File Cabinet Pro

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I am always on the lookout for helpful little apps that can enhance my Mac workflow experience. Like everyone, I interact with the Finder constantly, so Finder improvement apps are high on my list. Enter a handy app called File Cabinet Pro by App Tyrant.

What is File Cabinet Pro

File Cabinet Pro (hereinafter referred to as FCP) is quite sophisticated and very handy. Here is a description of the app from their website:

File Cabinet Pro is the file manager for the macOS menu bar. Quickly navigate to files without cluttering your desktop. Open, move, rename, compress, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from the menu bar. You can open many file types natively in File Cabinet Pro or open files by launching other applications. It’s easy to click into directories in icon view, drill through directories in list view, or navigate the file tree in column view.

File Cabinet Pro is also a document-based application that ships with a built-in text editor, image viewer, pdf viewer, and media player.
– via sites.fastspring.com

Basically, it puts the Finder and all it can do in your Menu Bar. So, you say, why not just use the Finder? Lets take a look at FCP, then I will tell you how I use it.

File Cabinet Pro Layout

Here is the main window of File Cabinet Pro:

File Cabinet Pro Window

FCP resides as a Menu Bar icon. When you click it, the above window is what you get. The only way to close FCP is to click the red button (top arrow). You can view your files in all the typical Finder views (Second arrow). You can choose to show the Finder sidebar as well (bottom arrow). You can pretty much do anything that the Mac Finder allows you to do:

FCP Right-Click


File Cabinet Pro Settings

The Preferences General Tab has many of the usual settings:

FCP Preferences

I like that you can adjust the text size and set a few other Finder view defaults. Here are the File Types FCP handles:

FCP File Types

Pretty much about every file type in the Mac universe. Remember, FCP will not only open all kinds of documents, it also can play audio and video files.

Usually I activate FCP by clicking on the Menu Bar icon. However, you can set it to open with a hot key:

FCP Hotkey

So, having said all this, how do I use File Cabinet Pro? If my Desktop is clear and I need to get a file I usually just use the Finder, or in my case PathFinder. However, when I have several windows and apps open on the Desktop, FCP comes in really handy. Especially if I need to get to my Desktop! I cannot count the times I have been working on a project with several apps open and needed to get to my Desktop for something. I would end up moving apps around to unbury the Desktop. No more! I just activate FCP, navigate to the Desktop and get what I need.

Conclusion

File Cabinet Pro is not an absolute necessity, but it sure comes in handy at times. It is a little pricey at $29, but if you are fortunate like me you can get it on sale for $14.95. It is just another way to work smarter on my Mac.

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