What’s it take to become a Mac power user? The right blend of Mac apps that help you do more with less effort.
Fortunately, your Mac has plenty of built-in tools which add power features. One of them is the contextual menu. Go to the Mac’s Finder and right-click (or, Control-click for single button Mac mouse). What you get is a pop up contextual menu. There’s a lot of power in that menu.
The First Mac Power User Tool
For nearly 25 years the Mac didn’t ship with a two-button mouse. That didn’t stop Mac users from using a mouse with more than one button. Oddly enough, it didn’t even stop Apple from providing two-button mouse functionality.
Whether you right-click using a button, or Control-click to get the pop up, you become a power user.
What I like about the whole right-click, Control-click pop up contextual menu is that there’s not much to remember except to click. The pop menu does the rest. It’s contextual because depending on where you are and what you’re doing, the menu can have additional functions.
My favorite Mac newbie power tool is MoveCM. Why? Because, the Mac’s Finder, for all the good it brings into the world in the way of ease of use, is also a complicated, unnatural beast that scares many Mac users.
Move, Copy, Alias, Archive Files And Folders
Some of the Finder’s basic functions require too much thought for many Mac users, and contextual pop up menus help make what’s easy for most of us to be even easier for others.
For example, what do you do to move a file or folder? Find file or folder, drag it to the destination (somewhere in the Finder, of course). How about copying a file or folder? Uh oh. Now you have to go to the Mac’s Menubar, select Edit, find Copy, Copy, then go to the destination, and, if you’re an experienced user use a keyboard shortcut.
MoveCM helps you speed up all those processes and gives you step-by-step options.
When you right-click (or, control-click) the pop up menu has more options, all of which you control. For example, Copy To has specific destinations. You decide what they are in the MoveCM Preferences.
Ditto for Move To, Archive To (handy for a bunch of selected files in the Finder), and Alias To.
MoveCM’s Preferences is where to start. Specify the destination options for Move, Copy, Archive, and Alias, and MoveCM puts the destinations into the pop up menu.
The items in the contextual menu can be re-ordered. You can even open the Preferences from within the pop up contextual menu. MoveCM has other capabilities, too. For example MoveCM can be set to move files which have a certain extension to a specific location just for those files.
MoveCM is a Mac OS X Service. Most Mac modern Mac apps have a Services selection in the Menubar. MoveCM can show up there, too, which makes it easy to use from the Menubar location.
Becoming a Mac power user takes time, but the journey is made easier by enhancing some of OS X’s built-in functionality, like the contextual menu. MoveCM is easy to set up, easy to use, and comes as donationware.