A single click to the Apple menu opened a customizable selection which enabled one-click access to just about anything on the Mac; app, files, folders. Alas, those days are gone. The Dock isn’t quite as flexible (at least, not without some effort). An oldie but a goodie remains to give you some of that one-click access. For free.
Mac app developer Devon has been around a few years and that means a handful of free utilities which can enhance your Mac world. Some are in the App Store, others available with a click, but all bring extra functions for free.
On my list today is XMenu. Click an icon in the Mac’s Menubar and get a list of the installed applications.
Not bad, right? But if you’re a typical Mac user you have plenty of apps installed and that one-click turns into a scrolling nightmare. Scroll, scroll, and more scrolling– just to find an app that begins with the letter P– or, as for me, any app name that begins with D or later in the alphabet.
XMenu has Preferences and that means customizing what goes into the Menubar menu.
Control-click the XMenu icon in the Menubar and Preferences appear. This will give you a bunch of useful options. For example, you can put aliases of apps you use the most into folders, then sort the menu selection by folder. That’s even easier than the Dock.
The Menubar icon can be set to different font sizes, an icon only or text only, or both. There’s a spot for collected text snippets. Even the User-Defined Menu (a heart icon for favorites) is easily accessed.
It takes a bit of work to find the folders but they’re available in Library > Application Support > XMenu folder. Create folders of aliases nested within other folders; all accessible instantly from the XMenu icon in the Menubar.
If your Mac’s Dock is overcrowded and you have it hidden to get more screen real estate, XMenu brings back that old Apple menu app selection option– fully customizable and available from within any Mac app in the Menubar.
Pretty good for free, huh?