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Run-Command v2.42 Updated

Checker on 16 May 2015
  • 142KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 May 2015
  • 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?
  • Reviewing the program and recompiling RUN Command, because virus alert
    from some virus scanners, although no virus was present.
    In any case, this message is no longer present (at RUN Command 2.42).
    Old Virus Warning: Norton Symantec - Suspicious.Cloud.5
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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

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SyMenu v4.10.5606 Updated

Checker on 9 May 2015
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 May 2015
  • 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.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
  • Microsoft Framework 2.0 or higher.
  • Administrator rights.
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?
  • Bug fix.
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smaragdus on 2015-02-03 11:47

SyMenu 4.03.5511 has been released.

JohnyZlo on 2015-05-04 18:04

New version: SyMenu 4.09.5601 released

Checker on 2015-05-04 19:20

@ JohnyZlo: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.3 Updated

Checker on 18 Apr 2015
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2015
  • 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.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
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?
  • Begin of support for Win 8 and Win 10.
  • Bad toolbar size for Browser/Desktop view if aero mode was disabled solved.
  • Menus: Launched application sometimes showing in background bug solved.
  • Menus: Bug introduced in 1.3.2 solved (link pointing to parent folder was producing a stack overflow).
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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. :)

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Splat v1.1.7 Updated

Checker on 16 Apr 2015
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Apr 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)

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 a few more wait intervals.
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 v1.4.7 Updated

webfork on 7 Mar 2015
  • 101KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Feb 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.

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?
  • Stop quitting when there is an hotkey conflict.
  • Removing some alert boxes to use tray balloons instead.
  • Do not open the website with generic balloons, only with the about one.
  • Updating website url
  • Using the latest pugixml library

Full changelog at
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proteanic on 2013-02-07 22:16

very nifty little menu app. Apart from that it doesn't show any program icons, it works like a charm. Clever and flexible config

Shadeclan on 2015-02-25 17:17

Currently using v1.4.7 - project has been moved to GITHub (
PortAL has a few issues. That said, I love this app! The user interface is a thing of beauty and the program is very agile and responsive. The developer is very responsive to suggestions and bug reports and has already fixed bugs which I have reported and, in my book, customer service mean everything.
There is currently no interface for configuring the app, which can be done with a text editor but the developer is currently working on one. In the meantime, the app is definitely worth the little inconvenience it takes to configure it.

Checker on 2015-02-25 18:56

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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