I am looking for a start menu and taskbar for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) with as many following features as possible (approximately ordered by descending importance):

Start menu:

  • Multi-column application list (i.e. no need to scroll)
  • Applications shouldn't be split into different categories
  • no menu delay (i.e. the delay for opening submenus when the mouse hovers over a folder item should be 0.)
  • show the X recently launched applications
  • clicking on a non-leaf element of the start menu should have no effect


Is there any other great option? I am basically looking for an equivalent of Classic Start Menu (Windows).

It's okay if the suggested application provides only the start menu or the taskbar.

I am aware of uBar but it does not present applications in a multi-column application list, clicking on a non-leaf element opens some folder, and maximized windows overlap with the uBar's taskbar.

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I am also aware of iTaskbar but it has the same issues as uBar: it does not present applications in a multi-column application list, and maximized windows overlap with the taskbar.

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Lastly, Fantasktik is no longer maintained and doesn't work with my OS X.

  • Why do you want a start menu on a Mac? I use the Dock to keep my most used Applications in and the rest I do CMD+Space which opens up spotlight and type in the name of my app then click enter to load it. IMO it is much faster then clicking on the 'start menu' and then looking for your application that way.
    – iProgram
    Mar 14, 2015 at 13:11
  • @aPyDeveloper Sometimes I don't want to use a keyboard. Mar 14, 2015 at 16:42
  • Ah, ok. Finder? (I am aPyDeveloper [changed name]). Also keyboard is quicker.
    – iProgram
    Mar 14, 2015 at 19:47
  • @iProgram I use Alfred. With that you can set up workflows so keywords open apps and/or actions.
    – chriszanf
    Nov 27, 2018 at 13:42

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This is an old thread, but for anyone looking for this, ActiveDock is the best i've found so far. Not perfect, but unfortunately uBar was just too buggy and missing some obvious features. This seems to be working better. https://noteifyapp.com/activedock/

  • have a look at my answer, hopefully you'll find my app useful
    – Lawand
    Mar 5 at 15:29

I have developed a Windows-style Taskbar for macOS, which will make window switch and multitasking much easier. Check it out :)


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You can try this, Start Menu for Mac OS X:

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  • Thanks, do you know whether it has any of the features mentioned in the question? I failed to find more details on the website. Dec 19, 2015 at 22:35

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