MenuMate

I am always looking for new Apps and Extensions that make me more efficient on my Mac. To that end, I use keyboard shortcuts more than in the past. I use several workflow helper apps as well. Lately, I have been trying out a neat little app called MenuMate by ZIPZAP MAĆ software.

 

Workflow Helpers

As I said, I use several workflow helpers on my iMac. I have used the Favorites Menu in PathFinder for years. I use CuteClips as a Clipboard enhancer. I use Dashlane as my password manager. I use PopChar as a Mac character finder. I use Bartender to manage my menu bar items. I use Mosaic as a window manager. I use Typinator as my text expansion tool. I use Launchbar as a catch all helper. And, on and on it goes.

If you are just into the basics of the macOS, no worries. The default features like the standard Clipboard, standard menu bar, and standard macOS text expansion will work just fine. However, if you are a power user or at least an intermediate Mac user then you will be looking for and using third party apps to enhance your macOS workflow. Enter a handy and fun little app called MenuMate.

MenuMate

MenuMate displays a copy of an apps menu bar items at your cursor. You do not have to move your mouse cursor up to the apps menu bar items, just mouse click (or use a keyboard command) where you are working on your screen and the menus appear! Here is what that looks like in the Airmail 3 application:

MenuMate Airmail

Here it is in the Acorn image editor:

MenuMate Acorn

MenuMate is really helpful for people with a large monitor or even dual monitors. I have a 27” iMac and I can tell you from experience, this feature is super handy! No more traveling the width or height of the screen to get to a menu bar item. I just activate MenuMate right where I am working.

Speaking of activating MenuMate, the app provides two ways of doing that. First, there is the good old standby, keyboard hotkey:

MenuMate Hotkey

It comes set to Option ⌥ – “Z”, but you can change that to whatever works for you. Or, depending on what type of mouse you use, you can set one of the mouse keys to activate Menu Mate:

Menu Mate Mouse Button

I use a Logitech Bluetooth mouse. I set the scroll wheel push to activate MenuMate, it works great. You cannot use the left-click or right-click button on your mouse for activating MenuMate.

There is one more thing I want to mention. If you use a Magic Trackpad like I do, you can download a free app called MagicPrefs which has some settings for a Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse. I downloaded and played with this free program, but could not get it to work well with my older Magic Trackpad. It probably works fine with the newer Magic Trackpad. I did not try my Magic Mouse, YMMV. Since MagicPrefs is free, it would be worth trying anyway. It may work just fine in your setup.

While writing this article I got the Magic Trackpad to work for activating MenuMate using an app called BetterTouchTool. I used BetterTouchTool to set a trackpad gesture to be the “Middle” mouse button. Then I set MenuMate to be activated by the “Middle” mouse button and now I can use my Magic Trackpad to activate MenuMate. BetterTouchTool does all kinds of other stuff, more on that in another article.

The one draw back to using MenuMate is muscle memory. You just have to get used to activating MenuMate instead of sliding your mouse all the way to the top of the monitor for menus.

By the way, I learned about MenuMate from reading Working Smarter for Mac Users by Bob LeVitus. Working Smarter is a very helpful book. I have been using Macs for a few decades, but I am still learning good things that make me more efficient.

Conclusion

There are lots of apps and other goodies to enhance your Mac workflow. MenuMate is just one among many. However, for $4.99 in the App Store you cannot go wrong giving it a try. I think it works great. I am using it quite often.