By feature I mean a built-in function to macOS that you use often and would be disappointed if Apple were to delete it in the next upgrade? Here are some examples. The Finder. Alright, that’s more of app, but you get the idea. The Dock?
I’ve always been surprised at how many Mac owners and users don’t know the Dock can be customized and just leave the basic apps where they were when the Mac was started up for the first time. I like the Dock.
Unfortunately, the Dock hasn’t had much love from Apple since, oh, well, about 2001 when Mac OS X first appeared. It does more now, but there are utilities which improve on the Dock’s basic functions. Tab Launcher has replaced my Mac but that’s an add-on utility app, not a favorite macOS feature.
So, what’s tops on my list of most used and most loved macOS features? The Menubar. Like the Dock, the Mac’s Menubar doesn’t get much love, either, and seems more like a leftover from the Mac OS Classic days, yet it is packed with options and capabilities– if you choose the right utilities to reside in the Menubar.
This is where it gets tricky because Menubar has a few built-in problems to worry about. For example, if you stuff it with utilities, unlike the Dock, which shrinks app icons to take on more app icons, the Menubar can get truncated by an application’s menu. When it comes to menu space, apps trump Menubar utilities.
That clutter and disorganization can be fixed with the Bartender utility, itself a Menubar app. Other than Bartender, I have 21 various and sundry utilities in my Mac’s Menubar. All accessible with a click or two.
Bartender is a good way to segregate those Menubar apps which get used frequently vs. those that are used seldom but still reside in the Menubar. For example, I don’t need the Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive icons in the Menubar because I seldom use those utilities. Bartender hides them in a one-click hidden Menubar.
So, I stuff the apps I seldom use in the second Menubar and that keeps plenty of space for Menubar apps I use more regularly.
Easy peasy, right?
With Default Folder on my Mac there isn’t much need to use the Dock or the Finder these days. Where does Default Folder live?