How many ways can you find files, open folders, and launch apps on your Mac? Between the Dock and the Finder nearly everything you want to view or open can be done with just a few clicks. The Dock is good for launching apps and viewing a few files and folders and it’s fast and convenient. The Finder gives you access to more functionality but is more cumbersome to use. There must be some sweet middle ground.
Here it is. Instant Menu.
This inexpensive Menubar utility is something of a throwback to the Apple menu navigation system in Mac Classic OS versions from yesteryear. One click to the Menubar and Instant Menu instantly gives you one-click access to everything in the Applications folder.
Instant Menu is simple. Install it, launch it from the Finder, click the Menubar icon and choose from the Instant Menu > Preferences, or the Base Directory, which defaults to the Applications folder.
One click can open any file or folder, but the real power of Instant Menu comes in the Preferences which allow you to select specific folders on your Mac for each user to customize with folders in the User section, vs. folders in the Base, or default section.
Preferences also include options to view the Instant Menu menus with normal, large, or small icons, with or without text. Sorting can be displays by name or type. OS X comes with many hidden files within folders and Instant Menu has a setting so you can view those, too.
Adding folders is easy, too. Just click the Plus sign in the lower lefthand corner of Preferences.
Instant Menu makes it about as easy as possible to locate and launch apps, open folders, and even find invisible files. One feature that would make Instant Menu an absolute bargain and set it above other simple app launchers would be an option to select and place apps and documents in the pull down menu, vs. requiring that they be placed within a folder.
Add that functionality and Instant Menu would be a perfect launcher and priced at 99-cents it would be a bargain.