Qsel v2.25

billon on 20 Feb 2017

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 / 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?
  • Configuration: Sort function available in item list context menu.
  • Category menu by ALT key: will not pop up when Shift or Ctrl also pressed.
  • General Settings, new option: enable/disable ALT key for Category menu.
  • Display: better behavior when slow build-up due to malware scan.
  • Fixed:
    • System tray menu issues;
    • Display issue after font enlargement;
    • Issue with ampersand in category name.
  • PureBasic ver. 5.51.

17 comments on Qsel  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Jim Barr 2007-01-17 12:14

This looks like a nice application. I've been an avid PStart user, but I'm giving this a try. It intrigues me because it has more of a "desktop" feel as opposed to just a list. I only wish you could set global settings that would affect all child pages (such as window size, etc.) This CAN be done manually by editing the .ini file, though. Lots of promise on this one!

Chris 2007-03-04 06:29

I'm seriously impressed! I have always missed categories in Pstart, which on my stick has become too full already (yeah - there really are many portable apps :-) )

Now if it could "close to tray" and find a way to be started from root, all by keeping its conf files in a specified directory, I'm afraid I'd ditch Pstart which I have been using for many years now.

Thx for the find, Toxteth!

jparra 2007-03-28 02:19

I think that ASuite is the better programm for application menu creation (categories, subcategories, separators, properties, icon tray menu, relative paths, translations...). It's similar to PStart, but it have much more options.

grannyGeek 2007-05-01 21:19

I've been using this for a month and really like it. Very small app size, and some pretty nice configuration options. Now includes option to mimimize to systray, and ability to store configuration files in a specified folder. (nice if you have lots of categories, there's a configuration file for each.)

I've loaded it up with app shortcuts, document shortcuts, urls, and explorer folders, and I particularly like the category child windows, much easier for me to navigate than cascading menus.

The author is VERY responsive to bug reports & feature requests, made me a quick fix to exit with Ctrl + X-close button instead of right-click systray icon then click "exit". He is working on the 120-dpi glitch that affects Separators and Large Icon Display (120-dpi affects so many apps.)

great little app!

batteriesnotincluded 2007-06-03 08:48

qsel is superior to pstart:
using a lot less memory, very user friendly,
shoutcuts for all my url bookmarks which can't be done in pstart, qsel is more functional and less cosmetic,
awesome tech support from developer

[BOT] Fluffy 2007-12-27 05:29

Quite impressive indeed, however there are a few things that it doesn't yet have that I would have problems living without. Most importantly, the ability to automatically start programs on program start - PStart replaces my system Startup. Secondly, hotkeys would be a pain to live without. I could probably find programs to do these things separately of course, but PStart works fine. Launchy is quickly gaining ground on it though - I don't really use PStart to launch much of anything anymore. :P

ThatGuy 2008-04-01 15:54

I've been a long PStart user and its only been recently that I made the switch to Qsel. It far superior, and much easier to use. I really recommend this app!

tommyD 2009-03-14 06:38

How does this compare to GeekMenu? Maybe I'll d/l QSel and give it a try...

Loner 2009-03-16 07:42

I have used this program before, but due to computer changes, I did not reinstall it. That was Windows98 and XP, but now that I have Vista, I've reinstalled it, and it is far better than I remember it. This program is very easy to use, and can be used on your main computer as well as a stick with two separate QSel menus. Also, you really can't beat the price of this handy program...FREE.

Gmacri 2009-04-15 08:19

I'm using Qsel a long time ago.
Is one of the best launchers.
I'm also using Pstart, another excelent program.
┬┐The best?...: is a hard question
Try and tell me...

sam 2010-08-14 07:05

I find this perfect: better than PStart, though both are excellent.

ChemZ 2010-08-28 10:22

Very good program + easy to use.
Small size + small memory footprint.
Not a bad looking program too if config without the title bar.

joby_toss 2010-09-29 06:52

This website is not supposed to replace the home sites of all the apps here! The main purpose of this website is to provide information about the level of applications portability and how this can be accomplished. You did right by searching more info on this app's home page.
You are right though, there is always room for improvement and Mr. Andrew is constantly working on this. More screenshots for every application is a good idea but not currently implemented.
But saying that this is a matter of laziness?! This is simply not true and not fair. There are so many apps tested and updated on a daily bases! Believe it or not, this requires many hours!

Shadeclan 2012-09-12 19:05

Used QSel for a time and liked it. However, it had the same problem as my WinXP toolbars - took forever for the menu to come up. Lately, I've switched to TrayLauncher. It only has the hesitancy problem, occasionally, the first time it comes up - afterwards, works flawlessly.


horst 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 2012-09-14 15:58

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


Napiophelios 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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