Way back when, back in the last century, back when the Mac was the glorious computing beast of yesteryear, Mac users could navigate almost anywhere with a simple click to the Apple icon in the Menubar.
That great little shortcut took some effort to set up but it also meant you could avoid the Finder and get to any app, any file, any folder with the ease of a single click. Those days are gone. Here we are in the 21st century, more than 30 years have passed and the Finder remains the basic way to navigate the Mac’s file and folder hierarchy, and if it were not for the ubiquitous Dock, we’d be stuck navigating the way folks did decades ago.
Enter Shortcut Bar. This is a cleverly designed utility app which gives you almost the same one-click navigation Mac users had back in the 1980s. Click the icon in the Mac’s Menubar and you get a pop down window that lets you go where you want (after a little old fashioned set up).
Light mode or dark mode, Shortcut Bar is a quick and simple way to navigate to whatever. Just add a shortcut (alias). The app doesn’t even care what the shortcut is. It could be a shortcut to a folder, a file, an app, or whatever.
Click the Menubar icon, slide down to whatever you want to open or view or use, and, well, done.
You can add as many files, folders, and app shortcuts are you need, but just as important is the option to organize both files and folders into groups with specific, customizable headings so what you want remains easy to find.
You can even setup Shortcut Bar’s preferences to open a specific app or file, or open the Finder to display the location.
The benefit to using Shortcut Bar is obvious. Less need to browse around the Finder trying to, well, find files, apps, and folders. Everything on the Mac is available with a single click to the Menubar. All the icons the Finder uses are displayed in Shortcut Bar, too, so navigating through folders to find files has all the standard visual cues.
This saves time and speeds up your daily workflow with a minimal amount of effort to adjust to a learning curve. You’ll still need to assign the short to a specific file, folder, or app, but that just makes Shortcut Bar fully customizable.
The app is priced about right at a few dollars, but it’s interesting that it brings back functionality that Mac users enjoyed back in the 1980s but isn’t in macOS Sierra without jumping through a few hoops.