First Steps

After you have started start you will see... nothing. This is correct because start runs in the background and can be reached via a small icon in the menu bar.


To open start, just click with the mouse on the icon in the menu bar. start now displays a list of all existing applications. Use the search field above the list to narrow your selection. An application is started by clicking with the mouse or by pressing the return key.

start in detail

With start you can assign tags, colors and comments to your applications to make them easier to find. These settings are made in the configuration. Click on the icon in the menu bar to display the main window. Then click on the menu icon in the main window. This will take you to the configuration.

In the following sections the settings are explained in more detail.


The settings are divided in "Data", "Tags" and "General". The "Data" area is the most important area. Tags, colors and comments are assigned to the programs here. It is also possible to define exactly which entries should be displayed. In the "Tags" area you will find a list of all created tags. These can be renamed and deleted. Furthermore, different symbols can be assigned to the tags here. In the area "General" all general program settings are grouped together.

Configuration - Data

(1) - Show only active or all entries

In the item list, items can be set to inactive (small checkbox next to the item). Inactive items are not displayed later in the main window. If you only want to see the active items 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) - Modify all existing Tags
(4) - Set Tag for all selected items

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

(5) - Add Files and/or Folders
(6) - Search by name or Tag

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

(7) - Export and import of settings

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

(8) - color assignments

In start you can assign not only tags 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.

(9) - Assign a tag to an item

Write here the desired tag for an item. As soon as you start writing, you will see a list of existing tags that match your current tag. If your new tag does not exist yet, a new tag entry will be created.

(10) - Assign a shortcut to an item

You can assign a shotcut to an item. Simply click in the shortcut-field and press the desired shortcut. To remove an assigned shortcut click on the small x in the shortcut-field.

(11) - Assign a comment to an item

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

Configuration - Tags


All existing tags are listed here. You can select a symbol for each tag and also rename tags. Use the + and - buttons to add a new tag or delete a selected tag.

Unused tags are removed when you quit the program.

Configuration - General

Global Hotkey

Here you can define a key combination with which you can open "Start".

Show/Hide Popover

The main window can be shown with an animation.


start can be displayed either as a popup menu in the menu bar or as a window in the middle of the screen. Here you can set which of the two options you want to use.


Do you want to call up entries at start with a single or a double mouse click?

Alternate browser for folder

Do you want to use another application to open a selected folder? If yes, just leave the path to the application here. If the path is invalid or nothing is defined, start simply uses the Finder.


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