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How To Troubleshoot A Frozen Menu Bar On Mac

The system menu bar on Mac is accessible either hovering the mouse on top of the item or else by using the hotkeys. However there might be situation when the menu bar stops working, it might disappear, stop functioning completely or the items become grayed or else the cursor is showed in spinning beach color wheel as it is hovered on any item. There might be various reasons for this frozen or hanging menu bar. But you can fix them as well by knowing the cause of the problem. All the possible ways to fix the issue is explained here.

  • First thing to check is if any third party app is the cause of this issue. There are DropBox, LittleSnitch, Evernote or similar third party app on in the menu bar and any of this can create the frozen menu bar issue. So, move the cursor over them and if you notice that a single item is generating the spinning color wheel when other items are functional, then this problem is because of a single third party app. So, you should troubleshoot the issue. Just quit or force quit the application or else updates the app in case any update version is available.
  • If the above step is not able to fix the issue, then users are required to perform some other functions such as diving into the app’s configuration to delete preference file, cache and adjusting the system settings.
  • The third party apps are independent program so they tend to hang independently. But the status menu of Apple such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery, VPN etc. are managed through a central OS X process and you might notice that all those items are frozen altogether. So, if you notice that one or more of these mentioned items are creating the spinning color wheel, the problem can be fixed by killing that process which is done by opening the activity monitor tool and go to View menu> All process> SystemUIServer process and click on ‘Force quit’ button. This process is done in another way as well that requires you to open the terminal and then enter command killall SystemUIServer, next press the ‘return’ button.
  • If any of the above tricks do not prove to be useful for you, might be the full menu bar is frozen and toggling full screen views can resolve the issue at once. To do so, press control command-F and it will activate the full screen view. Sometimes small bug can hide the menu bar and a toggle of the settings can make the menu bar to reappear.
  • Try to change or quit the foremost application using the Command tab. If this does not work then go for force quitting by using the force quit window or else by right clicking on the dock icon and pressing the Option key to get the force quit option.
  • If none of the method works, restart the device and boot it in safe mode.

So try using the above methods one by one and you will definitely get rid of the frozen menu bar issue.

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