I have one document I need to reference often. It’s currently a Google Doc. I have it bookmarked so it’s not that big a deal to pull up when I need it. But it would be slightly more convenient if I just had an icon in the menu bar I could click that would reveal the document in an overlay.
Is there a tool that will do that? I could export the document as a local file instead of a web page if that changes the answer.
I second the vote for Fluid.app which can not only create a Single Site Browser (SSB) for just that page/doc, but it can also put it into the menu bar. It’s $5 but well worth it. I believe there’s a free trial too.
The standard Mac way is to put a link to the page in the Dock, not the menu bar. Go to the page of interest, click in the URL field to make the site’s icon appear, then drag that icon to the Dock (in the section where Downloads and Trash are, not where the apps are). See this longer explanation.
Of course, Apple isn’t the boss of you. Just because it wants you to use the Dock doesn’t mean you have to. But if you want to use the menu bar, you’ll have to use one of the third-party solutions above.
I’ve tried several apps that do this. XMenu, Hungrymark, Shortcut Bar, HighTop. I second XMenu which has already been recommended. It is the most responsive with the lowest system resource usage, and it’s free. It’s from the people who make DEVONthink, which is quite popular on this forum.
And, it will save you a gesture compared to the other ones, if you have a mouse and use it optimally. Bear with me here.
The way most people use the menu bar and right-click menus, is they click once to open the menu, then click again to select an option. But there is a much better way to use the menu. You click (or right-click), hold the mouse button down, hover over the menu item you want, and release the mouse to select it. One click, instead of two clicks. This works on most native Mac menus. And it works in XMenu. But it doesn’t work in the other three I mentioned.
Edit: I just tried MoofMenu. Had to, when I saw it was from the maker of IPSecuritas which is OG Mac software. MoofMenu gets my approval too for low system resources and one-click usage working correctly. Looks like a great app.
These are all great suggestions. But unless I missed it, they all look like they’re menubar shortcuts to the file but the file itself will still open in whatever its default application is. What I want is the menubar to have a pinned window that shows the contents of a file – a text file, rtf, etc. Not sure I saw that feature in these. (And maybe I’m not explaining it right anyway).