A pattern is emerging that I am a fan of Fiplab and the tools they make. That is true. They make several productivity tools that I find very beneficial. Another in that list is the Fiplab Shortcut Bar.
I have no shortage of apps installed, but there are a handful I use everyday. And I want to get to them quickly. Enter Shortcut Bar.
It’s a small menu bar applet that is configured to display whatever list of applications you build. Or, jump to a set of folder that you use frequently. This keeps the Dock from being overrun with icons.
In my case I have Katalon, the App Store, Coderunner, LibreOffice, MWeb, SQL Studio Pro and a few others in my dropdown list. These are the tools I go to each day.
But it’s not just for apps. It can be folders as well. It could be a training folder, a folder for test plans, or even a specific document you need to load, such as a template.
It only takes a few minutes to build the list or add folders. Once complete, it will be a quick change to click on the menu bar rather than Lanchpad to start your most common apps.
There are similar tools out there, but I have found Shortcut Bar to be very reliable. I’ve had it at work and at home for about a year. I make changes every now and again as apps get replaced or fall to the wayside. But it’s a clean list of my common tools and I like the way it works.
Other articles of interest:
- Cleaning up the system with Fiplab Smart Folder Cleaner
- Quasi Performance/Load Testing with Katalon Studio
- Creating 3rd party file formats from inside DevonThink
- Tools for the QA Engineer
- Putting windows where they belong with Fiplab Window Manager
- Dozer – Hide menu bar icons on macOS
- It’s time for some Fall cleanup
- Productivity Tools for 2020
- Formatting Execution Times with TextSoap
- Creating a new or blank folder structure from a text file