My name is David Gasperoni. I do some web development and I sometimes stumble on some little things that I want to share.
The menubar in Mac OS X is a place for – you named it – menus, but also for some little applets, placed on the right side. These can be either some system tools, like Airport or Battery monitors, or third-party apps. Some applications are running in the menubar only! (without showing in the dock)
Sometimes, looking at the item-filled bar, there’s one thought that crosses our mind: «What if this was more to the right, instead of this one that looks better over here?»
Well, there’s one way to reorder the menu items: press and hold the command key (⌘) while dragging around the item with your mouse.
Nevertheless, I have to say that this only works for system tools. To reorder third-party applets, as far as I know, you have to quit them and reopen them in the desired order.
Everyone knows that it’s possible to change the volume on a Mac with the media keys in the top-right part of the keyboard. You could also use the the menubar element, but I personally prefer to keep the menubar as minimal as possible.
But, don’t you sometimes hate the typical sounds that beeps at the desired volume? Especially when you want to show a video in front of an audience, and your Mac is hooked up to a sound system, it might be annoying.
Here is how to solve the problem: hold the shift key (⇧) while pressing the volume keys.
And an extra trick: pressing both the shift key (⇧) and the alt key (⌥) will increase or decrease the volume by a fraction of the volume blocks, enabling you to adjust more precisely the volume on your Mac.