FAQ, Tips and usage hints

Create subcategories

In addition to normal categories, you can also create subcategories. This allows you to sort your applications even better.

You create a subcategory like a normal category by assigning it to an application. All you have to do is separate the parts with a | sign.

You want to sort your graphics programs into the category "Graphic Programs". However, you want to have all the graphic filters and additional tools in a corresponding sub-category.

All your graphics programs are assigned the category "Graphic programs" in the configuration. You give the graphic filters the category "Graphic Programs|Effects" and the tools the category "Graphic Programs|Tools".


How to add files and folders to start

Files and directories can be added to start very easily. Open the settings of start and switch to the data area. Now you can simply drag' n' drop the files and directories you want into the data area and then categorize them or add a comment.

start does not show all available apps

start uses spotlight to find existing applications and react to changes. This means that spotlight must be active under macOS (this is the default setting of macOS).
In rare cases spotlight may not index all applications. In this case it helps to rebuild the spotlight index.

The configuration

(1) - Show only active or all entries

In the application list, applications can be set to inactive (small checkbox next to the application). Inactive applications are not displayed later in the main window. If you only want to see the active applications in the configuration, you can do this via the selection field

(2) - View applications, files, directories or everything

In start you can manage applications, files and directories. Via this selection field you can determine which type should be displayed in the configuration.

(3) - Set category for all selected entries

You can define the category for an application directly in the list or - if you have selected several applications - use this input field to set the category for several applications at once.

(4) - Search by application name or category

Use this search box to quickly find an application or category.

(5) - Export and import of settings

The application settings (colors, categories and comments) can be exported and imported using these buttons. When you import, all previous settings are replaced by the imported settings.

(6) - color assignments

In start you can assign not only categories but also colors to applications. This makes the application easier to see in the list. Just click with the mouse on the left side of the list in the free area. In the window that now appears, you can assign a color to the application.

(7) - Assign a category to an application

Enter the desired category of an application here.

(8) - Assign a comment to an application

You can also add a comment to an application. This comment is then displayed in the main window instead of the path.