Get Notification of NSStatusItem frame change?

In an app that uses a NSStatusItem with a custom view like this:

... how can you get notifications when:

  1. The status bar gets hidden because of a full screen app
  2. The status item moves position because another item is added/removed/resized?

Both are necessary to move the custom view to the right position when the item changes places.


There is a method -[NSStatusItem setView:]. When you set a custom view for your status item, this view is automatically inserted into a special status bar window. And you can access that window using a method -[NSView window] to observe its NSWindowDidMoveNotification:

- (void)applicationDidFinishLaunching:(NSNotification *)notification
    NSStatusItem *statusItem = [self newStatusItem];
    NSView *statusItemView = [self newStatusItemView];
    statusItem.view = statusItemView;

    NSNotificationCenter *dnc = [NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter];
    [dnc addObserver:self selector:@selector(statusBarDidMove:)
                name:NSWindowDidMoveNotification object:statusItemView.window];

- (void)statusBarDidMove:(NSNotification *)note
    NSWindow *window = note.object;
    NSLog(@"%@", NSStringFromRect(window.frame)); // i.e. {{1159, 900}, {24, 22}}

You will receive the notification every time the status bar becomes visible or hidden and when your icon is moved. This is your chance to update a location of your popup panel.

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