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PhraseExpress v12.0.105 Updated

Checker on 6 Oct 2016
  • 29MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Oct 2016
  • 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: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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?
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br3 on 2014-10-08 11:46

I'm using the latest version of PhraseExpress Portable on XP Pro, but it's putting two files (config.xml and pexdesktop.xml) into my Documents and Setting/Application Data/PhraseExpress folder.

Is there any way to change where these files are stored, so that the true portability of this application can be made?

Ennovy on 2014-10-08 13:45

Please read above "How to extract"
Start de programm with the -portable parameter
and all settings are stored in the application folder

bartelsmedia on 2015-07-29 10:16

It would be great if you would vote for our other new related software Mouse Recorder, announced at

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Portable Start Menu v3.4 Updated

billon on 4 Oct 2016
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Oct 2016
  • 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.

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
What's new?
  • Added:
    • Portable Start Menu works correctly with High DPI displays;
    • .LNK files can be started;
    • Programs from the Windows\system32 folder can be started under Windows 64bit systems.
  • Improved:
    • Variables such as %windir% were not recognized under certain circumstances;
    • Right clicking the tray icon didn't work correctly on Windows 10.
  • Smaller fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
TP109 on 2011-12-14 21:03

Great app. Been using this for awhile and I haven't experienced any of the problems indicated here. Very light on resources even with over 250 entries. No problem with drag and drop and the menu disappears normally if no menu item is selected just by clicking outside the interface. True, it can't launch apps with admin rights, but it's not a big issue on Vista with UAC disabled or going to the app folder and launching directly using RAA.

bok4600 on 2012-03-19 17:02

love this app

Technomancer on 2013-11-03 19:02

I've been using this app on 2 or 3 of my PenDrives. It's really user friendly and intuitive. One of the great features is that it ejects my drive(s) easily where other 'disk ejectors' don't manage to.

See all Platform v14.2 Updated

webfork on 2 Oct 2016
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Sep 2016
  • Suggested by gp_hbk 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.

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: Open Source (GPL code, some MIT, some CC images)
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?

This release adds support for dual download live installers to the app store and updater for live installation of dual-mode 32+64-bit apps, adds support for update-only releases, and updates to the latest version of 7-Zip for backup and restore. Support for hiding 'portable' in app names has also been improved and enabled by default.
Latest comments
mrpink on 2011-12-16 20:53

Nevermind, i only wanted to change utorrent icon to the old square one that i like. The new design is awesome!

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

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SyMenu v5.05.6111 Updated

billon on 24 Sep 2016
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Sep 2016
  • 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 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft 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:
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.

smaragdus on 2016-08-01 14:15

As of 2016.08.01 Windows 10 is not officially supported:

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SlickRun v4.3.3.2 Updated

billon on 10 Aug 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Aug 2016
  • Suggested by tproli

SlickRun is a floating keyword utility that allows you to create command aliases, or "MagicWords" that launch applications or URLs. For example, "browse" can be set to open Firefox, "note" to open Notepad, and more. You can type an application's path or location as well.

The program includes its own notepad program opened by typing "jot", but major applications such as MS Office and Online Shopping resources can be added using add-on packs available on the website.

SlickRun supports auto-completion, relative paths and drive letter macro for improved portability.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates a lone working registry entry that does not impact portability of settings at all.
Unicode support: Yes. for Jot, history, autocomplete, $W$, etc
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  3. Launch sr.exe

Optionally, delete [NSIS].nsi and all the WAV files (not used in portable mode).
What's new? See:
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-10-08 00:33

The latest version of SlickRun is

Checker on 2015-10-08 05:11

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Ennovy on 2016-08-10 09:41

Minor update to version
Although the changelog has not been updated, the download is

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