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Managing menulets

TUAW has a tip on managing menulets, the little things on your menu bar that show battery status and the like. Something I didn’t know here was that you can command-click them to move or remove them. Pretty handy if you happen to want them in a different order, which I sometimes do. Now, of course, the Skype, Adium, and Quicksilver ones don’t respond to the command-click—maybe their authors didn’t know about this. Interestingly, the Plazes one does.

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Mark Aufflick

The abillity to reorder the "menulets" (they are traditionally called menu extra items) and command click them to hide them is encapsulated in a non-documented Apple api that extends the standard NSMenuExtra api. Inexplicably, Apple has decided that menu extra items should be discouraged and specifically forbids you to use their private API. So much so that in a number of OS version bumps the API has been modified to block third party code from using it. This mod can be hacked around, but any app that uses it risks being broken in the future.
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Mark Aufflick

I just found this neat web page that has a huge list og Mac Menu Extra Item applications: <a href="http://menu.jeweledplatypus.org/">http://menu.jeweledplatypus.org/</a>
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I had no idea it would be that complicated. Very cool with the list, thanks!
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