Get Quick Access to Your Recently Closed Apps [Mac]

In the past I’ve shared TaskBoard, an app that brings iOS style multitasking to the Mac. However, I was never really satisfied using TaskBoard to access my recently closed apps, because it always seemed to get in the way of my Dock. I like to keep my Dock at the bottom of the screen and it interfered so much that I finally just stopped using the app.

This time I’m sharing a similar tool called AppsBar. It also adds an iOS-type multitasking functionality to the Mac via a launch bar. However, AppsBar displays your recently closed apps at the top of the screen, as opposed to the bottom. It also uses very few resources and does not engage the discrete GPU, so you won’t have to worry about it slowing down your computer.

Here’s how to get quick access to your recently closed Mac apps with Appsbar.

1. Download Appsbar from the Mac App Store. I happened to catch it when it was on sale for free, but it’s now priced at $2.99.

The AppsBar menubar icon.

2. When you open AppsBar, you will see its icon in your menubar. Clicking on the icon will open the launch bar and you will see your recently closed applications in the order in which they were last closed; less used apps will have a semi-transparent icon. Clicking on an icon will immediately open the app.

Click on this button to bring up AppsBar's settings.

3. Click on the icon on the far right side of the launch bar; it will look like 3 arrowheads pointing down. This will bring up AppsBar settings.

There are just three settings for AppsBar.

4. There are just three options to turn on/off: autostart at login, drag gesture, keyboard shortcut. Turning the drag gesture on will let you left click on the menubar and then drag down to open AppBar. Turning the keyboard shortcut on will let you use “Command + Option + B” to open AppsBar.

Click on the 'x' to remove apps from the launch bar.

5. If you want to remove an app from the launch bar, just click and hold on it until an “x” appears at the top right. Then click on “x” to close it out.

Just as AppsBar is much simpler than TaskBoard, it’s also easier to use and more convenient. You won’t have to worry about your Dock or anything else getting in the way. do you have a different way of accessing your recently closed apps on a Mac? Let us know in the comments below.