Power Menu is a highly configurable Finder extension that adds powerful actions to the right click menu and toolbar within Finder - this makes it quick and easy to do things such as move and copy files, convert images, create new documents and much more.
This guide is designed to explain briefly what each action performs and how to make the most of Power Menu.
First Launch and Using the App:
Power Menu functions as a standalone app that integrates with Finder on your Mac, and thus runs seamlessly in the background. On first launch, you are presented with the following:
Upon opening Power Menu, the app will automatically enable itself and activate its FinderSync extension in order to allow the actions menu to appear in the Finder right click menu and Toolbar.
With Power Menu enabled, if you right click upon a particular file or folder within Finder, a menu such as the one below should appear:
If you further open up the Finder window, you will also notice that with Power Menu running, an icon for the app will appear on the Finder toolbar, as seen below:
The icon on your Finder’s toolbar menu allows you to run the same customizable actions as the right click option.
This menu within the app lets you customize the actions you wish to see Power Menu perform.
The Actions List is pre-populated with a set of actions. These can be enabled/disabled by toggling the button next to each action. The green colour indicates that the corresponding action is enabled.
Please note that some actions are file specific. For example, the ‘Convert Image’ action will only work if an image file is right clicked on, etc.
i) Create a new file: This lets you create a new file in the file format of your choice. Please tick the tick box under the ‘Enabled’ column to add that particular file type to the new file action.
ii) Move to a folder: This option lets you very quickly teleport your file to a folder of your choice. In order to add more folders, simply click the ‘+’ icon on the top right corner.
iii) Copy to a folder: This works in much the same way as the ‘Move to a folder’ action, except that it makes a copy of the original file in the new folder location, rather than simply teleporting it there.
iv) Open With: Once you use the ‘+’ icon to add specific applications to this list, Power Menu lets you open the chosen file with an application from the list itself.
v) Open new Finder window: This action lets you open a new Finder window/tab to the selected location. In this example, the location is ‘Documents’. The app simply navigates you to the selected window/tab of your choice and opens a Finder window directly there.
vi) Secure Delete: This is a powerful functionality that lets you securely remove the file in question. The app is safely removed and deleted forever. Please use this action carefully, as permanently deleted files cannot be recovered.
vii) Send via Email: This handy options lets you quickly send the chosen file via your default email client at the click of a button. Please note that this functionality only works if your email client supports it.
viii) Convert Image: This action let you quickly convert an image to the various pre-set formats.
ix) Reset App Preferences: This lets you completely reset the selected application preferences to default.
x) Copy file paths to clipboard: Clicking this option quickly copies the exact and full file path of the selected file(s)/folder(s) in question to your Mac’s clipboard.
xi) New Terminal Tab Here: This opens the selected directory as a new Tab in Terminal.
xii) New Terminal Window Here: This opens a new Terminal window at the folder location.
xiii) Edit with Vim: This opens the file in Vim in Terminal, as a new session, ready to be edited.
xiv) Show hidden files in Finder: If applicable, this option shows the hidden files in Finder.
xv) Hide hidden files in Finder: If applicable, this option hides the hidden files in Finder.
Add your own customizable actions: In order to do this, please click on the ‘+’ icon next to the ‘Actions List’ title in the Manage Actions menu. This will give you the option to Run a Custom Script. To make use of this functionality, you will need to know how to write a shell script action. For more information, click here.
i) Show all actions within a submenu in Finder: Enabling this tick box groups all the Power Menu actions into a submenu when a file is right clicked.
ii) Disable action notifications: Enabling this option will prevent notification popups from being triggered when actions are run