How many ways can you find files you want or recently used on your Mac? Well, there’s the time honored method of clicking through a gazillion folders in the Finder. Or, for free, you can click the Apple menu in the Menubar and select Recent Items.
That gets a one-click method to open recently used applications and recently used files. That works except when it doesn’t. For example, it won’t show older used files, won’t show downloaded files, and does not list favorite files or documents. It’s just a list of recent items.
There’s a better way. It’s a Mac utility called Trickster which keeps track not only of recently used files but also favorite or often used files. Click the Menubar icon and pretty much everything you used recently, or want to use now, is there.
Also included in the list of files are newly created or recently modified files and folders. If your list is long then files can be filtered by type, name, and location. Use the mouse, trackpad, or keyboard to navigate.
Even better, Trickster knows about drag and drop. Instead of hunting around those aforementioned gazillion files and folders in Finder, find what you want in the Trickster drop down menu, and then… insert drum roll here… drag it to wherever you need it. Image files drag into image apps, document files drag directly to the Dock icon and into whatever app they’re assigned to.
Icons at the bottom of Trickster’s pull down menu are almost self explanatory. The Filters menu is no the right, then the Basic or Extended row style icons, or sort by Time or Alphabet. Search is obvious as is the Gear icon for Main Menu. The right sidebar displays favorites– from Dropbox to Applications.
Trickster works much like the Finder but from the Mac’s Menubar so files and folders you need are a click away. This is one of those utilities that once you use it you begin to realize why Mac power users prefer the keyboard to trackpad or mouse. This is a good app to save time and time is money.