status in menu bar?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by eoblaed, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2010
    I'm wondering if there's anyway to get some kind of status (e.g. unread mail alert, etc) in the menu bar in the upper right hand corner of the desktop (ie. up by the clock).

    I work in multiple 'spaces' a lot, and it's a bit of a pain to have to keep alt-commanding or swiping to the other space, etc, to see if I have unread mail. If there was a little icon that would notify me of unread mail up there that would be nifty. Extra points for being able to click on it to bring me instantly to my wherever it is.
  2. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You must keep your Dock hidden, since the Mail icon in the Dock shows the unread count.

    I use Growl for the same purpose, with the included GrowlMail plugin. Instead of a menubar notification, I get a small popup in the top right corner of my screen, with a preview of the message. It fades away after a few seconds, so it doesn't get in the way, but it alerts me to new messages. EDIT: You can click on it to go directly to the message, btw, since that was something you wanted. I also keep the Dock showing, though, so if I miss the message for some reason I still have that to alert me to new messages.

  3. macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    I use a freeware app called Mail Unread Menu that both tells you when you have unread mail and gives you a way to pull Mail to the front to read it.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2005
    Me too, but there was a thread on this the other day in this forum and it was stated that it doesn't work in Lion (I don't know since I'm still using Snow Leopard).
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    Yeah that app doesn't work in Lion thus far.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    I'm running Lion and it seems to work fine. I can't remember when it was last updated. Maybe you should check their site.
  7. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    I keep the dock exposed on the left side of the screen to show an unread count and also use Herald to show a popup when a new mail comes in.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2010
    Yeah, I keep my dock hidden. Even with a large monitor, I have so many terminal windows open while I'm coding I just don't like having that cluttery row of stuff taking up space. Since the menu bar at the top is always there, no matter what, it seems like an ideal space to have that kind of notification.

    I'll give Growl a try, and also that Mail Unread Menu and see which of those work for my set up.



    Hmm. Herald looks nice, too.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    Hmm. Thats weird. I'll give it another try.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    This is what I get when trying to install Mail Unread Mac


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