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What’s on the Menu Bar—And Why?

Computer documentation often tells you to choose something from a menu. When those directions assume you know where the menu is, it’s probably on the menu bar at the top of the screen .

① 	The menu bar. Take special note of the Apple menu at the far left.

① The menu bar. Take special note of the Apple menu at the far left.

The directions may take on an abbreviated form, like “choose File > New Finder Window,” which means “click File on the menu bar to display the menu, and then click New Finder Window on the menu.”

Click any item in the menu bar to view its menu.

The Menu Bar, Left to Right

② 	The Apple menu.

② The Apple menu.

③ 	The Finder’s application menu is open here. You can also see the Finder’s File, Edit, View, Go, Window, and Help menus.

③ The Finder’s application menu is open here. You can also see the Finder’s File, Edit, View, Go, Window, and Help menus.

Tip: Many menus show different options if you press Option or Shift while viewing them. And, pressing Option and Shift together also occasionally causes a change to the available options.

④ 	In this screenshot of the _right_ side of my menu bar, you can see the icons for several status menus, including the red Mailplane icon at the left. The first Apple status menu shown here is for Apple’s AirPlay.

④ In this screenshot of the right side of my menu bar, you can see the icons for several status menus, including the red Mailplane icon at the left. The first Apple status menu shown here is for Apple’s AirPlay.

⑤ 	Click the Spotlight icon, located second from the right, to open the Spotlight field. (The field opens as shown here in 10.9 Mavericks and earlier, or in the center of your screen in 10.10 Yosemite.)

⑤ Click the Spotlight icon, located second from the right, to open the Spotlight field. (The field opens as shown here in 10.9 Mavericks and earlier, or in the center of your screen in 10.10 Yosemite.)

Tip: To remove an Apple status menu from the menu bar, hold down the Command key while you drag it off.

Note: If your menu bar has gone missing, it’s probably because an app is in full-screen mode. To exit full-screen mode, hover at the very top of the screen and click the shrink button that appears at the far right .

⑥ 	To exit full-screen mode and see the menu bar, hover at the top of the screen; when the menu bar appears, click the double-arrow shrink button at the far right (shown in blue here).

⑥ To exit full-screen mode and see the menu bar, hover at the top of the screen; when the menu bar appears, click the double-arrow shrink button at the far right (shown in blue here).

Tip: Next to most menu items, your Mac shows which keys on the keyboard you can press to issue the command without opening the menu (see Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac.

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