I have this issue on my Samsung 55".
What I learned to do was use hotkeys or 'remember' where they are located, then when pressed it become visable due to the dropdown menu method.
I think VGA connection could work, or if you TV has different scaling options aswell.
Personally, you can try changing your resolution with the 'guessing' method and see if this works.
Or use your Dock to do this aswell.
I hope someone else can give a solution that more functonal though.
Old Rusty Bucket wrote:
I have a new Macbook Pro OS X Lion, and want to use my large LED TV as a monitor, but when using Thunderbolt to HDMI cable to TV, the Menubar is missing from the TV display. Is there a fix for the problem?
When you have multiple monitors (and the TV is considered a monitor) only one monitor is designated as the "main" monitor. That's the one with the menu bar.
If you look at the Arrangement tab in your Displays preferences you will see both monitors. One will have a little white "menu bar" on it. That's your main monitor. You can drag the little menu bar to the other monitor if you wish to make it the main monitor.
You cannot make both monitors main monitors. However there is a third party app called MenuEverywhere that allows you to do that (it has mixed reviews).
Your two monitors can be spatially arranged with the Arrangement in Displays as well. Drag the monitors around each other to define their relationship. Then you can drag the mouse or windows across with in that "space". This is extended desktop mode and I recommend that to be able to use all the available screen real estate. However there is a checkbox in the Arrangement to run in mirrored mode. Now the two images are identical on both screens albeit the max screen size is determined by the smallest screen in the mirrored set. You would of course have the menu bar on both screens since they are mirrors of each other. But I think it's a waste of good screen real estate.
This fixed the problem.
Go to System Preferences in the Apple menu.
Turn off mirroring if it's on.
Click the Arrangement tab.
You'll see a graphic indicator of the two screens. Drag the white menu bar indicator off the MacBook screen indicator onto the secondary display indicator.
Close System Preferences.
Now it work just fine.