Setapp’s main window
Setapp was designed to be handy and comprehensive. Thus, after the installation is over, a neat catalogue window appears. It shows you dozens of applications grouped into intuitive categories. All of these apps are already yours and just one click away.
To reach Setapp’s main window again, simply click on the Setapp icon or use the Spotlight search.
Navigating through categories of apps
All categories are placed on the left-side pane of the Setapp window. The first category you see - All Apps - contains an entire set of applications available on Setapp. Just scroll the list in the center of the Setapp window to view all apps you own. For your convenience, we’ve ordered them by name.
You can move through categories to check the apps inside them - click a category to switch to it.
The On My Mac category contains all apps that are already installed on your computer.
When you click on an application, its preview appears on the right-side area of the Setapp window. A preview of an application gives you an idea about its purpose and design through screenshots, feature descriptions, and valuable links.
To see more screenshots, scroll them horizontally.
To read the app’s description, just scroll the preview down.
Note that every application that hasn’t been installed on your Mac has an arrow button next to its name in the list of applications. Click it to install the app and then see it changing to the stop button showing the installation progress. When the app is on your Mac, the button turns into the start button that opens your app.
Installing and opening apps
You can start download and installation of an application from Setapp by doing any of the following:
- Click on the app and then click the Install button in the lower right corner.
- Double-click the app.
- Click an arrow button next to the app name in the list of applications.
Usually, preparation for the first launch goes very quickly (you can see a progress bar at the bottom of the preview window). Anyway, you need the Internet connection to complete the installation successfully.
App icons and their indicators
When you install Setapp, numerous application icons appear in the most accessible locations on your Mac:
If you open the Setapp folder, you see that these icons have tiny indicators in their lower-right corner. For example:
Here are the meanings of these indicators:
|An app is not yet installed on your Mac, but a double-click on its icon opens a preview window (‘teaser’) of the app.|
An application has just arrived to Setapp. A double-click on the icon opens a teaser of the app.
|An app has been updated. Double-click on the icon opens the corresponding app.|
If you double-click on an icon with or indicator or open it in any other way, Setapp shows you a ‘teaser’ of the app.
A teaser is a neat preview window of an application. It gives you an idea about a purpose and design of the application through its screenshots, feature descriptions, and valuable links:
Clicking on the Open button of an application teaser starts the download of the corresponding app. Usually, preparation for the first launch goes very quickly (you can see a progress bar at the bottom of the teaser), but you need Internet connection to complete it successfully.
Previewing an application via Quick Look
If you want to learn more about the apps in the Setapp folder, you can also use the Quick Look functionality. It eliminates the burden of opening and closing multiple teasers that is usually associated with the necessity of previewing a set of apps.
Thus, to find out more about a number of apps without even opening their teasers, do the following:
- Select an app in the Setapp folder and press the Space bar.
- Scroll down and horizontally to view the app’s screenshots and read a detailed functionality description in a Quick Look window.
- Press Arrow keys to switch among app preview windows.
- When you finished previewing apps, you can either
- Close a Quick Look window by pressing the Space bar, or
- Click the ‘Open <appName>’ button in the upper right corner of the window to open the app’s teaser.
Finding a certain app or feature
Setapp's built-in search functionality looks through all descriptions and keywords of its apps to show you the app you need:
- Just open the Setapp Menu and start typing a name of the app or a function you'd like to use. You'll see the results immediately. Alternatively, you can press Control-Shift-Space to open Setapp Search from any app or window. You can change this shortcut in Setapp Preferences (Setapp Menu > Preferences).
You can also use the Spotlight search to find the application you need, just type in its name.
Bringing back removed or hidden apps
Even if you have removed some Setapp apps or hidden them, you might want to use them again one day. In this case, you'll need to do the following:
- Click the Setapp Menu icon and choose Restore Hidden Applications.
All applications that you have uninstalled or hidden earlier will appear in the Setapp folder.