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Review: Change display options for native Cocoa applications with MenuAndDockless for Mac

Keep windows in preset positions when running multiple programs at once using MenuAndDockless for Mac.

The small MenuAndDockless for Mac plug-in offers big help for those who want to customize window positions and gain some room onscreen. This plug-in works only on Macs running Lion and above, and its features impact a number of appearance settings.

MenuAndDockless for Mac requires the installation of SIMBL, which is a freely-available application enhancement loader for Mac OS X. The plug-in comes with its own installer and requires 1.1MB of free space. Once installed, it doesn't use any additional system resources. It also comes with an attached manual, which is well-written and easy to follow. The plug-in, itself, works in the background based on preset options. Its preferences, however, contain a number of useful options for customization, all set in an easy-to-use interface with clickable options. Users can choose to hide or show the Dock and Menu bars when starting native applications. Users can also set keyboard shortcuts for saving or restoring window frames. Shortcuts can also be set for toggling half screens for easier arrangement. In addition, users who often have to reposition program windows will appreciate that the plug-in allows them to start with the last saved window settings. During testing, all of the settings worked as intended.

MenuAndDockless for Mac will be useful to users who are frustrated with the default position of windows and the appearance of other menus. In addition, this application will be useful to users with smaller screens as it will allow them to gain more space.

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