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XMenu adds one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar. They give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and snippets. Launch any application, or insert text snippets or URLs into your email messages or Pages documents with a single menu choice.
  • No need for configuration
  • Six predefined folders: Applications, Developer Applications, Home, Documents, User-Defined, and Snippets
  • Keeps all your snippets and text modules handy
  • Operates as a menu extra, requires no hacks or extensions
  • Ideal replacement for Dock folders in OS X 10.5
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What's New

Version 1.9.6:
  • Improved: Menu handling adapted to OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Improved: Developer menu displays contents of "/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Applications" if there is no folder "/Developer/Applications".
  • Fixed: Minor issues in case of user home directories not located in "/Users".
  • Fixed: Due to a revised online help, the Welcome to XMenu help topic more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Macguruguy Member IconComment+129
Macguruguy
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Could not figure out how the heck to make this work. When clicking app, all I see is an app window. Where are the preferences for this app. They do not show up as a sub menu in Mavericks. Any help?

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Version 1.9.6
Lvdoc
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I didn't see this post until now, so sorry it's a bit late. (I hadn't used the program in awhile.) Right click on it in the menu bar; that will reveal the preferences. From there you can find a variety of menu options. If you choose "User-Defined," then you can name it what you want. (You'll see the change in the menubar after you type the name and press the Return button.)

To add items to that User-Defined menu, you'll have to go to the Users/Home Library, Application Support folder, XMenu folder, and then the Custom folder within that. Put your items in that Custom folder. (You can put folders in that folder as well.)

You'll have to tinker with it a bit to get a feel for it.

GeoProf Member IconComment+881
GeoProf
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Mountain Lion's Notification Center has really screwed up the easy accessibility of XMenu and Spotlight. Now the Notification Center is the farthest right menubar icon, and Spotlight's now to the left of XMenu! Even after using a hack to get rid of the useless and annoying Notification Center, the Spotlight icon is still to the left of XMenu, which sucks because I use Spotlight ten times more frequently than XMenu but can no longer just sweep my index finger to the upper-right corner of the Track Pad to access it — now I have to apply care and precision to hit the Spotlight icon without accidentally clicking one of the XMenu icons instead.

Mr./Ms. Developer, could you please find some way to re-engineer Xmenu so its icons can be placed just to the left of the Spotlight icon for those of us who’ve nuked the Notification Center? Pretty please?

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Version 1.9.4
GeoProf
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As I said, after nuking Mountain Lion's useless Notification Center from my system, menu item and all, XMenu’s icons were then positioned to the right of Spotlight’s, and that was really inconvenient. However, Bartender 1.0.x offers a fix for this problem by letting you move menu items almost anywhere you want! With Bartender installed and running, I just Command-dragged the XMenu items to the left of Spotlight's, et voilà — and it sticks after restart!

GianMarco-Tavazzani
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Try BarTender (I write this way Bartender and advised the STUBBORN developer to use this more meaningful name) to hide in a menubar submenu all the menubar icons not immediately necessary and hide the not at all, like NC and SL, which we all access via gestures or shortcuts

delete PLEASE Member IconReview+6
delete PLEASE
+2

I am trying to delete xmenu from my iMac. When dragging the application folder to the trash, I receive the message "xmenu can't be moved to the trash because it's open". Can't see where it's open anywhere, I've never used it and no longer want it on my system. Can anyone help?

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Version 1.9.3
delete PLEASE
+1

Figured it out, took a couple of restarts. Thanks anyway. Not thrilled with any 3rd party utility that does not install or delete easily. This 5yo iMac is unstable at times, and I'm deleting all 3rd part stuff in an effort to clean things up.

Zo219
+4

You could open Activity Monitor, sort processes by name, find and force quit it there.

PorkPieHat
+4

That problem is not with XMenu, it's with you for not bothering to read the Help files. If you had, you'd have known that you can quit XMenu by right-clicking on any of its menu bar icons and selecting "Quit XMenu."

Springheelmac
+3

Just FYI, XMenu is not the problem. I have it on a 6 year old PPC eMac running 10.5.8, which is still as fast as the day I got it. (That's one of the reasons I will never go to a PC again. Try susing a 6 year old PC running XP or Vista and let me know how fast it is.) I maxed my RAM out years ago and that was the best thing to do, as it uses most of it. You do need to be proactive and watch what you download, keep your anti-virus updated and such, but this small, helpful utility isn't your problem. Just my two cents. I too keep most non-Apple software off my Mac, except for useful little things like this. Using Safari as a browser with some security extensions like Ghostery, WOT and the Safari Cookies add-on also helps immensely.

delete PLEASE
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Thanks for the help, most of you. It's very rare I come to forums such as this for help, but I was frustrated by this utility and wanted to see what others were experiencing. Looks like a couple of you could not resist posting, even after seeing my next post, same day, saying I fixed the issue and thank you. To those who would chastise someone for "not reading the help menu", your attitude is not in keeping with what a help site such as this should be. To the other who mentioned that their 6-year-old iMac is running as fast as the day they got it and see-if-a-Windows-PC-would-do-the-same, I would say that I can buy 3 very good Windows PC's over those 6 years for what I paid for my iMac. I expect more from the Mac because I paid more and my experience has not been good, my Mac "experiment" is fast coming to an end. I came to this site with a simple request for help, not to be scolded or lectured. I can find as good as or better help from other sources without all the attitude. Peace.

Springheelmac
+3

I honestly didn't mean any offense. Sorry about that.

coughlin_jake Member IconReview+1
coughlin_jake
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It's extremely simple to use but adds so much convenience. I like that it does what it does well.

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Version 1.9.3
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281
Poikkeus
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FinderPop has been around for some time - but I've rarely used it, despite its ease of use. But XMenu can be accessed from a drop down menu, and gives you fast access to your applications, for free. For me, this is an example of a great idea that's even simpler to use. If you have a lot of applications, scrolling down to your program of choice is a natural.

Like FinderPop, XMenu is free - the best price.

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Version 1.9.2
Scottyo Member IconReview+27
Scottyo
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I've used XMenu for many years, because it's provided exactly the interface I want to access apps and other stuff.

But 1.9.2 brings what is, for me, a huge disadvantage. It no longer places its menus close to the right edge of the menu bar, where they're always accessible. Instead, it places them to the left of all (?) other menu extras. This usually has them hidden behind application menu items on my little 1280x800 MacBook screen. That means I have to switch to Finder or some other menu-light app before I can get access. For Snippets, it's deadly, as I can no longer easily paste them where I want because of having to switch out of the target application.

Try as I might, I can't get them to move to the right. I sorted XMenu to first position in my Login Items pref and logged out/in, no joy. The DEVONtechnologies XMenu forum has a similar issue posted April 1 by theorg, asking for advice/fix, with no response after a week.

I'll be trying to find 1.9.1 and reinstall.

Advice: if you have a small screen, stick with 1.9.1.

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Version 1.9.2
PorkPieHat
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Umm, Scottyo, is it possible that you forgot about XMenu's preference called "To the left of menu extras." If you uncheck its box, your XMenus will immediately jump back to their cozy nook on the rightmost edge of your Menubar.

PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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Correction of two points in my review below:

1) The 'Download Now' link above has been updated and now yields v. 1.9.2;

2) The developer informed me that XMenu was not completely rewritten in the 64-bit architecture. Rather, "Version 1.9.2 indeed supports 64-bit, but it wasn't completely rewritten, only recompiled after minor changes."

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Version 1.9.2
PorkPieHat Member IconReview+0
PorkPieHat
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DOWNLOAD NOTE: Direct download link for XMenu 1.9.2: http://www.devon-technologies.com/files/XMenu.app.zip because as of 7:00 AM on March 20, the version downloading from this MacUpdate link is still 1.9.1.

XMenu is a GREAT free app that gives you super-fast, easy access to your files and apps, and I'm thrilled that DEVONtechnologies continues to develop it. I've been using it for years, but previous versions became too slow — I had to retire the Applications menu and replace it with Himmelbar because it started taking too long to open under OS 10.6.3+. Thankfully, version 1.9.2 was rewritten as 32/64-bit, so now it’s snappier by perhaps 15-20%. So, I re-rate it at 4.5 stars. The only things that could make it better would be a color preference for the menus, and even speedier operation of the Applications menu. But asking that of such a generous developer would be greedy!

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Version 1.9.2
Formica
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One other feature I would love to see added to XMenu is the ability to place the icons/menus is a different order than the order the app automatically applies. Even better would be the ability to also locate them separately in different parts of the menubar!

Jesuguru Member IconReview+21
Jesuguru
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LOVE this little piece of code, adds to OSX the only "Windows-like" feature I missed: point to quickly open deeper files/folders. Newest version 1.9.2 seems quicker to respond than previous version. Well done!

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Version 1.9.2
PorkPieHat Member IconReview+0
PorkPieHat
+1

I've been using XMenu for a few years and think it's a really great old app. However, as mentioned in my 7/15/10 review below, its v. 1.9.0 Applications menu had simply become t o o d a r n s l o w to render after clicking its icon. So, now I use Himmelbar as an Applications launcher and XMenu's Home and Snippets menus for those functions because they work better than any of the other 12 or so such apps available.

However, I just discovered that XMenu was updated to v. 1.9.1 in November 2010 after nearly 2 years of neglect, so I was hopeful that Devontechnologies had modernized it. But after trying it today, I was very disappointed to discover that it hadn't become even the slightest bit quicker, and in fact hadn’t improved one jot. The update’s description said that they’d added an alternate menu accessible by control-clicking one of its icons, but v. 1.9.0 already had that functionality, and I’ve been using it for more than 2 years! So I don’t know what the heck they were thinking when they made that statement.

So unfortunately, XMenu is STILL dying, and will continue to die until its developer rewrites it from the ground up to take advantage of several Leopard and Snow Leopard technologies that its current version simply ignores, making it one ulcerously slow waste of time. Shame, really.

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Version 1.9.1
Flash1296
+1

Download today's updated v. 1.9.2

You will be glad that you did so.

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Acerbic
Version 1.9.6
user icon+18
Maeric
Version 1.9.5
user icon+1
Kasee
Version 1.9.4
user icon+0
alonso78
Version 1.9.4
user icon+0
jugaor
Version 1.9.1
user icon-3
LV-426
Version 1.9.1
user icon-7
Jonassh
Version 1.9.1
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Downloads 45,152
Version Downloads 3,502
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 13 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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