The main launch window can be displayed using various triggers. These are a global hotkey, a click on the menu bar icon or a click on the dock icon. In addition, you can define for each trigger at which position the main window should be displayed for this trigger.
For example, in the screenshot above, the main window appears at the bottom left of the screen when the Command key is pressed twice, the main window appears at the top right when the menu icon is clicked, and the main window appears at the bottom left of the screen when the dock icon is clicked.
Important: The dock icon of Start does not appear automatically. If you want to use this feature, you have to add Start to the dock manually.
Do you want to launch entries with a single or a double mouse click?
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.
With this option you can let Start launch automatically when you restart your Mac.
This option allows you to specify whether the search in the main window should only search for the title (Application name, etc.) or alternatively also in existing comments.
This option will also show you matching tags in the main window when searching. In addition, you can decide what should happen when you select a tag in the search in the main window.
Here you can define with which view the main window of Start is displayed.
Normally the entries in the sidebar are selected by mouse click. If you activate this option you can switch through the entries by leaving the mouse pointer briefly over an entry.
These are settings for how an entry is displayed in Start.
If you assign a color to an entry in Start, this color is displayed with a bar on the left. Additionally the line will be colored. With this setting you can determine how intensively the line color should be displayed.
This value determines the size of the entries in the main window.
Start also displays the path or URL of an entry in addition to its title. This can be controlled with this option.
Do you want a small border around the display of a hotkey?
Here you can define how wide the main window of Start is displayed.
Here you can define how high the main window of Start is displayed. The height is defined in percent of the screen.
Here you can set the desired size of the sidebar entries.
The categories give you quick access to all files, directories and URLs managed with Start. The most recent applications or the currently active applications are also displayed in a corresponding category. In the "Categories" area you can now control whether these entries are visible in the main window. If, for example, you only want to find the directories in the respective tags and not in a central place, you can simply deactivate the corresponding category here.
If this option is active, the number of entries currently assigned to the tag is displayed next to the tags.
The right area of Start is normally represented by a solid color in dark or light. However, this option allows you to make this area slightly transparent, so that, for example, background colors shine through slightly.
Here you can see in which directories Start uses Spotlight to search for applications. You can add your own entries to this list here.
The search scope is especially interesting for users of macOS 10.15 Catalina or higher. By default, Start does not search in the application directory of the current user (~/Applications) due to sandbox restrictions.
To protect your data, Start runs according to Apple's specifications in a so-called sandbox. The sandbox gives Start only very limited access to the files and folders on your Mac. For example, applications can be started in the applications directory, but for files or programs in their own directories, Start requires permission from you. When you add your own files to Start, permission to open them from Start is automatically added. You can see which accesses you have set up over time (and which may no longer be needed) in the "Sandbox Access" list in the settings.
If you have allowed access to a directory, the permissions also apply to its subdirectories. For example, you can also add the root directory "/" manually to access entries more easily.
Start can enter numerous entries in the system's log as part of a troubleshooting process. This option should only be active when actively searching for a problem, as this negatively affects the performance of the application.
Logging only takes place in the local system log. An automatic transmission, for example, in the context of an troubleshooting process, does not take place. Start respects data privacy and does not transmit log data in the background to the developer.
This function creates a text file containing all relevant information from Start. This information includes, for example, which entries were found by Spotlight, which entries are currently available in Start and which settings are currently active.