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Emulation Manuals - Chapter 2: The Menu Bar

author alang

The menu bar is a vital component in Mac OS X. Though you can’t tell just by looking at it, the menu bar hosts many functions and commands so that you can more easily complete certain tasks. Additionally, this bar will “inherit” the menu of the active application–you know that all the menu options (of any app) will always appear at the top. Additionally, the menu bar also contains some icons on the right side, which enable quick access to Spotlight (Tiger’s new built-in Search capability, signified by the magnifying glass icon), and Volume Control, among other things. A single menu can have any number of submenus; performing tasks becomes as easy as *Click*!

Menu bar for windows using Object Bar with Mac OS X Tiger themes

ObjectBar by Stardock - Shareware [Buy Enhanced Version $19.95 | Download Free Version]
Without doubt, ObjectBar is the best program that can replace/extend the Windows taskbar. It provides all the functionality of the Start menu, but faster and with vastly more features. ObjectBar has so many skins and is so flexible that it can be made to look like any bar-type feature found on any OS. It could even be used to create entirely new menus, giving both corporate IT managers and end users the ability to design and implement a highly customized desktop interface. Improving user productivity and providing a level of personalization to the Windows desktop interface previously thought impossible, this software is regrettably shareware, but it’s a purchase you’ll not regret!

FinderBar by Landvermesser - Freeware [Download]
Considering he’s a one-man team, Landervermesser has done pretty well for himself (and a favor for the entire community), allowing you to add a Mac OS X style drop-down menu to your Windows Taskbar. The latest version has custom submenus support, and Italian localisation…plus it’s free!

McBar by RIMMER - Freeware [Download]
McBar, by RIMMER, is yet another program that can give Windows users a menu bar clone. Designed to increase usability, this bar is another one of the many free menu bar options out there.

WinMac by WinMac Team - Freeware [Download]
WinMac is a free program, written in Visual Basic v5.0 by Michael Mallory, that allows Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, Me, and XP users to add a Macintosh-style menu bar to their system. It is currently capable of mimicking System 7, Mac OS 8 and 9, Mac OS X Server, and Mac OS X Aqua menu bars. Additionally, it includes a user-requested custom Mac OS Brushed Metal bar. One of the few programs out there that works on older Windows OS’s, this app is a must-download for those desiring a more Classic look!

Listed below are a number of recommended themes for the above software.

Tiger Theme for ObjectBar - Freeware [Download]
One of the most accurate tiger theme for ObjectBar

mcbar Tiger theme by Applemaker - Freeware [Download]
A Tiger theme for mcbar.

You can get more Mac OS X themes here

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Comment by Loughlin Gethins on 2006-08-03 11:07:52

Tiger Theme for Objectbar doesn’t work

Comment by MSThug on 2007-01-16 00:59:04

Of course it doesn’t work you need Full Version to install any other theme besides the 3 that they already give you… Which is why I hate ObjectBar…


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Comment by phonicboom on 2007-12-18 20:24:33

the file mb138 (mac bar) has a virus in the recent version i just downloaded 18Dec 2007

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