When you install Essentials, small icon appears on the menu bar. Click on it and set your basic preferences, such as what hot key would you like to use to show Essentials. Default is Ctrl + Space, and yes, you can change that. Our favorite is Shift + Command key (⌘) + E.
Now, default group is created, along with some default items. In groups list on the left side of the Essentials pad, you can either double click or right-click on the blank space to create new group. You can have as many groups as you like. When they reach bottom border of the window, you will notice scroll bar appear so you can easily access all of them. One of the most beautiful things about Essentials is that it displays right beneath your cursor when you hit the hot key. If you don’t like that option, uncheck it in the preferences. We find it quite helpful, especially when you’re lost amongst the windows on few Spaces.
You can customize several aspects of Essentials. Experiment with various icon and font sizes to make Essentials fit your taste. Or you can leave it for later, and just have fun after you create comfortable environment for your every day Mac-time. If you are more of an keyboard shortcut fan, you can customize it that way too.
Right-click empty space on the right part of the window and start adding items you prefer or you can easily drag/drop them from the Finder.
Double click on item activates it or opens it in its destination with Finder. Remember that inside this window you are on your territory, this is homeland. You can change item titles for the time being and yet they stay untouched on the disc. This are just the shortcuts.
Customize your groups by assigning them color of interest for fast viewing. After you choose one from 7 designated colors, you will find a small dot in front of the group title. Great thing for very special and very often used groups. If you like, you can switch between groups by keyboard: Command key (⌘) + 1 or 2 or 3 etc OR Command key (⌘) + up/down arrows OR Option key (⌥) + scroll.
Mark some important item titles just as you are used to on your Mac. Pick one of the 7 designated colors.
Especially great feature for Keyboard shortcut fans: press Command key (⌘) + scroll up or down while hovering over items OR groups – that will change their size. When you press Command key (⌘) + Alt (⌥) + scroll while hovering over item, you can resize item title. Great number two: hover on vertical border between groups and items and when you see it highlighted and small resize handle appears, you can pull it left or right.
You can really have it your way. Essentials is at your service to dress up as floating dock or special service pad. Just snap your fingers (in Mac language: press hot key) and here it is, just how you like it and where you need it. Drag/drop files on one of your application icon to open it.
Essentials can easily make your life more simple. It is your chance to customize it just the way you want it and save some precious time. Have some more quality time with your loved ones and doing things you like.
4. Organize some more
Here goes three quick&short favorites:
You can copy/paste and drag/drop text directly to Essentials.
You can copy/paste and drag/drop URL adress directly to Essentials.
You can drag/drop e-mail messages from Mail directly to Essentials.
You’re already holding this sentence that you copied from who knows where and you need to save it for later but you don’t know how and where you will need it. Easiest solution: invoke Essentials and paste it inside selected group. And forget about it until you need it. If you need some special bookmarks, drag/drop them in Essentials. On double click they’ll open in Safari or in your default web browser. Have instructions for project scattered all over e-mails and text files but you need to be efficient and collect just the essentials all in one place? Plant them in Essentials. You know the drill.
Lets say you forgot to select last two sentences from that article you already drag/dropped in Essentials. Now you’re holding that clipping and you hot-keyed Essentials and hovering above that text item you just put there a minute ago having that awww-man moment (best done by Ted in Scrubs at 0:19)…. You don’t want two text clippings, you don’t want any other unnecessary clicking, maneuvering and tampering about it, so the best solution would be if you could just quickly drop it on the first one. Yeah, well do it! Just drop clipping on existing text item and that text will be appended to it.
This one is very special to us; it allows you to write your own simple Terminal commands/scripts that act as droplets! You will find it so elegant and simple solution to numerous boring and exhausting long-lasting-same-old-do-it-again-till-you-can’t-no-more actions.
5. Go crazy
If you decided that some groups have priorities, after one hour sorting, naming and coloring them, no problem – press Command key (⌘) and drag your group where it should be. It’s your homeland, remember?
Same works for items. Don’t like the way they are sorted? Press Command key (⌘) and drag them around till you’re happy with their order. Sometimes we do it just for fun.