Originally Posted by tecton
I want to get rid of the menu bar at the top of the screen.
I'd like it to go away like the dock does when not in use.
Please tell me this is ridiculously easy.
Apple should've included in Leopard's Preferences a simple way to make the Menu Bar behave like the Dock, with respect to hiding. That would've been a cool feature. I'm surprised that Apple didn't, because one of the selling points of the new Leopard Menu Bar is the ability to now see your Desktop wallpaper behind the Menu Bar
. What better way to offer a truly full screen view of your Desktop wallpaper than to include Dock-like hiding behavior of the Menu Bar?
In Tiger, up to 10.4.10, I knew of a way to do something very similar to what you asked. After the 10.4.11 update, one part of the process (removing the shadow from the Menu Bar) using a program called DeskShade, no longer works. The 10.4.11 update broke a few programs and/or programs' functions, such as TransparentDock.
To still do something similar, which might also work in Leopard, you can use a program called MenuShade to make the Menu Bar (except the Menu Bar shadow) invisible.Instructions
Download and install MenuShadehttp://www.nullriver.com/index/products
Open MenuShade and set the MenuShade Preferences the same as this screenshotMenuShade Preferences
When you drag the mouse cursor over the Menu Bar area, the Menu Bar appears; when the mouse cursor isn't over the Menu Bar area, the Menu Bar is invisible. When the Menu Bar is invisible, the Title bar of a window can't be dragged above where the Menu Bar is
.Menu Bar when mouse cursor is over Menu Bar areaMenu Bar when mouse cursor isn't over Menu Bar area
I don't like the MenuShade icon. I use a transparent icon instead.MenuShade icon and transparent iconClick to expand screenshot of Desktop