Built-in workaround for applications hiding under the MacBook Pro notch
A frustrating aspect of the new MacBook Pro models is the notch. The notch itself isn't the problem; rather, it's that Apple hasn't automatically adjusted the menu bar icons so they don't hide behind the notch when many apps are running. Recently, I discovered a free, built-in macOS workaround that doesn't require installing Bartender or any other additional apps. You can modify the default padding and spacing in the Menu bar by opening Terminal. "You can adjust the values from 0 to 6 to accommodate even more icons. Personally, I found 6 to be a good fit. This will allow you to add more items to your menu bar before they will be hidden under the notch. I estimate that with the value of 6 I can fit 21 apps to the menu bar with my 14" MBP. If your apps will again be hidden under the notch you can just lower this value. Can the spacing of menu bar apps be modified in macOS Big Sur and later? It's much too wide, which is a problem if you use a lot of menu bar apps.