Categories /

Productivity - Program Launchers (49)

Run-Command v2.22 Updated

Checker on 21 Apr 2014
  • 96KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Checker

Run-Command is an alternative to the standard Windows "Run" tool, including additions such as running a program with administrator permissions and adding to favorite commands. Favorites can be managed by grouping by command categories.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Lauch Run-Command.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Run-Command_x64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • Update the language files.
  • Small fixes for Windows 7 and 8.1.
Latest comments
timtimtim on 2013-11-21 16:10

I couldn't run this on win2k; it hides in the system tray without a way to display it. I even tried using Process Explorer's Properties.Image.Bring to Front resulting in the msgbox: No visible windows found for this process

Add comment

PhraseExpress v10.1.27 Updated

Checker on 2 Apr 2014
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

PhraseExpress is a keyboard macro utility that manages all your frequently used text phrases from a taskbar icon and allows you to paste them into any application with a single mouse click, a keyboard shortcut, or a text macro command. The program is ideal for email reply templates, signatures, addresses, and any other information that you find yourself typing repeatedly.

PhraseExpress also includes powerful macro functions to launch programs, files or email messages, offers support for dynamic macro commands and comes with a unique text-prediction feature.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new?
  • New feature "SmartComplete" which can be enabled by launching PhraseExpress in beta mode via the command-line parameter -beta. (SmartComplete Video Demo)
  • Improved email and URL input syntax validation.
  • Popup menus are shown regardless of their hidden setting if the popup menus are directly triggered by their Autotext or hotkey.
  • Solved issues if SHIFT is used as a confirmation key.
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2013-04-11 07:01

7 Awesome Uses For PhraseExpress Text Expander:

bartelsmediagmbh on 2013-04-18 10:00

PhraseExpress is one of the most popular Text Expander software and available for more than 10 years. Hundred thousands of happy users have no problem with PhraseExpress at all and enjoy it every day.

We invest all our time and hear to make what PhraseExpress is today. The portable feature alone cost us a lot of extra efforts to meet the portable app specification requirements, particularly those by

All that is provided completely free-of-charge as advertised at

The quality hopefully shows you that PhraseExpress is no hobby project but made by fulltime developers. So, we need to generate revenue by asking Professionals to license it.

Sadly, a few individuals who may have been caught cheating our fair use license policy try to harm our reputation rather than taking responsibility for their license abuse. Which is a shame.

You can easily identify those people as they don’t provide evidence. We know why – The license notification in later PhraseExpress versions would debunk in plain English why it has been triggered.

Here is our deal to those people:

Download PhraseExpress 9.1.29 (or later) and publish a screenshot of the alleged “false commercial use detection” which allegedly differs from what we advertise. If someone really should find a bug we will fix it instantly and give away 5 PhraseExpress Professional Edition licenses worth US$ 699.- to the next 5 posters (providing real identity to us) here.

“Abraxas”, we are waiting for you!

@Midas: PhraseExpress NEVER secretly transmits personal information anywhere. It just checks locally, if it is running from a Windows Server OS. This certainly is no privacy issue Would you claim “the same if a scanner application checks the OS for a connected scanner or if a photo organizer application would prompt to import photos if it detects a camera being connected to PC?

@IanFromBarrie: Please note that the commercial detection has changed drastically with latest PhraseExpress version 9.

Midas on 2013-04-19 08:46

Thanks for the input, bartelsmediagmbh. On behalf of other TPFC users that appreciate your software, I thank you also for the generosity of providing Phrase Express as a freeware.

See all

Qsel v2.22 Updated

Checker on 23 Mar 2014

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

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: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Qsel.exe
Optionally, right-click on the window and select "Keep Window opened?" to keep Qsel around after you launch an application.
What's new?
  • "Tool type title bar.." no longer optional, but fixed property of system tray mode.
  • Bugfix: icon path with comma caused glitch.
  • Auto-hide at desktop edge: new "slide" option (see General Settings).
  • Small icons: now single column mode by default (see General Settings for legacy mode).
  • Icon files are saved with relative path if possible.
  • In case of multiple Qsel usage: Option "Load at Windows startup" only possible for one.
  • Command parameter /i=n: item preselect (/i=0: none).
  • Dual monitor issues fixed.
  • PB compiler version 5.22; internal adjustments.
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...

Midas on 2013-04-10 14:59

I proposed as forum topic for Qsel...

See all

Pretty Run v6.8.0.143 Updated

Checker on 17 Mar 2014

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.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
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 prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Extract this file to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of the {app} folder to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor and add, under [Options], the following line:


  5. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
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 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.

Add comment

QuickWayToFolders v1.2.15

Checker on 14 Jan 2014

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.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder. FoldersOptions.ini, & QuickWayToFolders.ini
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: 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?
  • Multiple Folder Menu path checking error resolved (regression since v1.2.12)
  • Brazilian / Portuguese translation added.
  • Greek translation added.
Latest comments
kevin on 2011-05-13 14:47

I extracted the zip to a folder on my thumbdrive and attempted to launch QuickWayToFolders.exe (thumbdrive attached to my netbook - WinXP SP3). I got "The procedure entry point ShutdownBlockReasonDestroy could not be located in the dynamic link library USER32.dll."
This looks like it might be a great addition to my portables -- any help would be appreciated!

webfork on 2011-05-13 15:40

kevin: having same issue -- emailing the dev

Midas on 2013-02-26 20:30

A great yet simple way to achieve native multi-desktops in Windows 7 x64 (I mean desktops as physical locations, bearing in mind the default one is usually located at %USERPROFILE%\Desktop):

1) Define any number of folders in QuickWayToFolders (QW2F) with "Shortcut Type" as "Local Path" (e.g.: Desk2, Desk3, ...);

2) Customize them through QW2F's "Options | Browsing options", taking care to check "Hide toolbar For Home Folder" and "Save Icons Positions For Home Folder", setting "View Type" to "Medium", as well as a different "Show / Hide Hotkey" (Win+F2, Win+F3, ... are viable choices);

3) For easier visual identification, set different background pictures for each folder in "Customization";

4) Open "FoldersOptions.ini" in QW2F folder with any text editor and change all "IsMaximized=0" to "1".

Launch and you're good to go -- to get back to the default desktop, press Win+D. There are a few quirks to iron, but not a bad solution in the end. :)

See all