Frequently Asked Questions
- Butler never finishes starting up. What can I do?
- I don't have access to a "Customize configuration..." control anymore. How can I open Butler's main window to customize my configuration, to access my preferences, or to quit Butler?
- Butler's main window is too small to display all of its content or doesn't appear at all. The rest of Butler seems to work fine. How can I regain access to the main window?
- Is it reasonable to use Butler even though I don't need all of its features? (Is Butler bloated?)
- Why can't I drag Butler's menu bar items around in my menu bar? (Why are these not "true" menu extras?)
- Why is searching for abbreviations so much slower than in earlier versions of Butler?
- Can I launch several items at once?
- With the dock, I can launch files by dropping them on an application's icon. Is there similar functionality in Butler?
- I'd like to undo the latest changes I applied to my configuration. Is this possible?
- I used to be able to assign abbreviations by checking radio buttons in the abbreviations window. Where did those buttons go?
- Is there a way to automatically update dynamic contents, such as the system preferences list or external bookmarks?
- Why are there custom icons for some bookmarked web sites, but generic icons for others?
- There's a "Screen (n)" pop-up menu for several settings in Butler (e.g., hot corners). Why can't I choose a screen from that menu?
Try following these steps:
If that doesn't work, try this:
If it still doesn't work: email@example.com.
You can always bring Butler's main window to the front by double-clicking on Butler's application icon while Butler is already running.
Try deleting Butler's preferences file (at "/Users/your home directory/Library/Preferences/de.petermaurer.Butler.plist") while Butler is not running. Doing so will not affect your configuration.
Simply put, Butler's footprint would not differ significantly if it only had half the functionality.
There are ways to create such "menu extras" despite Apple's recommendations; but doing so requires patching the operating system. And that's something I just don't want to do.
Butler 4.0b23 has brought the possibility to search folders for abbreviations with infinite recursion. This change might have applied automatically to some of your "Folder" items. Please try limiting the level of recursion for those "Folder" items that don't require infinite recursion.
Most users use this feature for opening several bookmarks at once. Depending on your browser's settings, bookmarks will either open in separate windows or as tabs in the frontmost window. Non-bookmark items will launch by themselves (e.g. applications) or open in the application you specified in the Inspector.
If you want to force a non-enabled application to open the file in question, hold [option]-[command] while dropping the file on the menu bar icon.
Certainly, as long as you have not closed the Butler window yet. Just select the "Undo" menu item from the little wheel menu at the bottom left corner of Butler's main window. Or press [command]-[z].
They have vanished during a redesign of the abbreviations window. You can now assign abbreviations by selecting the appropriate menu item from the abbreviations window's context menu. To access this context menu, hold the [control] key and click on the item you want to manipulate. You can also use the right mouse button if your mouse has more than one button.
If you did not choose "always up-to-date" for entering abbreviations, the same applies to updating your abbreviations cache.
Butler displays custom icons (so-called "favicons") when all of the following requirements are met:
- The web site does specify such an icon.
- You have visited the site with Safari before you started Butler. Butler does not download favicons from the web; instead, it reads them from Safari's icons cache.
- The web site in question is directly bookmarked in Butler, not just listed by means of an external bookmarks alias (i.e., a "Browser bookmarks" Smart Item).
- You have not configured Butler to use "generic" web site icons in your preferences.
To ease future localization, the interface for multiple screens support has already been added to Butler. However, actual multiple screens support has not been implemented yet. Sorry.