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How can I see my next meeting in the Mac Menu Bar?

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Stay on track: keep an eye on upcoming meetings on your Mac

I don’t know about you, but I hate pop-up notifications. I run my Mac in Do Not Disturb mode, because I despise the interruptions. However, I do quite like a permanent reminder of when my next appointment is. For that, you need an app that puts your next meeting in the Mac Menu Bar. Luckily, such an app exists. And you’ll never guess its name…

Which app puts your next meeting in the Menu Bar?

The wonderful little app that offers this feature is called Next Meeting. You’ll find Next Meeting here in the Mac App Store.

It’s a free app created by a chap called Nathan Spindel and it’s only 10MB in size, which isn’t even going to dink your free storage space.

When you first install the app, you’ll need to give it permission to read the contents of your Calendar. The app assures you it won’t share the data and I have seen nothing to suggest it does.

Once installed, it puts a text slug in your Menu Bar, showing when your next meeting is, like so:

Next Meeting in Mac Menu Bar

If you click on that slug in the Menu Bar, it will display a drop-down menu showing your next few appointments:

Next Meeting drop-down menu

In the screenshot above, you’ll see a Meetings link. If you click on that you’ll find various options, including one to adjust the length of the text slug, to prevent meetings with long titles running right across your screen, which is a nice touch.

By the way, if you’re looking for an app to control what icons appear in your Menu Bar, I thoroughly recommend Bartender. It helps you keep everything neat and tidy up there, only displaying the items that you really want to see.

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About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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