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Editors' Review

Butler for Mac allows you to create a number of custom menus, shortcuts, and abbreviations for your Mac's desktop that speed up how you use your computer. From adding search interfaces to the menu bar to creating shortcuts that actually learn as you use your machine, Butler's goal is to make your Mac easier to use for you.


Wide range of customizations: Butler's customization options are plentiful. The file launcher is found in many other apps, but in Butler it learns from your uses and starts providing shorter and more accurate abbreviation support. Combined with a central bookmark manager, menu-based Web search, and extended clipboard so you can store multiple things at once, it's a very useful tool.

Fast and lightweight: In our tests, Butler had a minimal impact on performance or battery life. It sits in the background and only appears when the selected hotkeys were pressed. This made for a very interactive, but unobtrusive support tool.


Interface needs work: Built into Mac's preferences template, Butler doesn't look all that pretty when you open it to make adjustments. Finding specific options can be hard as well, and Help menus often look like blocks of text. It's not impenetrable, but it will take time to set up your shortcuts, initially.

Bottom Line

With the exception of the sometimes cumbersome menu, Butler is a fast, incredibly handy tool that offers a range of solutions to problems that you might have with your Mac. Combining the touch key tools that many other apps have into one solution, Butler is a must try for anyone who wants to be more efficient on their Mac.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Butler for Mac 4.1.17

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.23
On macOS Sierra, Butler's menu bar items no longer claim specific positions, because Butler can't guarantee those anyway. Instead, those menu bar items are just numbered sections, which you can command-drag to arrange them relative to your other menu bar items as you see fit.
Volumes Smart Items no longer list App Translocation volumes. (That's the thing where Gatekeeper makes new apps run from a random path for security reasons.)
Butler now ignores a folder's invisibility status when the folder is directly referenced via Folder Content Smart Item. So you can now list the contents of ~/Library, for example, even when Finder isn't configured to show it.
Publisher Many Tricks
Publisher web site
Release Date January 11, 2017
Date Added January 11, 2017
Version 4.1.23
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.22MB
File Name butler4123.dmg
Total Downloads 24,200
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $20
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