If you have a new MacBook Pro 14 ″ or 16 ″ with a comma on the screen and you find that items in the application menu bar are hidden behind that comma on the screen, which is quite common for many Mac applications, you can use a workaround to reduce the screen so that reduce the entire screen to fit below the comma and inward.
This basically mimics screen frames through software, allowing the entire menu bar to be displayed, hiding a comma, but at the cost of reducing screen size and screen resolution.
Here’s how you can reduce the screen per application so that the menu bar fits on any MacBook Pro equipped with Notch (some of the miles are called NotchBook Pro), whether it’s a 14 ″ or 16 (model:
How to reduce applications to fit a comma on the screen on a MacBook Pro 14 ″ and 16 ″
This option is only available on the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro with a notch on the screen:
- Exit the app where the menu bar is hidden behind Notch
- From the Finder, go to the Applications folder and find the application with the problem in the menu bar
- Select the application, then go to the File menu and select “Get Information” (or press Command + i)
- Check the box for “Scale to fit below the built-in camera” to reduce the screen when that app starts to go below the comma, revealing the full menu bar
This only applies to one application at a time, so you’ll need to repeat this process for all applications where the menu bar interferes with the notch.
This solution and the above screenshot comes directly from Apple support, and admittedly, it’s a bit of a workaround, but if you can’t access the menu bar items behind The Notch on a MacBook Pro 16 “or 14”, you may need to use this.
The video below, embedded from Twitter, shows how this feature in macOS works:
Good news for those who hate commas! If you have an app (or apps) with menus that collide with the notch, just Get app information and enable “Scale to fit under the built-in camera”.
– Joseph of Sketch (@Jatodaro) October 27, 2021
Given some users’ frustration with Notch over menu bar behavior, and its mixed popularity in general, it would seem useful for Apple to introduce a universal display settings switch to reduce the screen for the entire operating system and all applications, in order to effectively hid the comma. Maybe Apple will introduce such a feature in a future macOS update, or maybe a third party will offer a similar solution through a utility.
The MacBook Pro Notch has received various user reviews, and in addition to aesthetics, typical complaints seem to focus on the loss of menu bar items and the general behavior of menu bar items and The Notch.
Two examples of unusual Notch behavior with menu bars on the M1 Pro / Max MacBook Pro 14 ″ and 16 ″ with Notch are shown in the videos below:
WHO DESIGNED THIS ?! 😂 pic.twitter.com/ADVqmfdqV2
– Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) October 26, 2021
There are other solutions for hiding commas using software that blackens the menu bar, but they do not fix the situation with menu bar items that disappear behind the comma or do not behave correctly with the notch. These problems are generally worse on a 14 ″ MacBook Pro with Notch due to the smaller screen size, but they still happen on any application or on any MacBook Pro with a lot of items on the menu bar.
Problems with menu items and the new MacBook Pro? Do you have any thoughts or opinions about this workaround, or the comma in general? Let us know in the comments.
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