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?
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.
on macOS, i don't like using sidebars and docks. I pull up everything with shortcuts or Alfred. I have special shortcuts for:
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.
- 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.
First contribution here on Capiche, glad to jump in.
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.
Don't even hide the single folder. It's there, no big deal, quite handy even: gives me quick access to a few apps.
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).
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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