If the Mac is a personal computer then we should be able to customize various functions to match our own style or workflow. How do you launch apps and find files? The Dock and the Finder, right?
Are there other ways to do the same thing? Are there easier ways? Of course. The Mac has many apps, utilities, tools to enhance our efforts to be productive. Try Menu Browser. An efficient, effective browsing tool that resides in the Menubar.
Most Mac users launch apps and utilities from the Dock. We use the Menubar to open menus in apps. We use the Finder to find and move files.
The Dock and Menubar are handy. The Finder, less so.
Wouldn’t it be cool to kinda sorta combine a few functions into one tool?
Enter Menu Browser, stage right. This little tool pops an icon into the Menubar which gives you some Finder functionality without having to leave where you are or what you’re doing.
Download, drag and drop to Applications to install, double-click to start. Click the icon in the Menubar to begin Finder navigation. It’s that easy, and pretty much self explanatory.
What’s not to like? Click Menu Browser and a hierarchical display of your Mac’s basic folder structure pops down, complete with sub folder navigation. Navigate to the file or app or utility you want and select. Easy, right?
But notice the very first item in the Menu Browser menu. Open Terminal. Probably 99.9-percent of all Mac users never bother with the Terminal, so why is that tool sitting on top?
I’m not sure, but maybe it’s there to remind users that they can get their geek on with a few more options than simple Finder-like navigation. Start with Preferences.
The first item in the Folders in Menu tab is your Mac’s Home folder. Whatever is in that folder gets displayed in the Menu Browser menu in the Menubar. But you can create your own folders to hold whatever you want. Apps. Utilities. Tools. Files. Documents. Whatever.
In fact, whatever hierarchical structure you want is easily created in Menu Browser.
That makes this utility far more powerful than just a Finder-like Home folder browser capability.
Other preferences include setting up a HotKey combination to invoke the Menu Browser pop down so you don’t even have to use the mouse. You can also get really geeky nerdy with custom scripts that do this or that.
Are there other ways to do the same thing? Uh, yes. Many. For example, you can drop folders into the right side of the Dock, drop aliases into each folder for whatever you want—apps, utilities, files, documents—and click to get a pop up menu from the Dock.
It’s not as elegant, but it works. Menu Browser is a more elegant, more customizable solution that doesn’t take up valuable Dock space. And it’s nearly dirt cheap.