Supercharged Menu Bar Search
brew install --cask finbar
Finbar reimagines the Mac’s built–in menu bar search with great features such as fuzzy filtering and tracking of recently selected menu items — without sacrificing an ounce of speed. With Finbar, you’ll unlock the menu bar’s true potential as a native, ubiquitous command palette.
Yes, your Mac has built–in menu bar search capabilities, and in fact, I was a devout user of this feature myself for a long time. While quite serviceable right out of the box, I started to feel there’s a lot to be desired with the way it currently works: No fuzzy searching; it also searches through an app’s “help book” which slows things down; it doesn’t remember your recently selected menu items, and it offers no control over excluding or including specific menu items from search results. All of these, and more, persuaded me to start building Finbar.
Finbar is designed to do one thing, and do it well. Built exclusively with native Apple technologies, it’ll retrieve your desired menu item in no time. And when not in use, it awaits patiently in its own little spot in the menu bar, taking virtually no resources.
Find the menu item you were looking for faster and with minimal typing, all while eschewing tiresome memorization of its title.
Finbar remembers every menu item you’ve selected, gradually accumulating a list of your favorite menu items. This list stays relevant across launches, and even when menu items have a dynamic, varying title.
Powerful Rule Editor
Create incredibly intricate rules using the Mac’s tried and true rule editing interface, and never see an irrelevant menu item again.
Menu Bar Traversal
Navigate through the most complex of menu bar hierarchies with just a few keystrokes: Finbar turns every menu bar into a browsable outline, just like the Finder does for your file system. And selecting menu items containing other items will scope the search just to those nested items.
Extend with Custom Scripts
Finbar will automatically pick up any shell scripts or AppleScript files placed inside a designated folder and integrate them with the rest of the menu bar, essentially a way for you to add “menu items” of your own.
Quickly select the first nine eligible items using customizable keyboard shortcuts. Hold the ⌘ key to tell an item’s position among the other nine.
Couldn’t find the menu item you were looking for? Searching the system’s help menu remains a click away.
- Shows menu item key equivalents
- Shows menu item “mark characters” (e.g. ✓)
- Global keyboard shortcut
- Tabular interface with resizable, movable columns