Have problems with the notch on the new MacBook Pros? I’m not. In fact, after using my new laptop for about an hour, I didn’t even notice it. However, if it bothers you, there’s a way to work with it. Or around it.
About the notch
Apple says the MacBook Pro notch offers a “smart way” to give users more room for their content. It also allowed the tech giant to make the bezels thinner and offer more screen real estate.
Consider this: The area under the macOS menu bar, and the notch, is the same 16:10 aspect ratio as before. However, instead of a large bezel at the top of the screen, Apple extended the display upwards. This leaves a small cutout in the middle to house the webcam and True Tone sensor. The result is the notch. The truth is that, overall, you’re getting more screen space, not less.
Dealing with apps that collide with the MacBook Pro notch
Still, it’s possible that you’ll have an app or apps with menus that collide with the MacBook Pro notch. No problem! Here’s the solution:
1. Close the app that you want to adjust.
2. Go to the Finder.
3. Double-click on your Mac’s drive icon.
4. Double-click on the Applications folder icon.
5. Right-click (Ctrl-click) the icon for the app in question and choose Get Info.
6. Click the “Scale to fit below built-in camera” option.
Going full screen to hide the MacBook Pro notch
The easiest way to make the MacBook Pro notch disappear is to use an app in full-screen mode. To go full screen, click the green button in the row of traffic lights at the top-left corner of the app’s window.
The app will expand to fill the screen. This automatically hides the contents of the menu bar by turning it black.