Vanilla — Help

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

I can’t see Vanilla’s dots in the menu bar… how do I set up Vanilla?

If the number of icons in the menu bar exceeds the limits set by macOS, the extra icons are hidden. This is particularly likely to happen if you are using a MacBook with a notch in the display.

Vanilla can still work in this scenario, it just requires a bit of extra setup. You can read our guide here to set up Vanilla if this happens to you.

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

In macOS 12.4 and above, 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 many Macs can I use my license code on?

By default, Vanilla Pro license codes can be activated up to ten times. 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.

How do I contact you?

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