If you haven’t noticed by now, we love finding new apps that can help expand what’s possible on our various devices. This includes the likes of the iPhone and iPad, but with the transition to Apple Silicon, the Mac is getting a lot of love these days from indie developers. What makes this even more exciting is that there are new apps being released that we didn’t even know we needed until they were revealed and/or released by the developers.
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A perfect example of this is a new app that has made its way to the App Store called Folder Peek. The Menu Bar is already home to plenty of apps and features that aim to provide a better overall experience. For example, iStat Menus gives you system information at a glance, so you can see just how much RAM is being used by the dozens of Chrome tabs that you have open.
But with Folder Peek, this unlocks a new world of possibilities as you can use the app to quickly access files, documents, folders, and even apps, right from your Menu Bar. This is definitely one for the power users out there who don’t want to keep the macOS Dock or Finder sidebar riddled with apps or shortcuts to various folders and apps.
Folder Peek was just released onto the Mac App Store, and the developer provides the following list in terms of features:
- Add multiple folders to the menu bar
- Each folder can be individually customized
- File preview
- View and copy image & video dimensions
- Global keyboard shortcut to show/hide each folder menu
- Open a folder in a specific app
- Follows aliases and symlinks
- Shortcuts support
That’s right, there’s even Apple Shortcuts support so you can use Spotlight or Alfred to run a Shortcut command, and let Folder Peek handle everything else that you might need. The developer, Sindre Sorhus, has even implemented plenty of different customization options, with more than 3,000 different icons to choose from to help differentiate your different files, folders, and apps. By doing so, you can easily differentiate whether you are accessing a folder of documents or a selection of apps from your Menu Bar.
Other customization options for Folder Peek include the ability to use a custom title, change the size of the icons, or create a keyboard shortcut to open the drop-down menu without ever taking your hands off of the keyboard. According to Sorhus, they used a “custom SF Symbols picker so you can choose any symbol”. Apparently, this was a problematic feat to achieve, causing the app to make use of “some light ML (machine learning)” in order to be properly implemented when you go through the customization options.
Folder Peek is available on the Mac App Store for free, and there aren’t any in-app purchases so you’ll be able to take full advantage of the app as soon as it’s finished being installed on your Mac. Just hit the link below and give Folder Peek a shot!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.