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What apps are on your homescreen, dock, and taskbar?

We talk a lot about the software we love and tools we use for work. What apps are so crucial you keep them on your homescreen or dock? And especially on mobile, do you change out your homescreen apps over the weekend or while on holiday?

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ignition_tom's avatar

Literally no apps on my home screen. I've put them all into one folder onto the 2nd tab and just use the iphone search to access apps I need. The dock has phone, browser, music, podcasts. that is it.

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@maguay (replying to @ignition_tom )
20d

Nice and clean!

Using the default apps for browser, music, and podcasts?

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@ignition_tom (replying to @maguay )
20d

No, I use chrome for browser (but admittedly safari is pretty good on iphone, Im just comfortable on chrome)

Deezer for music (high quality!)

Breaker for podcasts

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@maguay (replying to @ignition_tom )
20d

Ohh Deezer—been a while since I've seen that around. Think that may have been the first streaming app I tried.

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optemization's avatar

on macOS, i don't like using sidebars and docks. I pull up everything with shortcuts or Alfred. I have special shortcuts for:

  1. Pastebot: clipboard
  2. Cleanshot: screenshots/casts
  3. Toggl: time tracking
  4. Fantastical: calendar
  5. 1Password: passwords and autofill
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@maguay (replying to @optemization )
19d

Interesting! So you keep the dock hidden all the time, and don't edit the apps in the dock by default? I usually keep the dock small or hidden on MacBook-sized screens at any rate, though I love the old animation when you hover over icons, so keep that around for old times' sake.

Shortcuts make a lot of sense. I use Option+Cmd+S to open my "scratchpad" txt file for writing in iA Writer, and that's likely the shortcut I hit the most. Then I use Alfred to open everything else. Haven't added app-specific shortcuts for other stuff though. Did you add those with Alfred?

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@optemization (replying to @maguay )
18d

Did you add those with Alfred?

No just the native shortcuts that apps offer but I will installing something like Keysmith for custom ones!

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@maguay (replying to @optemization )
18d

Ohh that looks handy, I may have to try Keysmith as well!

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18d

A few favorites on my phone homescreen:

Halide for shooting manual focus photos.

4 writing apps, which is overkill: Notion for notes/projects/etc, Tot for quick notes, iA Writer and Ulysses to pick back up on writing work on the go.

Things for personal tasks.

1Password for logins.

A folder of work tools with Slack, Airtable, Google Docs, et al, and another folder of personal apps with banking, ridesharing, food delivery, and such.

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On macOS:
- Dock: not much, just Chrome, Slack, and Spotify - anything else I either open through a doc I'm working on or with Spotlight Search shortcut. Usually keep this hidden and small off to the left.
- Menubar: a lot more going on here; SkipTunes, Wallcat, 1Password, Magnet, Boom3D, One Switch, sometimes Setapp and iStat Menus (for CPU/GPU, Memory, Disks, Battery, and Time). I use Bartender to hide icons to keep most of those out of the way until I need them, though.

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@maguay (replying to @bencapiche )
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Ahh, cool to see a detailed list of menubar apps!

I hadn't seen One Switch before—that's a nifty idea, like an iOS control center for macOS.

With Boom3D, I used to use that when watching movies on the MacBook then would turn it off other times. Do you use it for all of your audio playback, or just when needing to boost the volume beyond the defaults?

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@bencapiche (replying to @maguay )
14d

Yeah, One Switch is pretty cool! Little things like Hide Desktop and Screen Clean are really small handy toggles to have. I thought the new Big Sur Control Center would replace it, but it's not quite the same.

I happen to use Boom3D all the time, but it's a little unstable, I think? Not sure how to quite describe it, but it seems like sound randomly bounces between BoomAudio, MacBook Pro Speakers, and External Headphones as a source when I have it activated, depending the app I have running. It's a weird thing but I really dig the equalizer for music and ability to boost beyond default max volume for movies.

If you haven't checked out SetApp before, it's pretty great and where I've downloaded a bunch of the apps I mentioned from.

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@maguay (replying to @bencapiche )
13d

Ahh interesting, that sounds similar to my experience with Boom, which is why I only turned it on for specific scenarios.

I've tried SetApp, but already had licenses or subscriptions for the core apps I'd have used from the bundle, so never ended up using it full time. I should check it out again though.

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Hi there,

First contribution here on Capiche, glad to jump in.

Phone

Regarding phone use, I have the same approach @ignition_tom has: absolutely nothing on my home screen. Quick access to search box > type a couple of letter > BOUM, you get what you need. Bonus: the 8 most recently used apps appear right under the search box. So your daily apps are just there.

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Don't even hide the single folder. It's there, no big deal, quite handy even: gives me quick access to a few apps.

Computer

Dock

Nothing in the dock, always hidden. Same approach as @optemization: Everything I need access to, I do it through (the one and only and almighty and tremendously powerful) Alfred.

Years go by, and I learn new ways of using Alfred everyday. It's powerful, always there, always fast. I paid a license years ago and I don't regret it. Worth every penny.

This is the weirdest thing with Alfred: I was kind of shy in the beginning, using it as a simple launcher. But then I slowly taught myself (and I still do) to use it differently. And it's amazing.

I'm no dev at all, so each new step, each new little task I learn, may seem ridiculous, but slowly saves me seconds, kind of goes as fast as my brain (the best feeling ever regarding software).

Taskbar

Nothing in it, except clock and, when needed, the dropbox appears (only when it syncs). Everything is hidden thanks to bartender (as many people do).

😅 That's about it!.

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@maguay (replying to @poirpom )
3d

Hey @poirpom, welcome! Excited you're here.

That's an incredible homescreen—love how clean it is, and the single folder is clever. Do you think you'll revisit it now that iOS 14 supports widgets?

I'm with you on using search by default, though in my case I started doing it on the Mac, and ended up leaning on search on the phone as I never took the time to organize all the sub-home screens. And ... it works. I should take the time to clean things up, but then again, our devices and software should just work and not require us to babysit them.

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