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How to access the Mac emojis and symbols keyboard from the menu bar

Mac Emoji Keyboard, Character Viewer in Menu Bar

The emojis and symbols “keyboard,” officially named the Character Viewer on Mac, is a handy tool. With it, you can easily add emojis, symbols, characters, and icons to your notes, documents, and emails.

While you can access the Character Viewer a few different ways, one of the simplest is from the menu bar. This way, you don’t have to try and remember another keyboard shortcut or hope the app you’re using offers a menu option.

The setting for this is a bit hidden and not within your Dock & Menu Bar preferences. So here, we’ll show you how to enable and access the emojis and symbols keyboard from your menu bar on Mac.

Miss the Calculator widget on Mac? Check out these alternatives

With macOS Big Sur, you can no longer enjoy quick access to interactive widgets in the Notification Center. Sure, you can still see widgets for things like the weather and a world clock, but you can’t perform calculations in a few clicks like before.

You can use Spotlight search for simple equations in a hurry but if you need a little more, you have to open the Calculator app. Since a calculator is one of those utilities you don’t want to have to hunt for, we’ll show you some alternatives to replace your missing widget.

Here you’ll find calculator apps for your menu bar along with shortcuts to open your existing Mac Calculator app from the Dock and using your keyboard. Review the options and see which one is the best fit for your needs.

How to navigate the menu bar and menus with VoiceOver on Mac

VoiceOver Mac menu bar

If you’re just starting to use VoiceOver on your Mac, then navigating the menu bar and the menus within it is one of those things you’ll need to become familiar with pretty quickly. While it’s not particularly difficult, it’s like many other VoiceOver gestures and commands, you simply need to get the hang of it.

To help you navigate the menu bar and the menus with VoiceOver on your Mac effectively, we’ll show what you need to know.

How to show battery percentage on macOS Big Sur

Menu Bar with Battery Percentage

There are plenty of changes to the appearance of items on macOS Big Sur. And while we covered how to customize your menu bar and Dock, you might be looking for one item in particular - battery percentage.

If you’re missing the indicator with the battery percentage in your menu bar since upgrading to macOS Big Sur, and don’t see it in the battery settings, we’ll show you where to find this feature.

Here’s how to show battery percentage in the Mac menu bar running Big Sur or later.

macOS Big Sur: How to customize the Dock and menu bar

Dock and Menu Bar in System Preferences

If you’ve installed macOS Big Sur, then you’re probably still getting used to the new look and improved features. But with that, you still need to make your Mac work the best it can for you. Which means, arranging your Dock and menu bar effectively.

Neither of these have significant changes, and most you can figure out on your own. But there are a few new things you should know. So here, we’ll show you how to customize the Dock and menu bar on Mac running Big Sur or later.

New to Mac? Learn the basics of your menu bar

MacBook desktop - learn the menu bar

One of the key tools you have on your Mac is the menu bar. This handy dandy toolbar sits across the top of your screen and gives you access to everything you need on your Mac.

For those new to macOS, the menu bar can be a little tough to understand in some situations. Plus, you have ways to customize it exactly as you’d like it, as long as you know how.

If you’re a new Mac user, we want to help make your macOS experience as productive and efficient as it can be. So, here are the basics of the menu bar that you need to know along with some tips to help you use it more effectively.

How to put a calendar and time zones in the Mac Menu Bar

MacBook Screen with Dato App

Having the date and time in your menu bar, can be quite useful of course, but what if you could have a bit more? Maybe you’re working on a project and need to see the week number at a glance. Or maybe you’d like to view what’s on your schedule for the day without opening the Calendar app.

You can have items like this viewable and quickly accessible right from your menu bar with an app called Dato. Here’s what Dato gives you and how to use it.

How to add the weather forecast to your Mac menu bar

Weather Indicator for Mac

The menu bar on your Mac is a handy spot to quickly see the date, time, or battery level, plus have fast access to your Notification Center, Spotlight Search, or Siri. So, why not have your weather conditions there too? Then at a glance you can check the current temperature and click for your forecast.

Instead of opening a separate app to get these details; here’s how to add the weather forecast to your Mac menu bar.