Way back when, back when the Mac was getting crushed by Windows in the marketplace, Mac OS had a clever way to launch apps and find files simply by clicking on an icon in the Menubar. Alas, those days are gone and Apple favors the visual approach in the Dock. Here’s how to travel back in time for free.
Launch Me, Baby!
Global menus should be all the rage, but they’re not. We live in a visual world, and Apple has caved into the need for the masses to be visually entertained and guided.
How else can you explain all the eye candy in iOS and OS X these days? If you’d like to relive those glorious days of yesteryear, here’s the Friday Freebie utility for you.
It’s called XMenu. It’s a global menu that sits in the Mac’s Menubar, and with one single click you can navigate to just about any app or file or folder.
Seriously, this is a blast from the Mac’s past but it’s surprisingly useful here in the 21st century.
Install XMenu, set it up to match your workflow– folders, apps, navigation preferences– and you have a way to navigate that’s faster than the Dock, though decidedly old school.
Many Mac users may prefer the eye candy navigation method and are happy with the Dock to launch apps, the Finder to find files, but seasoned Mac users will remember how elegant the Menubar navigation method was from way back in the day.
It comes with six pre-defined folders for Apps, Documents, and more, but you can customize it work the way you want. What’s not to like? It’s free.