No, not the Menubar. The Apple Menu in Mac OS, the single click to the Apple in the Menubar which revealed a customizable list of folders and files and apps; a way to navigate to almost anything anywhere on a Mac with a single click. Alas, those days are gone, but now there’s a clever utility which mashes up the Windows Start button with the Apple Menu of yesteryear.
Click, Ye Shall Receive
Microsoft took a lot of heat with the Windows Start button, the single-click pop up menu which was the starting place for most people infected with using Windows. First, the name Start itself was typical Microsoft. “How do you shut down a Windows PC? Go to the Start button.” See?
How do you navigate apps, files, and folders on a Mac? Let me count the ways. Any number of third party utilities come with such options, but so does the Dock, the Mac’s Menubar, and the Finder, and the latter can do it all multiple ways, too.
Enter StartX, a Mac utility which lives in the Menubar and gives you a single click way to navigate through files and folders and apps. Usage could not be much easier. Click the Menubar, select what you want to view, or which app to open, or which folder to open with a click.
That’s it. There’s not much to customize, not much to configure, no settings to worry or fuss over. Click and everything you want and need pops down in an easy to navigate menu.
Without any kind of configuration how can you organize the files and folders the way you want. Therein lies the only rub. StartX uses the Mac’s built-in LaunchPad app as the organization tool. So, to put apps, files, and folders where you want them in the pop down menu from the Menubar, you’ll need to rearrange them accordingly in the LaunchPad app, and that’s not exactly difficult, but it requires an extra step.
Here’s a way I use the Mac’s Dock to do something similar, but it’s even easier. And it’s free. Open the Mac’s Finder, select the folder you want access to, and drag it to the Dock. That creates an alias in the Dock, click it, the folder pops up, and you can select whatever is inside.
This drag and drop alias method works with the Applications folder, the Utilities folder, the Desktop and Download folder, the Documents folder, and even the User Library folder. That makes it a simple way to navigate to find files, folders, and apps with a single click, and without configuration.