Launch AppStarter with Each Startup and set hotkey
After opening AppStarter, open the Preferences window, and activate “Launch AppStarter at startup” in the Preferences > General tab if you want to launch the AppStarter at every startup. Also you can set your own hotkey to open the AppStarter window.
Import and Export Configuration
Use the Export and Load commands in the Options menu to export or load your AppStarter configurations. The Export current configuration command stores all of your existing categories and app in a file, which you save to a given location. Then you can load the file to AppStarter at any time.Tip: Use these commands when updating your macOS version to a newer one.
Create Categories and set Application
You can create categories in either Preferences > Applications or in the main window.
• In Preferences, click Add (+) button at the bottom of the Categories list view. In the appearing new category sheet, enter the category name and its custom icon.
• In the main window, right-click an existing category and choose “New Category…” to bring up the new category sheet.
To set up Applications and Documents, go to Preferences and click Add (+) button at the bottom of the Applications list view.
Choose the type of item to add to the selected category. If you choose Application or Document, a file browser sheet will appear, where you can select multiple items to add.
To add a web page: simply select the web address in your browser address bar, and drag and drop it to the Applications view of the selected Category in the main window.
To resize AppStarter, just open it, and pull down the main window to detach from the menu bar and set the desired window size. After closing the detached window the AppStarter will appear with the new size.
You can also set the main window background color, the frame line color, and the text line color in Preferences > Appearance.
For any selected category, you can change its behavior and the color of its indicator light in the main window, under Preferences > Appearance.
How to use “Assign files” feature
If you are using a favorite application on a project involving many files, you can use AppStarter to open them with just one click. Choose your application and assign all the files you plan to use. When you launch the application, all the assigned files will be opened too.
Set Custom Category Icons
To use your own images as category icons, go to Preferences > Appearance and click “Set…”. A Finder window appears with an AppStarter folder. Copy all of your custom images into that folder. The New Category sheet will now include a Custom menu, where you can select your added images.