How to Keep Menu Bar From Disappearing Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you frustrated with your Mac’s menu bar disappearing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Many Mac users have encountered this issue and it can be quite annoying. But fear not, because in this article, we will guide you on how to keep the menu bar from disappearing on your Mac.

1. Check System Preferences

If your menu bar keeps disappearing, the first thing you should do is check your system preferences. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on the “General” icon.

  4. In the General tab, make sure that the option “Automatically hide and show the menu bar” is unchecked. If it’s already unchecked and your menu bar still disappears, move on to the next step.

2. Check Third-Party Apps

Sometimes, third-party apps can cause issues with your Mac’s menu bar. To troubleshoot this:

  1. Quit all open applications, including those running in the background.

  2. Navigate to your “Applications” folder and locate any recently installed or updated apps.

  3. Delete or uninstall these apps and restart your Mac.

  4. If after removing these apps you find that your menu bar no longer disappears, then one of these apps was likely the culprit. Consider reinstalling them one by one to identify the problematic app.

3. Reset Finder Preferences

If neither of the above steps resolved the issue, you can try resetting your Finder preferences. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select “Force Quit..”.

  2. In the Force Quit Applications window, select “Finder” and click on the “Relaunch” button.

  3. Your Finder preferences will now be reset, including any customizations you may have made.

  4. Check if your menu bar still disappears. If it does, move on to the next step.


If all else fails, you can try resetting your Mac’s NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory) or PRAM (parameter random-access memory).

This can help resolve various system-related issues, including problems with the menu bar disappearing. Here’s how:

  1. Shut down your Mac completely.

  2. Press the power button and immediately hold down the following keys: Option + Command + P + R.

  3. Keep holding these keys until you hear the startup chime for a second time (or see the Apple logo appear and disappear twice if your Mac doesn’t have a startup chime).

  4. Release the keys and let your Mac continue to start up normally.


Having your menu bar disappear on your Mac can be frustrating, but by following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to resolve the issue. Remember to check your system preferences, uninstall any recently installed apps, reset Finder preferences, and if necessary, reset NVRAM/PRAM. By taking these steps, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your menu bar visible at all times.

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