If you’re stuck with Office and forced to use the beast simply to remain compatible with the rest of the world that’s ensnared in Microsoft’s money machine, add this little utility to the Mac’s Menubar and breathe a sigh of relief.
WPXO With A Click
The secret is an app named WPXO. No, that’s not a radio station’s call letters or a clever acronym for a product you’ve never heard of before.
WPXO stands for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook– the major components in Microsoft Office for Mac.
What you get with WPXO for the cost of half a cup of whatever from Starbucks, is instant access from the Menubar to the Office apps.
Click the WPXO icon and you’re in for a treat. The app displays one click access to the 50 most recently used Microsoft Office documents.
And, you can click on an Office icon to launch the app you need. What could be easier?
WPXO only works with Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac (the one with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook). It won’t do much more than make it easier to find each app, not clutter up your Dock with more icons, and it gives you a quick shortcut to the most recently opened Office documents (segregated by days, which is very handy).
What’s missing? Well, keep your expectations low and, uh, nothing. Our school is heavy into using Microsoft Office on both Mac and PC so an elegant little launcher like WPXO is useful. I’d like to see similar functionality for Apple’s iWork apps which are being used more frequently these days.
UPDATE: Alert readers pointed me to Token, which performs the same functions for Apple’s iWork and iBooks Author.