How to use the window title bar in Mac OS X

Apple LogoMost users of Apple Mac computers use OS X menu bar, or keyboard shortcuts to control and manage the functions of applications.

However, since OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, another option was added to the system and apps developers can also add the most used actions to a new Active Window Title Bar and we will show you how to use it. It is really simple.

How to use Active Window Title Bar in OS X

Now one example to demonstrate how it works. You make a new document, or edit existing one using TextEdit and want to move it to another folder, or to cloud storage (iCloud, Dropbox, etc.).

In old version of OS X you would need to use the File → Move To... function in the upper app menu bar.

OS X menu bar

Now you can simply click on the name of the file in the middle of the active title bar (active title bar/interactive menu is signalized by the ▼ symbol).

OS X interactive window title bar

Click on Move To... option and select new place to store your text file.

OS X window title bar move to

And now click on Move button and the file will be placed to new folder, in our case from Documents to Desktop folder.

OS X window title bar move to

How you can see on pictures bellow, TextEdit has some other options, like Rename, Duplicate, or Browse All Versions of document. Other programs can have different functions in the Active Window Title Bar.

OS X browse all versions of document

Browse all versions options

The active window title bar is simple hidden feature in OS X that can help you with faster work in various applications without knowledge of various keyboard shortcuts, or clicking through the application upper menu bar.

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