I'm on an 11.5" Macbook Air, so screen real estate is important to me. I currently have the menu bar set to auto-hide, but I want to be able to show the menu bar with a keyboard shortcut. Any ideas out there to do this without hacking something together?

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System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard
Move focus to the Menu Bar [default Ctrl ⌃ F2 ]

If you wish, you can then navigate the menu with the arrow keys - but it will pop the menu bar into view; Esc to close it without further interaction.


If the standard

Ctrl⌃ + F2

does not work try

Ctrl⌃ + F2 + FN

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    Jul 19, 2019 at 23:14
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    – Pida
    Oct 18, 2019 at 9:37

For me, MacOS had it set up with this shortcut

⌃ Control+⇧ Shift+ F2


I recommend Shift+Command+/. It's the keyboard shortcut for a menu bar search. So it reveals the menu bar like Ctrl⌃+F2 does, with the added benefit of putting your cursor in the search field so you can quickly type the command you want and hit enter.

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