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Chapter 3. Dock, Desktop, and Toolbar > Menulets: The Missing Manual

3.6. Menulets: The Missing Manual

Apple calls them Menu Extras, but Mac fans on the Internet have named the little menu-bar icons shown in Figure 3-9menulets. These menu-bar icons are the direct descendants of the controls once found on the Mac OS 9 Control Strip or the Windows system tray—that is, each is both an indicator and a menu that provides direct access to certain settings in System Preferences. One lets you adjust your Mac's speaker volume; another lets you change the screen resolution; another shows you the remaining power in your laptop battery; and so on.

Figure 3-9. In Mac OS X 10.2, Apple cracked down on the use of the right side of the menu bar. Only Apple is allowed to create menulets—much to the dismay of other software companies that once added handy icon/menus up here.



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