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PortableApps.com Platform v16.0.1 Updated

billon on 11 Apr 2019
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Apr 2019
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com Platform is an all-in-one tool for portable software download, management and updating. An included launcher shows nested folders organized automatically by function or favorite status, as well as a cascading app view on right-click of the tray icon. The program's appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

Other tools include a find-as-you-type search functionality, available cloud installation, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, portable fonts, automatic application closing on shutdown and more. The program can also work with portable software outside of the PortableApps format (see Extract instructions).

Functional in 64-bit and WINE, includes broad language support and proxy support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the portable installer
  2. Options are provided to extract to the local PC, connected portable drives, cloud drives, and custom directories
  3. Launch Start.exe

To add non-PortableApps applications place the program in its own subfolder under the \PortableApps subfolder and press F5 or restart. The new app will appear in the launcher menu under Other.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, ASuite
What's new? See:
https://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
Latest comments
ihateyou on 2013-03-15 21:39

The PortableApps Platform has been updated (a few times) since this was last updated.
I believe the current version is 11.2 (also there is a version 12 beta, I think its Beta 2)

Please update this listing!

webfork on 2013-03-16 15:13

ihateu: checker got it

shnbwmn on 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).

https://portableapps.com/news/2018-05-09--keepass-professional-portable-2.39-released

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jPortable v8 Update 201 Updated

billon on 4 Apr 2019
  • 157MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Apr 2019
  • Suggested by Checker

jPortable (formerly Java Portable) allows you to easily add a Java runtime environment to your portable device. It can be used in combination with jPortable Launcher to open Java JAR programs (many with their settings made portable) or used automatically with Java-enabled apps like PortableApps.com versions of LibreOffice and OpenOffice as well as web browsers like Chrome/Chromium, Opera, SeaMonkey and Firefox.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware / Partially Open Source
How to extract: Download the EXE and install to the folder CommonFiles\Java relative to the applications that use Java. For example:
  • If you have installed LibreOffice to Z:\PortableApps\LibreOfficePortable, install Java Portable to Z:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Java
  • Similarly, if you have installed the Java Portable Launcher in Z:\PortableApps\JavaPortableLauncher, install Java Portable to Z:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Java
Java programs can be launched via batch files as well (thanks to user bro).
What's new? See:
https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/8u-relnotes-2225394.html
Latest comments
-.- on 2011-03-06 06:46

works with any java jar files too. Download the java launcher from portableapps to use it though since you need something to launch program with

SYSTEM on 2011-03-06 07:57

I've got jPortable working with X-LibreOffice as well. :)

E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib>dir /a
Volume in drive E is OHJELMAT
Volume Serial Number is A4D5-8D47

Directory of E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib

02.03.2011 20:19 <DIR> .
02.03.2011 20:19 <DIR> ..
30.01.2011 10:36 <DIR> 7za
02.03.2011 20:19 <JUNCTION> Java [E:\CommonFiles\Java]
0 File(s) 0 bytes
4 Dir(s) 12 645 406 208 bytes free

The trick is that E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib\Java is a junction that points to E:\CommonFiles\Java. This way the content of E:\CommonFiles\Java shows up in E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib\Java.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_junction_point

webfork on 2011-06-21 21:50

freakazoid: jPortable can work independently of PA programs, including muCommander and some others I've tested. I tried to edit the entry to help give some idea of how to make that work.

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Task Coach Portable v1.4.5 Updated

billon on 31 Mar 2019
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Mar 2019
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Task Coach is a simple todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and todo lists. It grew out of a frustration that most task managers do not provide facilities for several activities so Task Coach was designed to deal with composite tasks. In addition, it offers effort tracking, categories and notes.

Task Coach Portable includes a PortableApps.com format launcher to handle portablisation. X-Task Coach is also available from the download page.

Cross-platform (OS X, Linux, BSD and iOS) with synchronisation features available via the Funambol service.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "PortableApps Format" self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TaskCoachPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.taskcoach.org/changes.html

SyMenu v6.07.6972 Updated

billon on 2 Feb 2019
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Feb 2019
  • Suggested by SymoPd

SyMenu is a customizeable menu launcher that allows to organize and find your portable applications in a quick and easy way. Moreover, it can automatically link any application residing on host PC. Any linked item (SyItem) can be organized in a hierarchical structure with colorful folders and found with the internal search tool. The Standard for Portable Software (SPS) allows to install, update and remove the programs available in the SyMenu suites automatically, see more in Manual.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SyMenu.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Portable Start Menu, PortAL, Tray Launcher, PStart
What's new? See:
https://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx
Latest comments
UGMFree on 2016-04-20 07:17

Why do the dependencies include the administrator rights?
SyMenu can work with normal rights too. It can even work from read only supports or network paths.

MIKLO on 2016-07-31 14:00

After Avast showed a virus I then checked with Virus Total which gave an 8 out of 54 report as Trojan,key logger etc.
MIKLO

smaragdus on 2016-08-01 14:15

As of 2016.08.01 Windows 10 is not officially supported:
http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx

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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.7 Updated

billon on 22 Jan 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Jan 2019
  • Suggested by crownixx

QuickWayToFolders provides quick and easy access to a folder on your computer via a taskbar icon. The program window disappears when you click outside the window. Display modes include:

  • Desktop: Act like a mini-desktop, with small icons
  • Small Browser: very similar to Windows explorer in "details" view
  • Menu: Display folder content in a menu
  • Multiple Folders Menu: Display multiple folders content in a single menu (note that you must manually add them or nothing will appear when you click the icon)
In the "Menu" and "Multiple Folders Menu" settings, the program can act like a Program Launcher. Multiple instances of the program can be run with customizable icons and each entry is added to the taskbar.

To use the program as a root folder of a portable folder choose Options - Local path, then use a forward slash: "\". To set an image as a background place it in the application folder and set path as "image name.jpg" etc.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch QuickWayToFolders.exe
  3. Right-click the taskbar icon, select Options and uncheck "Launch at Windows Startup"
What's new?
  • Bug solved: application crash at application closing when an invalid path was reported (at app startup or config change).
Latest comments
TP109 on 2016-03-21 12:48

@thehop

Thanks, those are interesting apps. I really find ShortPopUp especially useful.

smaragdus on 2016-03-21 21:28

@billon
Better trust the executable. Softpedia also corrected the version number:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/QuickWayToFolders.shtml

Midas on 2016-05-24 11:17

The version discrepancy should be noted -- the changelog at http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/QuickWayToFolders/history.php stops at v1.3.4 ...

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Executor v0.99.32b Updated

billon on 21 Jan 2019
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jan 2019
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Executor is a program launcher and replacement for the Windows "Run" tool. It supports user-defined keywords, hotkeys for apps, auto-completion for keywords/file system/history, optional Vista-like results list, integrated calculator etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: MIT-license
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a blank file called executor.ini in the same folder
  3. Launch Executor.exe
What's new? See:
http://www.1space.dk/executor/vhistory.html
Latest comments
Carl on 2015-08-14 18:22

Thanks freakazoid but I am already using this version and nothing seems to fix my problem.It could be an option causing this freezing behavior.

Carl on 2015-08-16 11:30

Nevermind, I was not waiting long enough for the indexing to finish. It seems a bit longer with windows 10. Last 64 bits version work fine.

freakazoid on 2018-07-28 02:05

Yay, first official update in five years! Still my favorite launcher!

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XVA Assistant v0.10.2018.1215

billon on 17 Dec 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by smaragdus

XVA Assistant is a stylish launcher for programs, files and websites, organizing items into panels and folders. The program can reside either in task-bar next to start menu (Cool XVA-Button) or in sustem tray. The program supports skins (any BMP, JPG and PNG images) and two view modes: "View as Pad" and "View as Phone".

Other features include autostart, always on top, animation effects, minimize after launch, minimize on losing focus, hot key and more.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch XVA.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
What's new? See:
https://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/XVA-Assistant-Changelog-251045.html
Latest comments
Stroport on 2017-09-09 07:41

Good news, this app is interesting is there a place to post features suggestions ?

__philippe on 2017-09-09 11:28

Perhaps contact developer XuanYuan YuShun directly ?
Email: debuger@outlook.com

Belga on 2017-09-11 16:56

That's the best solution.
FYI, developer gives this answer related to keeping the enlargement of the window after reboot :
"I guess when the system shutdown, OS didn't give XVA enough time to save configuration files, so the windows size don't save correct, and I would optimize it in the next version.
You can use the temporary plan as follows:
1. Adjust the window size.
2. manually exit.
3. restart XVA."
It worked for me !

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Database Browser Portable v5.3.2.8

billon on 28 Oct 2018
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Database Browser allows you to connect to any database and browse or modify data, run sql scripts, export and print data. It works directly with Oracle, MS Sql Server, ODBC, MySql, OleDB, BDE, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS Sql Server Compact, Interbase, Firebird and MongoDB.

Database Browser Portable is packaged in PortableApps.com Format for use alone or with the PortableApps launcher.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE inside the ZIP package and extract it to a folder of your choice. Launch DatabaseBrowserPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.etl-tools.com/database-browser/history.html
Latest comments
ja on 2010-12-19 20:06

How do you work with a local MySQL file?

crab on 2011-01-23 20:56

Can't use SQL files directly, have to connect to a server. useless.

scottG on 2011-02-16 13:11

Just a clarification, this doesn't work "directly" with Oracle, MySQL or other DB, it requires an ODBC connection set up. If it worked "directly" with those it would connect to Oracle via TNSNames on (default) port tcp/1521 and for MySQL tcp/3306. It does neither.

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Simple x264/x265 Launcher v2.89

billon on 12 Oct 2018
  • 80MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by deathcubek

Simple x264/x265 Launcher is a lightweight front-end for the x264 H.264/AVC as well as the x265 H.265/HEVC encoder, based on the Qt toolkit. It uses the 64-Bit version of x264 with the 32-Bit version of Avisynth. That lets you use 32-Bit Avisynth plug-ins (e.g. DGDecodeNV) and still benefit from the speed improvements of 64-Bit x264. Optionally you can also use 64-Bit Avisynth, which is still considered experimental, if desired, as well as x264's built-in LAVF/FFMS input.

Includes full batch encoding support for running several encoding jobs in parallel.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies:
  • Avisynth input only available with Avisynth 2.5+ installed
  • YV16/YV24 color spaces require Avisynth 2.6
  • VapourSynth input only available with VapourSynth R19+ installed
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Rename x264_launcher.exe into x264_launcher_portable.exe
  3. Launch x264_launcher_portable.exe
What's new?
  • Updated x264 to revision 2935 (API v157), x265 to version 2.9+1, build environment to Visual Studio 2017 with Update-8.
  • Improved initial window size on the "High DPI" screen.
Latest comments
siegfried on 2015-10-17 15:33

Sorry, errata corrige (info's missing here on portablefreeware): you can avoid the user's %localappdata% folder entries renaming "x264_launcher.exe" into "x264_launcher_portable.exe".

Checker on 2015-10-17 16:01

@siegfried: Thanks ... and changed ;)

mukhi on 2017-03-27 04:21

Symantec Endpoint Protection is detecting netc.exe as a risk, and quarantining it.

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Qsel v2.26

billon on 26 Aug 2018

Qsel is a flexible program launcher with categories and icons. It supports easy configuration of launcher items via drag-and-drop.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Qsel.exe
  3. Optionally, right-click on the window and select "Keep Window opened?" to keep Qsel around after you launch an application
What's new?
  • Run as Administrator (triggers UAC prompt):
    • occasional: hold Ctrl+Shift & click
    • always: see configuration, "run" picklist (at bottom).
Latest comments
horst on 2012-09-14 06:49

@Shadeclan: Maybe your virus scanner software makes a full scan of all exe files when the menu is displayed, although the files are just opened to pick the icon. (I had the same problem when I used "MS Essentials" for a while.)

Midas on 2012-09-14 15:58

I'm having the same problem with another launcher, and horst explanation seems pretty accurate to me...

Napiophelios on 2015-03-15 16:22

I have used this program for a long time and I really like it;
I have always used it to launch programs,
but recently I have been using it to launch shortcuts to folders
and 2 out of 3 times that I do it,it crashes explorer.

Has any one else had this happen?

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Quick Cliq v2.1.1

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Quick Cliq is an application launcher and productivity tool that provides quick access folders, files, programs, links and command-line operations as well as window management, clipboard manipulation and text "memos". The compact menu can be displayed anywhere via keyboard shortcut or mouse gesture, even within applications.

A video preview is available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Quick Cliq.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed many Windows 10 compatibility issues.
  • Other minor fixes/improvements.

Portable Start Menu v3.5

billon on 6 Apr 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Portable Start Menu is a program launcher that allows you to organize your programs via a simple menu system and launch them through a tray icon. If you are running from an USB memory stick, Portable Start Menu can be configured to automatically close all launched applications when it terminates.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch psmenu.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ASuite, PStart, SyMenu
What's new?
  • Improved:
    • Better compatibility with 32/64bit system when starting certain applications.
  • Fixed:
    • Program icons were not displayed under certain circumstances when scaling was larger than 100%;
    • Entered applications could not be launched on some systems;
    • Ejecting an USB stick could cause the error message "Missing file psmstart.exe".
  • Smaller fixes/improvements.
Latest comments
starshakur on 2017-04-05 12:36

There's no 64-bit version...

billon on 2017-04-06 02:50

@starshakur, @Orca:
because it's work on 64-bit
there are psmstart32.exe for launching 32-bit programs and psmstart.exe - for 64-bit

starshakur on 2017-04-06 16:56

psmstart.exe may be essential to launch 64-bit applications (psmenu.exe doesn't start with either missing), but that doesn't change the fact that psmenu.exe is a 32-bit application.

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LiberKey v5.8.1129

SYSTEM on 1 Aug 2016
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by opendev

LiberKey is a portable launcher that serves as a gateway to prepackaged portable apps available in the LKS format (basically 7Zip archive with a particular directory structure). It works just as well for non-LKS apps, and comes with a whole suite of other functions including portable file associations, portable desktop shortcuts, and online updates of LKS applications.

The launcher itself is flexible with right-handed quick launch bar and supports tabs, categories, smart search etc. Includes a floating quick launcher that you can pin to the desktop.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch LiberKey.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, PortableApps Platform
What's new? 2014/11/10 - LiberKey 5.8.1104
  • Improved, Portabilizer: .NET framework detection
  • Improved, Portabilizer: Use the x86 version of an application when the x64 version is missing
  • Fixed, Menu: Various bug fixes
  • Added, LiberKey: Breton translation [br-FR] Thank you Diloar (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Macédonien translation [mk-MK] Thank you mite71 (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (cyrillique) translation [sr-Cyrl-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (latin) translation [sr-Latn-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Arabic (Tunisia) translation [ar-TN] Thank you Trabelsi Youssef
  • Updated, LiberKey: German translation [de] Thank you Paul Bichler
  • Updated, LiberKey: Hungarian translation [hu-HU] Thank you Juhász Sándor
  • Updated, LiberKey: Italian translation [it] Thank you Maurizio Ballo
  • Updated, LiberKey: Dutch translation [nl-NL] Thank you Ralph Langendam (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Russian translation [ru-RU] Thank you mrBG et askras (new contributor)

2014/11/15 - LiberKey 5.8.1114
  • Added, LiberKey: Slovak translation [sk-SK] Thank you kamilpolner (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Romanian translation [ro-RO] Thank you Adrian (new contributor)

2015/11/30 - LiberKey 5.8.1129
  • Fixed, Portabilizer: .NET framework version detection
Latest comments
rogerthedodger on 2012-07-21 02:01

guess thats an advantage, if theres any, of using adaware.

doudoudidou on 2012-08-06 10:24

I use LiberKey for years and I never had any problems. This platform is currently the best. There are jealous ...

smaragdus on 2016-07-31 23:13

I did a brief testing of LiberKey version 5.8.1129 (only the launcher, not the suite) and my first impressions are very good- it is a well-designed, flexible, solid program with a nice set of features.

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Hoekey v1.22

webfork on 22 Dec 2015
  • 51KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by nevemark

HoeKey lets you assign most keys on your keyboard to various different actions. You can use it to run programs, control window actions, create and run aliases, hide/unhide windows, or even use it as a portable launcher.

Configuration is done in a text file access by Edit Config.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Download the the latest version of HoeKey from the homepage and overwrite the existing HoeKey.exe file
  3. Launch HoeKey.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Clavier+, X-HotkeyP, Slickrun, TyperTask, HotKeyz
What's new?
  • Added %z in strings to get current directory of first selected file (%Z for url-encoded).
  • Fixed not copying first char of define.
Latest comments
BGM on 2015-11-02 15:54

Oh - forgot - with HoeKey you also get a little panel that lists all of the hotkeys you assigned. That's really handy.

freakazoid on 2015-11-02 18:11

This used to be one of my favorite programs back in the day! :)

webb on 2015-11-03 04:01

It's now at version 2.0

Add string aliases, *foo=something to define, ~N=MsgBox|Some text:%{foo} to use.
Add SetBrightness command. e.g. ~N=SetBrightness||Absolute Value (0-100)|Relative Value (-100 - 100). Requires Vista or newer.
Remove RunAlias command.

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Splat v1.1.8

Midas on 4 Mar 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by Checker

Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) allows you to build profiles that can launch or close programs and services. Supports drag-and-drop, hotkeys, process priority, and includes the ability to open specific files, folders, URLs, and even other Splat profiles. The program can aggressively close (kill) applications that may not shut down normally or add delays of time, CPU usage, or whether the previous program has closed yet.

Great for a computer startup sequence that won't slow down your computer or for switching between different separate program groups (such switching from a view all your financial programs, data, and files to all your photo/video editing tools)

Category:
System Requirements: Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Splat.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Lacuna Launcher
What's new?
  • Added the ability to create a profile shortcut in your startup folder. Right-click a profile and choose the option from the menu.
  • Fixed: Context menu did not work for reordering profiles.

a023.gif Applause for "Best new portable freeware of 2015" !
Latest comments
webfork on 2015-01-18 22:43

I very quickly integrated this into the startup sequence on both of my main machines. Great to get multiple portable software up and running in a system-friendly way.

Midas on 2015-01-19 13:16

Thanks, webfork. Your comment made me realize that Splat can be used as a start-up manager... duh!

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GUIPro PortAL v1.5.0

I am Baas on 8 Dec 2015
  • 166KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jun 2015
  • Suggested by I am Baas

PortAL is lightweight launcher based on hotkeys, menus, and system tray icons. Note that all of PortAL configuration is based on a single XML file which contains the list and the organization of applications.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCR90.DLL MSVCP90.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract / (un)7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Move img folder from $_OUTDIR to doc folder
  3. Delete $PLUGINSDIR and $_OUTDIR folders
  4. Launch PortAL.exe

Note: To extract the 64-bit version too, choose "Auto Rename" (u) when prompted. The 32-bit executable is smaller in size.
What's new?
  • Addition of a skin system.
  • Addition of the event attribute.
  • Addition of the variables section to define internal variables.
  • Addition of the clipboard variables.
  • Addition of the %config% variable.
  • Improvement of the file notification system.
  • Fix memory leak when reloading the configuration.
  • Avoid error when a percent character is not forming a variable.
  • Avoir error when loading a config file with an empty group.

Full changelog at https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/releases.
Latest comments
Shadeclan on 2015-07-03 17:22

Current PortAL version is now 1.5 as of 22 Jun 2015.

Although I am not the developer, I've been doing some user testing for him and I might be able to help some of you with issues.

veyselcelik: I looked at the message you posted and that comes up when the configuration file has an error. You might try restoring the default file and see if the message goes away.

Proteanic: The app icons are appearing just fine in my configuration. You may want to go out to the Obsidev/GUIPro Issues section of GitHub and report the problem - the developer may be able to resolve your problem. Personally, I find that explicitly pointing to the icon in the config file usually takes care of any issues of that sort.

A friend of mine wanted to try PortAL but couldn't get it to run. The current version of PortAL needs the Microsoft Visual Studio Redistributable package installed to work (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784) but the developer has agreed to compile the necessary binaries into the installation package so that users should not need to install the Re-distro package in the next release.

The developer has added the ability to create user-defined variables inside the configuration file, which has been a big convenience for me. He has also created some cool new skins which can be changed within the PortAL tag in the config file, along with the ability for users to make their own skins. A local help file which explains how to configure PortAL is not included in v1.5 but will be included in the next release. Until then, you can find configuration help here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/wiki/PortAL-Configuration

I discovered a few issues during user testing which will be fixed in the next release. My user testing notes can be seen here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/issues/13. The developer is very responsive - feel free to give observations, report bugs or make comments in the obsidev / guipro issues section of GitHub.

Checker on 2015-07-03 18:33

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)

webfork on 2015-07-03 19:34

Shadeclan: Thanks for the data. See response in forums.

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Pretty Run v8.2.0.6

webfork on 8 Apr 2016
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2015
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Pretty Run is a powerful keystroke-based program launcher and search tool. It searches the start menu, desktop or any other folder for the shortcuts or files that meet your query. More than that, Pretty Run allows searching Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox and Chrome bookmarks, Control Panel items, Printers, mp3 files (by tags), jpg files (by exif data), databases, clipboard and on the internet (more search engines can be added to those already included).

Program also includes screen capture tool, Magic Words, a note manager, etc.

Note: To help compensate for drive letter changes that happens with removable drives, use the %PrettyRunDrive% environment variable.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract the file prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Use Universal Extractor on this file, saving to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor
  5. Under [Options], add the following line:

    Portable=1

  6. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
What's new?
  • Added engine to search GDrive.
  • Added engine to search OneDrive.
Latest comments
oblivion on 2014-03-12 11:45

Interesting, effective, but slow.

An option to limit folder recursion might help (you can say %PrettyRunDrive%\portableapps -- for instance -- but the scan subfolders option is going to make PrettyRun go to a lot of unhelpful places, whereas if you could restrict it to just one subfolder down, it might be faster.

The MP3 tag search is also quite slow.

It's not the most intuitive to set up, either.

FindAndRunRobot (from www.donationcoder.com) has a similar philosophy to this but is much, much faster (despite also taking a similarly non-indexed approach) and has a lot more functionality, too.

Midas on 2014-06-02 11:13

Pretty Run changelog hasn't been updated since v6.1.0.17 (http://www.pretty-software.com/prettyrunhistory.txt)...

Ganamyde on 2014-06-04 04:15

Avoid-ware.
Installs adware and spyware in background.

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μStart v1.5.3

webfork on 7 Dec 2014
  • 148KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Replika

uStart is a lightweight, minimalistic program launcher with a small program size and limited features (no drag and drop) but a very small program size.

Note: Although the homepage is in German, the program is in English.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch uStart.exe.
What's new? fixed some bugs in configuration and UI
Latest comments
hK on 2008-08-26 13:03

I replaced my U3 Launch-thingie with this. I've been a happier man ever since.. :)

PSquid on 2010-10-20 10:03

@a: "Most content of this web site is or will be in english language."
No need to use Google translate or anything like that.

Midas on 2012-11-13 14:34

Lean and mean x32 tray menu launcher, let down only by the lack of further development (seemingly ended in 2010) and drag'n'drop support -- uStart is a single 78 KB executable, and IMHO it's on par with PStart. Recommended.

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Launcher v2.1.0

webfork on 17 Oct 2014

Launcher is a personal shortcut manager that can launch files and programs. In "Manage Items" mode, it is possible to configure shortcuts by dragging files from an Explorer window and then dropping them into Launcher. Supports an unlimited number of user-defined subfolders and item shortcuts.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Edit muc.ini to read:

    [Misc]
    DataAccess=app

  4. Launch one of the following based on your OS:
Win9x - NT: Launcher_32b_W9xNT4.exe
Win2000 and above (32-bit): Launcher_32b_W2K.exe
Any 64-bit: Launcher_64b_W2K.exe
What's new?
  • Some important bug fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
mehtuus on 2008-06-02 01:55

It should be noted that if you do not change the *default* settings for "Always show in system tray" (Preferences...>Miscellaneous), the program will add to your registry:
============================================================
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-981525854-1381673208-3913934247-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"
============================================================

Upon closing, Launcher seems to always check your registry. If the box IS checked it will make sure that the above is in your registry. If the box is NOT checked it will make sure that the above is not in your registry.

P2011 on 2011-08-28 16:08

PStart is so much more portable, simple and focused to the task.

prizm1 on 2011-11-12 17:38

Portable Application Launcher includes all the features this launcher has plus many, many more.

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AutoStart v1.0.0.59

webfork on 13 Jun 2014

AutoStart creates an icon in the system tray for each external memory device connected to the system. Right-clicking on this icon opens a context menu that allows you to conveniently perform various related functions (explore, search, eject, properties).

Left-clicking opens the drive in Explorer by default but the default application can be specified in the "shell" parameter of AUTORUN.INF. AutoStart also comes with a rudimentary launcher that is functional if you have a small number of applications stored on your memory stick. It can also be made work with a portable launcher like PStart.

Note: Main download site is offline -- pointing to Softpedia mirror.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the single EXE file to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch AutoStart.exe

    Optionally, right-click on the icon in the system tray to bring up the content menu, and you will be given the option to copy AutoStart (and an autorun file) to your PC or USB memory stick.
Latest comments
Ryan McCue on 2006-11-30 01:35

I wouldn't call the the launcher "rudimentary". It works great and I actually find it better than other menus.
It is only supposed to be the underlying code though, with the Launchpad extension coming soon.

Sugeng Wigiyantoro on 2008-02-15 20:57

I like to try and download free software. In this site i can take many free software. Thank you...

Midas on 2014-03-18 16:18

Still available from Softpedia. Tested, works as expected. Shame about the lack of Unicode support, but still extremely handy.

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Unlocker v1.9.0

webfork on 26 Apr 2016
  • 112KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Unknown

Unlocker Assistant helps unlock files locked by operating system permissions or other issues. The program automatically launches if you are trying to delete/rename/move a file that is locked. When not in use, it stays in your system tray bar. Additionally, individual locked files and folders may be drag-and-dropped onto unlocker.exe.

Alternatively, Unlocker Portable (beta) is a launcher-only version of Unlocker.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: Freeware (see website to donate)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Select a folder based on your operating system (how to determine if you are x86 or x64)
  3. Launch UnlockerAssistant.exe or drag locked files onto unlocker.exe
Similar/alternative apps: FileASSASSIN
Latest comments
bankr on 2013-09-25 16:58

Sorry. Last portable version is definitely 1.9.0 (according to author).
I'm using 1.9.2 and posted about it mistakenly as it works for me.

olliebean on 2015-08-23 18:21

Is this still available? I clicked on the portable download from the website, which redirected me to a download site, which redirected me to another download site... about half a dozen sites later with no download in sight, one of them finally tried to get me to download and install a dodgy "Download Software Manager" app. I gave up at that point.

webfork on 2015-08-23 19:22

olliebean: confirmed. Switching download link to point to softpedia.

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Portable Application Launcher v3.1.12.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Portable Application Launcher organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It's accessed via the system tray or user-defined hotkeys. Several styles and some languages are included. It can also be used as a portable desktop. PAL is capable of automatically installing PortableApps.com Format (PAF) applications, as well as many entries here on PortableFreeware. An included browser for downloading apps can be used with Universal Extractor and a simplistic updater module.

The program includes several extras not included in other launcher programs including favorites bar, "most-used apps" menu, file manager &amp; search, simple RSS &amp; iCal readers, timer, and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Note: Main site currently offline. Linking to Softpedia (thanks Baas).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Launch.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Launchx64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • 64bit-Version included.
  • Plugin: Heatmap (Java).
  • Spanish translation updated.
  • Improved Truecrypt support.
Latest comments
abc on 2013-01-20 19:45

Unfortunately the website and download links are not accessible: "403 Forbidden" and "404 Not found" errors.

ahaider7 on 2013-04-05 10:01

This is THE BEST portable launcher I have found so far with tons of features and customizations. Sadly, it looks like development has been discontinued. The website is down and there hasn't been an update since long :(

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Famulus v1.00.5b

smaragdus on 7 Feb 2017
  • 760KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dmg

Famulus is a simple file and application launcher, and Windows Run replacement. Press and hold the numpad * key for a fraction of a second to bring up a text prompt. Type a predefined custom command and hit the Enter key to run an associated file, folder, application or website.

Written in AutoHotkey.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Famulus.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Run-Command
What's new?
  • Fixed two significant bugs in how the activation key works.
Latest comments
Cornflower on 2012-04-06 13:58

I added the commands famulus and "famulus ini" to manually add/edit commands and settings (and use the mouse less). This is a great find. Thanks, dmg.

guinness on 2012-05-24 23:15

@loner - How many times do we have to tell you, don't flood the comments section with irrelevant comments. Use the Forum please.

Cornflower on 2019-02-14 10:29

For those interested, I continue to use Famulus on Windows 10, both Home and Corporate editions.

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TrayLauncher v2.6.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

TrayLauncher is a program launcher that stays in the system tray helping you access your files and/or programs much faster. It also features a powerful "Run" dialog box and keyboard support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download TrayLauncher.zip full package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TrayLauncher.exe.
What's new? [2012-05-19] v2.6.0
new release with xml format(using pugixml), to support more features. New features will be added if no bugs found in xml release.

[2012-02-12] v2.5.2
[TrayLauncher]
Added : display language version in language menu.
Added : updated default command example.

[2012-01-05] v2.5.1
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : run dialog position not saved on system shutdown or user logout.

[2012-01-03] v2.5.0
[TrayLauncher]
Added : run dialog match command name not only (but prefer) from beginning.
Added : run dialog try to execute when user click enter.(the list refreshes on each type, may be improved later.)
Added : remember run dialog position in setting file.
Added : new command line --sid=<session-id>, --ini=<setting-file>, for running multiple instances.
Fixed : do not disable the menu item any more if run failed, could be a UAC cancel.

[2011-12-15] v2.4.2
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : Holding Ctrl to run as admin should work for mouse click too.
Fixed : error message not displayed if cancel run as admin in run dialog.
Fixed : files not listed if directory has variables in run dialog.
Fixed : error while run non-executable file in run dialog.
Added : vs2008 project file.
Added : remove history if run command failed.
Added : type ":exit" to exit traylauncher.

Latest comments
dZon on 2010-11-11 22:15

Really good for me ! Freeware, Open Source, Light, customizable... I like it for my portable applications. I'm waiting impatiently the gui editor. Thanks Chao !

TP109 on 2012-05-20 18:46

Responsive and light on resources. However, there is no one-click feature to easily remove entries from the interface.

Shadeclan on 2012-06-01 15:00

My Win XP installation has toolbar problems - the toolbars take upwards of 15 seconds to initialize and often need to reinitialize during the day; probably some strange conflict with my antivirus software. To compensate, I've been looking for a good application launcher that allows me to group / subgroup the shortcuts and I think I've found it with Tray Launcher.
It takes very little time to initialize on my system and the menus always come up instantly, unlike some other application launchers I've tried. The skin functionality is attractive - I liked the "Office" skin particularly - and creating custom skins or changing existing skins appears to be very straightforward, although the documentation is somewhat incomplete. The provided menu editor does take some getting used to and the hotkey functionality seems to have some issues (I'm using HotKeyP and there may be some sort of conflict) but otherwise, this is just what I've been looking for.
If you try this program and are also having problems with the HotKeys, set up a hotkey or shortcut that simply calls the app. This duplicates the "ShowMenuAtMouse" functionality.
As of 01 Jun 2012, the documentation needs a lot of updating but the creator of the app is very much on top of maintaining it and has told me that he will be revising it soon.
Tray Launcher is a work in progress but is already a solid and attractive app and is very much worth using, especially if you're having the same problems with toolbars as I do.

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Porta'Menu v1.0.4.1

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

Porta'Menu is a small menu launcher that supports relative paths for portable use. You can arrange the menu items in any order, as well as categorize them under different program groups. It has an optional anti-virus/spyware feature to check an EXE against its hash signature for changes and/or tampering before launch.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware (Donations Accepted)
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PortaMenu.exe.
Latest comments
Homer on 2010-08-03 11:53

That is a good hint 1way. But is there a trick to make it launch a web address?

1way on 2010-08-03 14:34

Sure Homer. For portability I use Browzar for private trackless surfing, put this in your .bat file: browzar http://www.1way.ws If you want to use Internet Explorer use: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.1way.ws (I'm using XP, if you use a different OS adjust the path to IE accordingly, the downside is the link then becomes OS dependent.)

Homer on 2010-08-11 13:20

Thanks 1way. It works well provided that the browser is in Porta'Menu's foder.

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Cherbox v2.6

webfork on 14 Sep 2017
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 2011
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Cherbox (formerly BBox) unites several different components including a program launcher, file organizer, as well as bookmark management and password manager tool. The window allows you to organize elements into drag-and-drop categories and hierarchical grouping to reduce clutter.

Note: The program has an internal password generator and can be password-protected.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CherBox.exe.
What's new?
  • fixed bug: “Underline” setting invalid
  • Added support docs
Latest comments
Midas on 2011-11-07 14:46

@CB13RY: from my quick checking, it seems that if you run the portable version once, it creates a 'Settings.ini' file in the application folder; you can edit this file with any text editor to change the paths included -- I was able to change from absolute path to filename only...

Midas on 2011-11-07 14:47

BTW, current version is now 2.3 -- please update.

lautrepay on 2011-11-08 01:29

@Midas: Updated, thanks.

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Lacuna Launcher v1.0.0

webfork on 20 Nov 2015
  • 462KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Dec 2008
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Lacuna Launcher uses a single shortcut with a list of files to open all at once. Applications (.exe), shortcuts (.lnk), internet shortcuts (.url), images, music, movies, etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware (Donationware)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Open the included list.txt file in a text editor and make a list with the paths to files you want to open, placing one per line (no limit)
  3. Launch ll.exe
Programs start in the same order that they appear in the list

Note: Command-line options are available to give you more control over timing of the launches and the ability to create multiple lists and specify which you would like to use. To launch files with command line parameters, create a shortcut with the parameters set, and use the path to the shortcut file (.lnk) in the list, instead of a direct path to the application.
Similar/alternative apps: Splat
Latest comments
jonezrin on 2012-05-10 14:38

Been using this app for a few years and it's great. I work part time at 3 different jobs and have a list created for each office. Run the appropriate command line first thing in the morning and all the programs/files I need for the day are loaded and ready to go.

Joe on 2015-02-02 14:35

A good simple alternative to Splat if you are only interested in launching programs.

You can create separate lists for programs you want to launch together, e.g. one for office work, one for graphic design, etc, etc. You can create a list of all your favorite programs and make them start with Windows. Does not remain open or resident in memory once all programs are launched.

Altogether a very useful program.

Tested and works in Windows 8.1 x64 too.

TP109 on 2015-11-17 01:33

Very useful and simple tool for launching programs, opening folders, URLs, etc. with a shortcut. Launch lists use a text file so it's super easy to modify lists quickly and easily with the default txt editor.

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8start Launcher v3.0 Updated

billon on 8 Mar 2019
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by Andy Goh

8start Launcher is an application launcher that organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It can be accessed via the system tray, user-defined hotkey or middle mouse button, and helps to keep your desktop clean. It is fully-skinnable with transparent PNG support.

NOTE: Website is down, linking to Archive.org.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 8start.exe.
What's new?
  • Drag and drop feature added. You can add in the button easily by drag the icon from Desktop, Start Menu, Windows Explorer and even Browser.
Latest comments
koresh on 2011-11-27 19:38

Hello everyone:) Sorry for my English.
Download link leads to http://www.8start.com/help-launcher.htm
And if you click "download", then download the setup file.
Link to zip and instruction - "3 ways to install 8start Launcher in your flash drive" at the bottom of the page.
Amusingly.

olliebean on 2019-03-08 16:29

The links are broken, but the app is still available from https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/8start_launcher.html amongst other places.

olliebean on 2019-03-08 16:55

Sorry - regarding my previous comment, the version available from that link is the installer, not the zip package. But the program can be extracted with Universal Extractor, and is portable and stealth as far as I can tell.

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Svift v1.1

joby_toss on 7 Dec 2014

Svift is a lightweight application launcher. Type a few letters to find applications on your Start menu or access online services such as search and email.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Svift.exe.
What's new? v1.1

By popular request from Svift users under Windows 7, the shortcut key has been changed from Win+Space (which conflicted with Aero Peek) to Win+Enter.
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2011-04-18 05:08

It appears that you can't. It's a simple launcher that parses your Start Menu. Can configure some websites as well, but that appears to be it.

Emka on 2014-12-06 14:32

links broken

Midas on 2014-12-07 15:48

Site and download links have been removed by author.

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minipad2 v3.2.0 Build 101128

smaragdus on 18 Mar 2017
  • 420KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Nov 2010
  • Suggested by tryforsure

minipad2 integrates many useful functions into one program including notepad, calculator, reminder, dictionary, launcher, address list, text template, and clipboard enhancement. All the contents are automatically saved while minimized or closed, and will re-open to the same state. The program can be freely switched between two styles: multi-page style and treeview style. When no longer used, it can be minimized to the system-tray, or hidden outside the desktop. Additional features include password protection and encryption.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch minipad2.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Flashnote, MemPad, The Guide
What's new? Entry updated to include password protection and encryption.

v3.2.0 Build 101128:
Changed again the design of the mini-note window. Now use @xxx to input the title.
Allows to re-define the accelerators of various menu items.
New Options: Remember page scroll; Tree on right; Splitter width; Close note hotkey; Auto-record hotkey; Multi-clipboard: Filter all duplicate items;
Add "Apply" button in the Options dialog.
Add "Match Case" option in the "Search" dialog.
Add two new text tools: Delete all empty lines; Leave one empty line.
Add some new counts in the "Statistics" box.
Alt+Up, Alt+Down: Used to move the selected item up or down (when the list has focus. Only support single-select), or move the selected node up or down (When the tree or tab-control has focus).
Upgraded the language files of v3.1.
Fixed some bugs.
Latest comments
singularity on 2011-02-11 13:58

I tried to use the included tool "dicsorter" but i god an error about a missing .bpl file. any idea?

Nh on 2012-10-27 11:35

@ChemZ: you should try
Tools \ Options... \ Log In
and check "Login with password".

joby_toss on 2015-03-28 08:34

Alternative download page from SP (can't reach the homepage):
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Office-suites/minipad2.shtml

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Launchy v2.5

Checker on 28 Dec 2015
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Apr 2010
  • Suggested by blaumag

Launchy is a keystroke-based program launcher. It indexes the shortcuts in the start menu and other user-specified folder, and attempts to match the partial substring you enter with the list of items in its index. When you run Launchy, it is completely hidden. You activate it by pressing [Alt-Space], and dismiss it by pressing [Esc].

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch Launchy.exe
What's new?
  • Added Simon Capewell as a developer. This release owes quite a lot to him.
  • Faster performance.
  • Icons displayed correctly.
  • Environment variables updated correctly when system changes.
  • Controly includes more items.
  • New shortcut keys.
  • New controls:
    - Shift+tab or Shift+bkspc deletes previous tab.
    - Shift+Ctrl+Enter launches in elevated mode (Vista and Win7).
    - Down arrow shows history (when there is no current search text).
  • Default skin built into executable in case no other skin is found.
  • Down arrow.
  • Launchy now has an icon in the system tray.
  • Skins are simplified and easier to create.
Latest comments
Mike.S.G. on 2010-04-06 22:18

It looks as if Lupo's UniExtractor (1.6) is having troubles with the latest Launchy executable v2.5.

"Signature detected: Inno Setup Setup Data (5.3.8)
This is not directly supported, but i'll try to unpack it as version 5306
; Version detected: 5308
Unpacking failed. This version is not supported."

Mike.S.G. on 2010-04-07 03:50

This is how I fixed the problem...

I use Lupo's Universal Extractor - get the latest (v1.6 R8) updated Jan, 23, 2010. One problem, 'InnoUnp' is only @ 0.28, so you will need to get the latest 'innounp.exe' and update the \bin folder. This will do the trick, 'Launchy2.5.exe' can be extracted.

Lupo's Universal Extractor (Universal_Extractor.exe)(1.6 R8)
...http://www.lupopensuite.com/db/universalextractor.htm

Inno Setup Unpacker (innounp029.rar) - (0.29)
...http://sourceforge.net/projects/innounp/files/

Ennovy on 2017-01-06 13:42

During the setup you can select portable installation. Delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat.
Launch Launchy.exe

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Key Launch v2.0

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Key Launch is a keyword-based program launcher. It creates an index of the files in a list of user-defined folders that allow you can quickly locate and launch any application or document by pressing Ctrl-Q. It also supports aliases, special commands (eg. http:, mailto:, callto: etc.) and a built-in calculator.

Portability: The program provides an \utils subfolder indexed automatically by default. You may optionally edit folder.ini to include relative paths or drive-less absolute paths for scanning. Use the variable, %drive%, to create portable aliases. More info.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch keylaunch.exe
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Wolfghost on 2010-02-02 14:04

Here is version 2.0:

http://tinyurl.com/yd3flhb

freakazoid on 2010-04-04 18:11

Hmm, could we have a new contender in the program launchers category and give Executor some competition?

Will give this a try.

freakazoid on 2010-04-04 18:19

Okay, just took a look at the features list. It doesn't offer hotkey support to launch programs like Executor does. But the program is quite powerful, just not as powerful as Executor ;)

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WinBar v2.0.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 376KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Darkbee

WinBar is a system monitoring utility that provides information on CPU, memory, hard disk, battery etc. in a collapsible bar located at the top of the screen. It has various modules that you can enable/disable that provides access to a wide range of functions, including email, news, network time synchronization, application launcher etc.

WinBar is available in 32 and 64 bit editions.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GPL v3
How to extract:
  • Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  • Delete $R0 file, $PLUGINSDIR and $APPDATA folders
  • Launch WinBar.exe
  • Right-click on the bar to configure for portability
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Technomancer on 2008-03-13 11:59

Nice neat utility. I can keep an eye on the CPU usage and see if it seems excessive.
Needs to have a similar display for HDD activity.

Wolfghost on 2010-02-05 17:33

New home: http://sourceforge.net/projects/winbar/

Billy Bob on 2010-04-05 23:44

Look at Glint as an alternate, it shows CPU, disk and more

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Appetizer v1.4.7.508

webfork on 30 May 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Mar 2010
  • Suggested by Laurent

Appetizer lets you organize your shortcuts and folders into a resizable docking-style launcher. It supports "wizards" to import shortcuts from the start menu/quick launch toolbar, drag-and-drop organization, 'multi-launch' function etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Appetizer.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
Latest comments
Napiophelios on 2018-05-28 17:19

does anyone have a copy of this?
seems the website has gone away

smaragdus on 2018-05-28 20:41

@Napiophelios
Entry updated.

Napiophelios on 2018-05-29 23:43

Thanks smaragdus :)

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Toolbox v2.85

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

ToolBox is an alternative application launcher for Windows. It helps you organize your desktop and get rid of numerous shortcuts that take up valuable space on it. It handles almost anything you can throw at it: applications, drives, folders, files and control panel applets. It also supports relative paths for portable use.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch toolbox.exe.
Latest comments
Kermode on 2008-03-28 20:57

Current version does not take into account user might have set high DPI in windows (like me) and then calculates its framesize incorrectly (can't see all buttons)

netslave on 2008-07-04 02:31

Softpedia has a review on their site.
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/ToolBox--Review-75011.shtml

author on 2008-07-05 15:50

Latest Version 2.78 includes:
* Better support for URLs dropped onto ToolBoxes
* "Open With" now has a button to easily a program to open a file with
* Various cosmetic fixes for computers with higher DPI settings
* You can also, "Alt-click" to bring up the shortcut properties, there's a new icon library manager with drag & drop support for easy customization.

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XP SysPad v7.9.6

webfork on 26 Oct 2017

XP SysPad is a program launcher that automatically locates all your applications, system utilities, control panel applets etc. on startup and presents them in a single window for easy access. It also displays a variety of other information, including process list and system details. You can minimize it to the system tray or roll it up with a right-click of the title bar.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Writes last window position to INI file in \Windows folder. Does not affect portability in a practical sense, but writing to INI file in Windows folder very outdated.
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch XPSysPad.exe
Latest comments
Patrick on 2006-09-25 15:40

I actually use the google toolbar on the desktop to find any program to launch. I just type in parts of the word and it finds the application. Works great. And you don't have to add individual applications one by one. Anything you install is on the list, magically.

[BOT]Fluffy on 2007-02-12 11:34

Launchy is a spectacular launcher as well. Unfortunately it insists on building the index every time it starts instead of keeping a quick-reference database and performing small updates when necessary. Guillotine is also worthy of mention.

a on 2008-11-13 10:23

The interface menu shortcuts are better than scrambling through the start menu, desktop shortcuts, and remembering run commands. I don't consider myself a novice user, I just like the convenience of having everything in one place. Great application!

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ASuite v1.5.1.2

webfork on 31 Oct 2015

ASuite is a lightweight program launcher that allows you to define a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications, folders, and web links from the system tray. Includes search tab, scheduling, hotkeys, most recently used programs list, custom background, automation tools on startup / shut down, and more.

The program can scan for applications or import file structures from WinPenPack, Pstart, and other launchers. Supports relative paths.

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ASuite.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pstart, PortableApps Platform, WinPenPack NetMenu
Latest comments
derty2 on 2009-10-12 15:37

Yeah, I switched over to this from PStart for two reasons.
It starts much faster (especially if you have a huge --and growing-- collection of items), and secondly it has this pop-up application info which is a BRILLIANT idea so you can make notes on the fly about each item. In my opinion, pop-out notepads in Application interfaces are great. I can't believe all other software programmers don't see it... It's like having a handy personal Help/Note system one tiny click away from your App. Unfortunately I can't give ASuite 10/10 because of one missing feature... It won't allow you to drag in Web Links (URL's) from the browser...Gee I wish I could program,; I would immediately add this feature.

flector on 2010-10-07 15:31

I switched to ASuite after many years as a happy PStart user when the PStart.xml file got corrupted a couple of times.

Great software - simple and effective.

Two small nits:
* If you drag a folder into the app, it will rebuild the sub-tree of items in the folder every time the app is started (which takes time). This is easily avoided though by dragging in a shortcut instead of the folder itself.
* If a URL is dragged into the app from a browser, it's initially titled "Link" even though ASuite knows the URL.

Rolf on 2011-02-20 01:14

Version changes: [download] now delivers: ASuite20a1.zip Modified 2010-08-19
(exe :FileVersion=2.0.0.1082 ProductVersion1.5.2)
@Robert Planet of origin not specified

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Open Menu+ v1.5.6

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Open Menu+ is a program launcher with a quick search feature for rapidly locating the application or file you need. You configure the base folders where all your portable apps/docs are kept, and the launcher will let you navigate through all the subfolders and launch apps/docs as desired, while automatically remembering the most recent apps/docs that you have launched.

Note: Main website offline, linking to softpedia.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to a folder of your choice

    This will create autorun.inf and three subfolders: OpenMenu+, PortableApps and Documents. Application files are located in the OpenMenu+ subfolder. Launch OpenMenuPlus.exe

  2. Select Computer, OpenMenu+ Settings. Under Paths, Programs Paths, change the path to indicate where you normally store your portable apps (e.g. C:\portable)
  3. Select Computer, Refresh lists and the "Programs" icon should now display all the subfolders in your portable application folder

Optionally: You can save a substantial amount of disk space if you delete some skin folders found under the skins[/i] subfolder.
Similar/alternative apps: PortableApps Platform
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my.name on 2009-06-03 10:16

once the icon in the tray is clicked, the menu is there all the time instead of fading away.

is there any option to automatically hide it after a number of seconds?

Emka on 2013-12-18 06:30

website down

webfork on 2013-12-22 19:28

Emka: thanks, updated

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RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by USBman

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha-blended program launcher that resembles the "dock" found in Mac OS X. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, multi-monitor support, running application indicators, compatibility with most dock skin format, relative path support etc.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of drive-less absolute path (eg. \docs\personal\work.doc without the drive letter)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Create a blank file called Settings.ini in that folder
  4. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files and skins
  5. Launch RocketDock.exe
Latest comments
Gmacri on 2010-09-22 17:41

Somebody know if there will be a program update?

webfork on 2010-09-23 17:14

Gmacri: looks like the last release was the "final" one. You might try emailing the authors.

giulia on 2013-10-31 19:06

No Stealth
it creates this folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\StackDocklet

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PStart v2.11

webfork on 28 Jul 2014

PStart is an easy-to-use system tray program launcher with a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications and documents, much like the Windows "Start" menu. Includes support for drag-and-drop program management, customizable look and feel, program auto and scheduled start, search, and much more.

Unlike many other launchers, PStart automatically uses relative paths when adding applications and documents, so portability is automatically preserved when changing drive letters as long as the applications and documents are located in the same drive as PStart.

Note: 64-bit OS users may wish to use this in a compatibility mode.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install using the "Portable setup" option to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch PStart.exe
Additional notes from the author (Jens Gruschel): "The installer has a combo box with all removable drives listed. But if you click the [Next] button, you can select any folder you want, so there is no need to copy the file afterwards (which you can do of course). I added this combo box, because I thought that most people would install it to a USB stick (in fact I wrote the program because I wanted such a tool for my USB stick). But since I also like programs located on my D: drive, I didn't want to limit it to removable drives."
Latest comments
_joepie_ on 2012-04-15 00:11

@webfork: problem solved;
This is what happened, I had a version of PStart from 4 years ago running on my PC at the D-drive.
When I installed the newest version of PStart on my E-drive I replaced the old version of PStart on the D-drive at the same time, however only the menu of the E-drive was working.
After your last comment that I should work, I completely removed PStart from the D-drive and reinstalled it again.
Now everything works fine, I think that some remains of the old Pstart menu was interfering..does not matter anymore, I got what I want..!!
Great, thanks a lot Webfork...
_joepie_ makes a deep bow for WF.. :)

webfork on 2012-09-22 19:54

The program does indeed have minor problems on Win7: I frequently have to restart in order to get to the "Panel" view. Based on developer activity to date, we are unlikely to see an update to fix this.

albert on 2017-04-12 22:18

The best launcher I've never used. It works very well in Windows 10, and only in 769KB.
I've love it very much.

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Y'z Dock v0.8.3

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dot

Y'z Dock is a program launcher that looks like the dock in Mac OS X. To add icons, drag-and-drop a file from Explorer to the dock area. To delete icons, drag-and-drop the icon out of the dock. To remove a separator, press [Ctrl] plus drag-and-drop the separator out of the dock. Right-click on the dock gives you the context menu. Y'z Dock supports relative paths, though it does not automatically use relative paths when you add a file.

Note: This is a beta application that is no longer being developed by the author. The original language of the application is Japanese, but you are given a choice between English and Japanese when you first run the application.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch YzDock.exe.
Latest comments
'Los on 2006-12-07 14:46

I use RKLauncher. I THINK it picks up where Y'z left off. It's still being developed as far as I know, but it hasn't been updated since I started using it a year ago. It supports relative paths too, but doesn't use them by default.

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Duck Doom Deluxe

Checker on 3 Aug 2014
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Fluffy

Duck Doom Deluxe is the classic Nintendo game Duck Hunt with a DooM twist. Blast ducks out of the sky with DooM weaponry, including the rocket launcher and BFG. Allows you to play with either one or two ducks on two difficulty levels.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Duck Doom Deluxe.exe.
Latest comments
a on 2006-09-27 20:32

too bad the ducks dont shoot back :( poor duckies.

Local on 2007-06-30 00:47

Maybe the best game ever made
I dunno why noone thought of it sooner.

I guess Ugh: is too young to remember what classics both of these games were.

StinkDude1 on 2007-07-08 13:25

I love this game! Oh, and you don't have to be young to remember the classics. I'm 12 and the first game I ever played was Super Mario Bros., closely followed by Duck Hunt (I'm probably the only one, though.).

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