Bartender has become a permanent fixture in MacOS for me. The primary reason why I’ve added it to MacOS is to keep my Menu Bar free from an onslaught of icons that I have to occasionally interact with.
With those icons hidden from sight, there’s one small issue — the battery percentage indicator is hidden from me. Because of that situation, I’m unaware of how much battery I have left. Fortunately, the developer of Bartender thought of such a situation and added Triggers. Triggers are exactly what they sound like — actions that are triggered when a certain event happens. You can add Triggers for apps, battery, location, time, a script, or a Wi-Fi connection.
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Let’s stick with my scenario. Say, for instance, you want to be able to see the battery percentage indicator when your battery hits 50%. When that condition occurs, Bartender will automatically show the battery indicator until the battery is charged above 50%. It’s a simple action that can prevent you from running out of juice, while still keeping your Menu Bar nice and clean, as Bartender will only reveal the battery percentage indicator and not the other icons in the Menu Bar.
Let me show you how to add that particular Trigger to Bartender.
How to add your first Trigger to Bartender
What you’ll need: To make this tactic work, you’ll need Bartender installed on MacOS. I’ll demonstrate the process with Bartender 5 on an Apple Silicon-based MacBook Pro running MacOS Sonoma.
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You can use the trial version of Bartender, as it is not feature-locked.