Force-hide menus and status bar in a Mac app?
August 10, 2012 10:01 AM Subscribe
A Mac app in which I want to force-hide the top menu bars and bottom status bar (not possible natively within the app): what third-party utilities or UI-hacking tools could help?
posted by kalapierson to computers & internet (1 answer total)
App is Sibelius 7 (a 2D graphic program for music notation); OS is Lion.
Sibelius 7 is based on very different ideas about screen real estate and UI than previous versions. There are three horizontal bars that apparently can't be hidden via the app's preferences:
1) a Microsoft-style Ribbon that takes up a standard menu bar's height even when minimized;
2) the tab row of a tabbed document interface, always present even if there's only one tab; and
3) a non-useful and visually distracting bottom status bar.
The app's "full-screen mode" is almost meaningless, only hiding Apple's own system-level menu bar and still displaying all three of these bars!
Being able to force-hide any or all of the three bars would be exciting. Any tools that can do this?