Some Tab Rows are now configurable. Any Tab Row that is configurable displays a Gear Icon next to its Title (when you mouse over the Title). Simply click the Gear to display a menu with actions and settings specific to the Tab Row.
For example, clicking the Gear Icon of a Clipboard History
Tab Row lets you configure:
The type of Clippings it will track.
How many recent Clippings it will track.
The default action to perform when you select a Clipping.
You can also choose to remove recent Clippings if you wish.
You can choose from among the following types of content to display in any Tab Row:
Active Applications - your active applications
Dropbox Contents - access to your Dropbox and all its contents
Clipboard History - the recent contents of your Mac's Clipboard
Application Windows - the open windows of all your running Applications
Tagged Items - the files, folders & applications tagged with the Tags you specify*
Sidebar Items - items that appear in the "Sidebar" of Finder Windows
Dock Items - all the items from your Dock
Recent Applications - the applications you've recently opened
Recent Documents - the documents you've recently opened
Folder Contents - the contents of any folder you choose
Custom Items - Custom Items Tab Rows let you choose their contents. Add any:
Most Tab Row Contents are "Select and Go", meaning you select them and they instantly populate the Tab Row with their contents.
Other Tab Rows involve additional setup.
When you select Folder Contents, it initially presents commonly used folders for you to choose from, such as Applications, Documents, Desktop, Downloads and so on. You can select a folder from among the presented folders and the Tab Row will subsequently display the contents of that folder.
If you want the Tab Row to display the contents of a folder other than one of the commonly used folders, select the "Choose Folder..." button and choose whatever folder you wish. The Tab Row will display the contents of that folder.
A Custom Items Tab Row
lets you define its contents by letting you add any number of the following item types:
To add an item to a Custom Items Tab Row
, select the button and choose the type of item you wish to add:
A Tagged Items Tab Row displays the files, folders and applications that are Tagged with the Finder Tags or Finder Labels that you specify.
Select the button and select the Finder Tags and Finder Labels you want. All items that are Tagged or Labeled with your chosen Tags & Labels will popuplate the Tab Row. Select "None" to reset the Tab Row to be empty.
Note that you can select more than one Tag or Label.
This allows you to populate the Tab Row with all items that are Tagged with, say, "Work" OR are labeled with, say, "Green", and so on.
Each icon in a Tab Row is called a Tab Row item.
Each Tab Row item can be selected and activated. You use the Keyboard or Mouse to select and invoke any item, just as you would with the default Application Switcher.
Some Tab Row items can be removed from the Tab Row they are in, and some Tab Row items can also be configured, ordered and previewed.
An item that can be removed will display a button in the the upper left of its selection box. Click the button to remove the item from its Tab Row.
Similarly, an item that can be configured will display a button in the the upper right of its selection box. Click the button to display the item's configuration menu.
Alternately, you can right-click (or control-click) directly on an item to bring up its configuration menu.
Some items, such as some text documents, images, Clipboards & windows, display a preview of their contents.
Simply select an item and wait for half a second. If it is a previewable item, it will display a preview of its contents immediately above or below itself.
Sometimes you may have several items in a Tab Row which all look the same. These could be several folders, or Word files, for example. Having the same icon makes it hard to quickly identify which is which.
To solve this, SuperTab now lets you decorate individual items by badging or tinting them.
To customize -- or decorate -- an item, simply right-click (or control-left-click) on the item to bring up its configure menu. Highlight the "Decorate" menu item and then choose either an image or a tint color from the sub menu.
You can apply an image AND a color if you wish.
This lets you take these otherwise identical items:
And convert them into unique and instantly identifiable items:
SuperTab allows you to assign a custom, system-wide Hot Key to any Tab Row Item.
This lets you use a Hot Key to open any File, Folder, Application or Web Site at any time and from within any Application.
You can also use Hot Keys to invoke Auto Types
, paste from Clipboards
, activate Meta-Folders
as well as take custom Screen Shots
To set a Hot Key for an Tab Row item, bring up its configuration menu (see Tab Row Item Configuration
above), then select "Set Hot Key..." from its configuration menu.
If you previously defined an item's Hot Key, you can select it from the Sub Menu to edit it, or select "Clear Hot Key" to remove it.
SuperTab provides several Application Management features that give you a greater level of control over your Applications:
You can instruct SuperTab to ensure that any application is guaranteed to be running during specific time windows that you specify:
Work Day Hours (8 to 6)
Week Day Evenings (6 to Midnight)
You can configure any application to automatically hide itself after it has been in the background for a specified period of time:
You can configure any application to automatically quit itself after it has been in the background for a specified period of time:
To configure an application to auto-run, auto-hide or auto-quit, bring up its configure menu (see Tab Row Item Configuration above).
Then select the preferred option from
the appropriate sub menu:
Bring Windows Forward Together
Selecting this option for an application from its configuration menu will cause all of its windows to be brought to the foreground when the application becomes active.
This is useful if you often work between several of an application's windows and want them all accessible. Or, if you configure the Finder to bring its windows foreward together, you can simply click on the Desktop and all the Finder windows will come to the foreground, making it much easier to work with Finder windows.
Prevent Sleep When in Front
Selecting this option for an application will prevent your Mac from sleeping or from showing its Screen Saver when the application is in the foreground.
This is useful if you are giving a presentation and do not want it to be interrupted; or if you want to make sure your Mac won't sleep so you can guarantee you are reachable via email or chat, etc.
If you have a Folder in a Tab Row, you can access its contents several ways:
Select the Folder directly from within the Tab Row to open a window in the Finder populated with the Folder's contents.
Right-click (or control-click) on the Folder:
This brings up the Configure Menu for the folder, which presents you first with any recently opened items for super-quick access, followed by the initial items of the entire folder's contents, along with a special "-- More --" menu item.
To access the remaining contents of the folder, simply:
Hover on the "-- More --" item and the menu will expand with the full contents of the folder; or
Select the "-- More --" item to open a new menu with the full contents of the folder.
You also drill down into any levels of folders simply by highlighting a folder for a brief moment. An sub menu will appear with the contents of that folder's contents. You can repeat this as many times as you need to find the file you're looking for.
Working with Contents
SuperTab lets you do more than just open files within folders. You can also hover momentarily in a folder's Configuration menu on any file and a sub menu will appear for it where you can:
Discard the file
Show the file in the Finder
Share the file via Email
Move the file to your Dropbox (if you are running Dropbox)
Preview the file (if it is an image file)
SuperTab even gives you special features for working with your Downloads folder, giving you new flexibility into managing your Browser Downloads
You can configure SuperTab to be activated by:
Moving your mouse to any Hot Corner of your Mac's Main Screen
Open the System Preferences Application and select SuperTab to access SuperTab's Settings. There you can choose the methods you wish to use to activate SuperTab:
Default Tab Rows
When you activate SuperTab by pressing Command-Tab or Option-Tab, the "Active Applications" Tab Row is the default Tab Row that you will initially be interacting with. However, you can specify any Tab Row to be the default Tab Row when you press Command-Tab or when you press Option-Tab.
This would allow you, for example, to have Command-Tab cycle through your Active Applictions while having Option-Tab cycle through, say, your Open Windows.
To make a Tab Row the default when you press Command-Tab, click on the Title of the Tab Row and in the resulting menu select the "Make Command-Tab activate..." item.
To make a Tab Row the default when you press Option-Tab, click on the Title of the Tab Row and in the resulting menu select the "Make Option-Tab activate..." item.
Note that you may need to grant SuperTab certain System access in order to activate SuperTab via Command-Tab. To do so:
If your Mac is running Mountain Lion (10.8):
• Open "System Preferences".
• Click the "Accessibility" icon.
• Check the "Enable access for assistive devices" check box.
If your Mac is running Mavericks (10.9) or later:
• Open "System Preferences".
• Click the "Security & Privacy" icon.
• Click the "Privacy" tab.
• Click the "Accessibility" item in the left hand list.
• If the lock in the lower left shows as "locked", click on it and enter your credentials.
• Check the check box next to "SuperTab.app".
To determine which System version your Mac is running, choose "About This Mac" from the Apple menu.
Not only does SuperTab bring you new ways to access all the things you use your Mac for, it also lets you customize SuperTab's appearance to suit your needs, the size of your Mac's display, or even just your whimsy and style!
To customize SuperTab, open SuperTab in your Mac's System Preferences and click on the "More..." button.
From here you can now control several aspects of SuperTab's appearance.
Change the Color of Tab Rows
Change the Opacity of Tab Rows
Specify the Max Width of Tab Rows
Indicate the allowed Tab Row Icon Sizes
Choose the Color of the Backdrop
Choose the Opacity of the Backdrop
Choose the Blur Amount of the Backdrop
Together these give you a wide range over the look and feel of SuperTab that is perfect for your working style. Here are just a few examples:
When SuperTab is activated by either mouse or keyboard, the following Keys and corresponding Actions are available:
|A||Move the selection up to next higher Tab Row|
|Z||Move the selection down to next lower Tab Row|
|H||Hide the currently selected Application (without dismissing SuperTab)|
|Q||Quit the currently selected Application (without dismissing SuperTab)|
|O||Open the currently selected Application (without dismissing SuperTab)|
|Return||Open the currently selected item|
|ESC||Dismiss SuperTab (with no action taken)|
|Arrows||Move the selection left, right, up or down|
When SuperTab is activated by keyboard (Command-Tab or Option-Tab), the following additional Keys and corresponding Actions are available:
|Command-Tab||Move the selection right|
|Command-`||Move the selection left|
|Command-Shift-Tab||Move the selection left|
|Option-Tab||Move the selection right|
|Option-`||Move the selection left|
|Option-Shift-Tab||Move the selection left|
There is a lot more to SuperTab to discover. See how SuperTab can simplify access to your commonly visited Web Sites, automatically type frequently used phrases, signatures and more for you, take screen shots, capture clipboard history and more: