How to add application shortcuts to menu bar

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Is there a simple way to do this? Back in the days of OS9, there was a utility called task menu bar that did this perfectly.
    It's very simple; I just want to launch my apps via icons in the menubar. Once I have that going, I can ditch the dock.
     
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    Unless the app has a menu bar icon built-in you can't add it.
     
  3. Mal
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    Never used it, but aLaunch sounds like what you're looking for.

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    ...or you can use Spotlight to launch apps
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried alaunch, but it puts everything in submenus. Spotlight requires typing. I have a 1920px wide monitor—plenty of wasted space for icons.
    It would be awesome to just option drag an app's or file's icon into the menubar, which I was able to do a long time ago with http://pw1.netcom.com/~kawahara/taskmenubar.html
     
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    Well, in Leopard, there is a folder which I believe is called Menu Extras. You can put stuff from there into the menu bar. I don't know if they have to be a certain type of file or what. It might be worth taking a look.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Gregg, where's that folder? I'm on Lion, but it might be worth a look.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    System / Library / CoreServices, or you can use Finder > CMD+SHIFT+G and enter "Menu Extras" (without the "") and press ENTER.
     
  9. Mal
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    Just entering Menu Extras won't do anything. You have to provide the whole path in the Command-Shift-G dialog box. Entering /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras will work there, however.

    jW
     
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    It worked for me in 10.6.8. Will try in another account.

    EDIT: Must have been a hiccup, you are correct, it does not work like I described earlier.
     
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    I looked in there on my Mac, and though I can't remember the nomenclature, it appears that it requires a special type of file. But, once that is present, I believe that all you have to do is drag the file from that folder to the Menu to get an icon there.
     
  12. Mal
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    Menu Extras were a particular type of plug-in type file (don't know exactly how they were created), and you can only put Menu Extras in the menubar, not apps. This has been discussed previously in the thread.

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  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Seems like such an obvious UI feature; I'm truly amazed there's no way to do this.
     
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