Like "Start" button on Windows OS, ShortCut application adds a new "ShortCut" status-menu into your Mac's system-wide menu bar, providing quick access to frequently used applications and common folders, files.

Functions of the application:

+ SHORT-CUT IN SYSTEM MENU BAR: click on "ShortCut" menu in system menu bar will display a menu full of your favorite applications, folder, files.
This small shortcut icon allow you to save time and effort in using Mac computer

+ FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE: application allow to add, rename, delete shortcut of any applications, folder, files in your Mac
(You could also drag applications / folders / files directly from Finder to the application's "Preferences" dialog to change contents of "ShortCut" status-menu.)

+ CHANGE ICON SIZE: allow to customize icon size from 16x16 to 90x90

+ CHANGE SHORTCUT NAME: you could change the app's status-menu name which appears in system-wide menu bar

+ DISPLAY DATE-TIME IN SYSTEM MENU BAR: instead of showing "ShortCut" name in the menu bar, you could change to display a more dynamic content in "Date-Time" format.
There are many options for you to choose from:
Example: set [MM/DD 'at' HH:mm] will show [12/31 at 23:10]

+ AUTO-START: there is an option for you to let this application automatically Open at Login

What's New

Version 1.1

- Fix bugs
- Allow to expand Folder content

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Simple, easy, just what I wanted. Here are some suggestions.


First thing I did was delete the existing shortcuts, because I wanted to put just the things in it for which I wanted fast access. Super easy prefs pane for adding items, I dragged both files and folders from the Finder into the prefs panel. Nice that I can give them a customized name. Suggestions:

- Shortcut-specific preference that lets me sort some folders by reverse modified-date, when a folder is expanded.
- A way to "hoist" a folder, so its contents show up at the top level. If I wanted rapid access to the contents of a folder, and have it up-to-date at all times, I could add a folder as a short-cut and specify that its *contents* are displayed in the menu.
- B/W icon, like Dropbox, so it blends in with the rest of my menu bar icons.

Cascading menus of documents, apps, whatever. Like the Start menu in Windows.

Gentle Explorer

This is a simple, easy to use, and easy to configure app that provides custom fly-out lists.

If you are familiar with the Windows Start menu it is quite similar. A list of categories pops down, and when you mouse over an item in the list then the programs or documents "fly out", making another list.

It is quite handy for accessing apps and frequently accessed folders and files.

It is super-easy to configure, and it seems to be reliable.

I have used this developer's xDiagram which is an inexpensive diagramming tool. I was so impressed with that product that when I saw he had written this app I decided to try it. Clearly, this developer knows what he is doing.

My only gripe is that the toolbar icons in the "Preferences…" are a bit oversized and non-aesthetic. I wish they were a bit more attractive. OK, so he isn't a graphic designer. But he is a darn good coder. It's a great app, and it is cheap.

Used to be great, broken with latest OS


I loved this app, it was a huge time saver, used it all the time. I purchased a new machine a couple months ago, it came preloaded with High Sierra, and the app stopped arranging folders alphabetically like it did before, now it shows a random order, rendering the app useless. I reached out to the developer and he said that can't fix the issue because: "if it fixes it he will have to comply with Apple's new rule "Sandbox" which does not allow the app to access /Applications folder", whatever that means.

Great little app, now just eating up space on my screen.


Tien Thinh Vu
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Rated 4+
© Vu Tien Thinh 2012


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