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How to open the preferences panel when the menu icon is hidden

When the menu icon is removed from the menu bar extras, the preferences panel can still be opened:
  • Relaunch Simple Screen Shade (while it is already running in the background) from the Applications.

How to return the menu icon in menu bar extras

  • Open the preferences panel and select the General view.
  • Turn on the "Show app icon in menu bar extras" checkbox.

How to remove the menu icon from the menu bar extras

Simple Screen Shade is able to hide its icon in menu bar extras. The picture below shows the effect of this feature:
  • Open the preferences panel and select the General view.
  • Turn off the "Show app icon in menu bar extras" checkbox.
Safety note:
In case the icon is hidden, please relaunch Simple Screen Shade (while it is already running in the background) to open the preferences panel.

Disabled buttons in system pop ups

All versions
The "disabled buttons" issue is a new feature introduced with macOS Catalina. It is available in the latest macOS too.
A permission-requesting pop-up (window, panel, etc.) must not be overlapped by another app window. For example, any window dragged above the permission panel will disable its buttons. So on-screen assistive apps (like screen shades, mouse crosshairs and locators, etc.) should be toggled off until the user choose the permission action.
The easiest way to deal with this issue is to disable the running tool:
  1. To disable it deselect the "Shade" checkbox in the app menu (in the menu bar extras).
  2. Click on the chosen button inside the system notification popup.
  3. Select the checkbox again to enable the tool.

Simple Screen Shade and Apple silicon

v1.3
Simple Screen Shade is built as a universal kind and will run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicone computers.
The older versions are intel builds, so they will run under Rosetta on an M1 system.

If Simple Screen Shade fails to register in the Login Items list

Deselect the Automatically start option in the preferences panel.
Then, select the Do not ask option.
Open Launchpad or Applications and click on the System Preferences icon:
In the System Preferences window, click on the Users & Groups icon inside the System group:
In the Users & Groups window, select the preferred user.
If Simple Screen Shade application is not listed in Login items, click on the "+" button:
In the Select Application window, navigate to Applications and select Simple Screen Shade:
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