noticed how impractical it is to have the menubar on only one monitor.
While keyboard shortcuts can help alleviate the issue, they are not the most satisfactory solution to users who are used to selecting items with the mouse/touchpad rather than the keyboard.
The other issue would be that to go out of your way to select a menu item on another screen takes you away from your point of focus (the working window). MenuEverywhere simply gives you the menu right there on your working window when and where you need it.
Does it work with all Mac OS X applications?
MenuEverywhere works very well with most programs. Issues may arise in applications that do not rely on standard windows.
Adobe Creative Suite programs utilize some non-standard windows. For these, MenuEverywhere will not display a menu button. However, the hotkey works fine and will display the menu.
Note that Photoshop canvas windows are standard windows and do work fine. The toolbar and other tool windows do not and will not show the MenuEverywhere “Menu” button.
Non-Standard Menu Items
Some menu items such as the colored Metadata Label menu item in Aperture or the Help Search menu item will not show in MenuEverywhere. However, the rest of the menu items appear as usual.
What’s the difference between an unregistered and registered MenuEverywhere?
MenuEverywhere is fully functional without a license for up to 30 days. However, it will display a button titled ‘Buy License’ next to the Menu button reminding you to buy it if you like it. With a license, that button does not appear. After 30 days, MenuEverywhere will not function unless registered. A reminder to register will be shown at startup starting on the 15th day of use.
How do you install/uninstall MenuEverywhere?
Simply drag it to your Applications folder to install. To uninstall, drag it from the Applications folder to the trash.