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LSMacro v1.0.1

webfork on 3 Dec 2019
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Feb 2010
  • Suggested by Cornflower

LSMacro is a lightweight keyboard macro utility program that allows you to run programs, open URLs, do screen captures, or send key/mouse events to other programs with just a few keystrokes. Intuitive and easy to use, remaining in the System tray once macros are defined. Can create macro keys with Control, Shift, or Alt keys.

Note: The website is offline, a download mirror has been provided.

Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder, in macrolist.lis file.
Dependencies: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the 7zip file and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch LSMacro.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: X-HotkeyP, TyperTask
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Midas on 2015-12-11 21:29

@Billo255: that note was implying the "Download" link. We'll have to wait and see if anyone comes up with an alternative URL...

Billo255 on 2015-12-14 00:51

@Midas - Thanks but still confused. I was thinking the note meant that it was being hosted by PFC but the download link goes off into limbo the same way the weblink to the authors site does. (or at least it did when I clicked on it a few days ago).

Midas on 2015-12-14 16:37

All those dead links never pointed to TPFC -- you can check the tooltip on mouse over, the explicit linking to TPFC is just a database device to launch the original URL. TPFC usually doesn't host any files...

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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.

Runs on: 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
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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

Entry updated.

Napiophelios on 2018-05-29 23:43

Thanks smaragdus :)

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Windows 7 in a box v1.0 New

billon on 5 Oct 2020
  • 280KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Nov 2009
  • Suggested by guinness

Windows 7 in a box provides access to many settings and applications under Windows 7 all in one menu. Made by the same group that produced Windows In A Box for XP.

NOTE: Website is gone, linking to Internet Archive Wayback Machine and Softpedia.

Runs on: Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download Windows_7_in_a_Box.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Latest comments
Emka on 2011-12-26 10:33

website seems to be down

TP109 on 2020-10-05 19:31

Portable version can be downloaded from:

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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.

Runs on: 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.

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.

Runs on: 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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