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SSS and Catalina

All versions
On a Catalina system an application must be registered in the "Input Monitoring" list in order to deal with input devices (like keyboard and mouse) while in background. As SSS monitors some hotkeys all the time it should be registered or it will not work otherwise.
To simplify the process Catalina will ask the user to register such an app. Here is a description of the same case with SSS. When SSS is launched for the first time a box with "Keystroke Receiving" title will appear.
  1. Choose the "Open system preferences" button. This will open System preferences - "Security & privacy" panel.
  2. Ensure the Privacy view is selected.
  3. Select the "Input monitoring" item.
  4. Unlock the Lock icon in order to enable the apps list.
  5. Select the checkbox next to SSS icon.
  6. If SSS is not already in the list you should click on the "+" button to add it manually.
  7. If SSS doesn't work - quit and relaunch it. If it doesn't work again - restart the computer.
If the user denies the "Keystroke Receiving" request, Catalina will not ask any more. So the user must register the app manually.
  1. Open System preferences panel and click on "Security & privacy" button.
  2. In "Security & privacy" panel ensure the Privacy view is selected.
  3. Select the "Input monitoring" item.
  4. Unlock the Lock icon in order to enable the apps list.
  5. Click on "+" button to show the "Open file" panel. Find and select our app, then click on the Open button.
  6. The app appears in the apps list. Ensure its checkbox is selected.
  7. If SSS doesn't work - quit and relaunch it. If it doesn't work again - restart the computer.

How to open the preferences panel when the menu icon is hidden

When the menu icon is removed from the menu bar extras, the preferences panel can still be opened:
  • Relaunch Simple Screen Shade (while it is already running in the background) from the Applications.

How to return the menu icon in menu bar extras

  • Open the preferences panel and select the General view.
  • Turn on the "Show app icon in menu bar extras" check box.

How to remove the menu icon from menu bar extras

Simple Screen Shade is able to hide its icon in menu bar extras. The picture below shows the effect of this feature:
  • Open the preferences panel and select the General view.
  • Turn off the "Show app icon in menu bar extras" check box.
Safety note:
In case the icon is hidden, please relaunch Simple Screen Shade (while it is already running in the background) in order to open the preferences panel.

If Simple Screen Shade fails to register in Login Items list

Uncheck the Automatically start option in the preferences panel.
Open Launchpad or Applications and click on System Preferences icon:
In System Preferences window click on Users & Groups icon inside System group:
In Users & Groups window select the preferred user - the current user in common case.
If Simple Screen Shade application is not listed in Login items click on "+" button:
In Select Application window navigate to Applications and select Simple Screen Shade:
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