One of the most celebrated features of OS X Mavericks is the ability to have the Menu Bar appear on external displays, along with your primary display. But what if you don’t want the Menu Bar on that second, or third display? Does it cause a problem with your workflow?


Thankfully, there is an easy solution that will allow you to turn the Menu Bar off, on additional displays, when you don’t need it. Simply proceed to System Preferences > Mission Control.

Mission Control

By default, Displays Have Separate Spaces will be selected. Simply deselect. When you do this, you will notice a message appear that indicates you need to log out in order for the changes to take effect.

Display check

Upon logging out, and in again, you will notice that the Menu Bar is no longer present on displays other than your primary display.

A downfall of turning this feature off is you are less able to quickly identify the display that your mouse pointer is currently residing on. When the feature is turned on, the Menu Bar appears solid when the mouse pointer is within an active display. When you move the pointer from one display, to another, the Menu Bar on the non-active display will dim. Depending on your workflow, this may cause an issue. If this is the case you can always turn the feature back on.

This tip applies to any display connected to your Mac, including the AirPlay Display feature known as Extend Desktop that is available should you own an Apple TV.

If you would like more information on managing your Mac, with multiple displays, please drop into our store and discuss your specific requirements with one of our knowledgeable staff members.