Vanilla — Help

Vanilla is a free Mac app that lets you hide menu bar icons.

How do I fix the gap with Vanilla’s arrow in macOS 12.4 and 12.5?

In macOS 12.4 and 12.5, Apple added a new default system setting to the menu bar Date & Time settings.

With this setting, the date dynamically shows and hides based on the available space in your menu bar. This introduces inconsistencies with Vanilla’s spacing, so we need to turn off the dynamic toggling.

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Click Dock & Menu Bar

  3. In the sidebar, scroll down to Clock in the Menu Bar section

  4. Change the “Show Date” setting from “When space allows” to “Always” or “Never”, depending on your preference

Vanilla might be temporarily misplaced after you toggle that setting. If you click Vanilla's < and > arrows, or quit and restart Vanilla, it should reposition itself correctly.

How do I set up Vanilla on a Macbook with a notch in the display?

Vanilla is compatible with Macbooks with a notch, but the notch reduces the available space in the menu bar. You can read our guide here to set up Vanilla on your new machine.

How many Macs can I use my license code on?

By default, Vanilla Pro license codes can be activated on up to five Macs. Get in touch if you need more than this.

I’m stuck on the setup / permissions screen when launching Vanilla

Follow our step-by-step guide on removing and re-adding your permissions so that Vanilla works correctly available here.

Why aren’t my icons being ordered correctly on macOS Big Sur?

🎉 Apple has fixed this bug in macOS Big Sur 11.1 🎉

macOS Big Sur has a bug where the order of your menu bar icons is reset when an app is relaunched or the system restarts. This occurs even when Vanilla isn’t installed. The bug is documented here. If you want to help get Apple to fix this bug, you can use the Feedback Assistant app on your Mac to report the issue.

If you’re the developer of a Mac application, or you want to contact the developer of one of your favourite apps to ask them to fix this issue, working around the bug is easy. Set the autosaveName property of your NSStatusItem. This will preserve the menu bar icon’s order between restarts.

How do I contact you?

Feel free to contact me any time via email at [email protected]