I collect apps. And, based upon my last SuperDuper! backup, I seem to collect files, too. Over 1-million in the last backup clone. Is there an easy way to navigate through files and folders? I mean, you know, easier than the Finder?
Yes. About two dozen apps give Mac users easier, faster ways to navigate through thousands of files, hundreds of folders, and dozens of apps. Here’s a quick look at my newest, inexpensive, and remarkably useful one-click navigation tool.
The objective is simple. Since I’m not a keyboard-aholic, I use the mouse to navigate folders to find files and applications. In the Finder, navigation is still pretty much like it was back in the previous century.
Add CustomMenu to your Mac, drop in your favorite apps, files, and frequently used folders (or, everything), and one click gets you there. Mostly.
The way it works is simple enough but laborious and tedious, and, as I set up my Mac I found a free way to do the same thing.
CustomMenu relies on aliases, that seldom used but very helpful way to click here to open something over there. It works. An alias of your Mac’s Documents folder makes it a breeze to click the Menubar and navigate through everything in the folder.
The app uses aliases to create a menu of frequently used apps, files, and folders so you don’t have to dig through the Dock or the Finder to find what you want. Nice, right?
The same amount of effort can be devoted to a navigation folder which you drop onto the Dock as an alias. This method is free, obviously, but not as elegant as CustomMenu which does one-click navigation instead.
I’m in the process of collecting and evaluating other file and folder navigation utilities and will report back on some of the better selections.