As good and useful and friendly as the Mac is, I’m often surprised and pleased at how we can customize it here and there to make it a truly personal computer.
Mac menus are not exactly difficult to use. They’re always in the same place. They do the same thing they always did. Yet, someone comes along and finds a way to make a more useful menu pop up when you need it. Then make it cheaper.
Cheap is Good, Free Is Better
We’ve long been a fan of MenuPop, the Mac app that places a pop up menu wherever the screen pointer happens to be at the time.
A keyboard shortcut or mouse button will invoke the pop up menu at the spot of the pointer.
Depending on the app, that gives you plenty of menu options without having to move the pointer to the Menubar.
All the menu navigation you need is right where the pointer is at the time. Less mousing around the Menubar means more efficiency and greater productivity.
Even better, MenuPop is cheap and a quick download and install from the Mac App Store for less than the price of almost anything you can buy at Starbucks.
How Does The Menu Work?
The pop up menus are displayed vertically, rather than horizontally. Hit the hot key, the menu appears.
Every app has different menu selections and options in the Menubar, so MenuPop displays what’s in each app’s menu.
Options are straightforward, including the hotkey, and an option to enable the MenuPop pop up menu right from the Mac’s mouse.
This is how we like to see Mac apps managed.
MenuPop has a big brother in MenuEverywhere, which has even more options. And, it costs a few dollars more.
For a few dollars less, as in free, there’s MenuPop Lite, which has a similar pop up menu, but without a few features.
That eliminates the problem with many Mac App Store apps which don’t come with a try-before-you-buy option. MenuPop Lite is useful and free. MenuPop has more features, but costs a few dollars. MenuEverywhere is loaded with features, and costs a little more.
The only difficulty you’re likely to have with any of the trio of menu enhancement utilities is changing your work flow, and figuring out what to do with the occasional Mac app that doesn’t place nice nice with the apps.