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Executor v1.0.1 Updated

billon on 7 Sep 2020
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Executor is a program launcher and functions as a very customizable replacement for the Windows "Run" tool. It supports user-defined keywords, hotkeys for apps, auto-completion for keywords/file system/history, optional Vista-like results list, integrated calculator etc.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: MIT
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the same folder and rename it executor.ini
  3. Launch Executor.exe
What's new? See:
http://1space.dk/executor/vhistory.html
Latest comments
Carl on 2015-08-16 11:30

Nevermind, I was not waiting long enough for the indexing to finish. It seems a bit longer with windows 10. Last 64 bits version work fine.

freakazoid on 2018-07-28 02:05

Yay, first official update in five years! Still my favorite launcher!

Carl on 2020-09-08 18:31

The best launcher ever. I've been using this for 10 years.

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Run-Command v4.44 Updated

billon on 5 Sep 2020
  • 192KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Checker

Run-Command improves on the standard Windows "Run" tool with the ability to run programs as administrator, command favorites and more. Favorites can be managed by grouping by command categories.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Lauch Run-Command_p.exe or Run-Command_x64_p.exe (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: Famulus
What's new? See:
https://softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/Run-Command/History
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

MIKLO on 2016-02-28 20:45

Tim I know this is an old post but I hope by now you have upgraded from Win2K after all it is the twenty first century. For me this software works as advertised!
MIKLO

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PortableApps.com Platform v17.1.1 Updated

billon on 9 Sep 2020
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com 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.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / 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: Freeware/Open Source
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? See:
https://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
Latest comments
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

shnbwmn on 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).

https://portableapps.com/news/2018-05-09--keepass-professional-portable-2.39-released

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SlickRun v4.4.9.3 Updated

billon on 29 Aug 2020
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Aug 2020
  • 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.

Category:
Runs on: 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 sr.exe and DefaultMagic.qrs to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  3. Launch sr.exe
What's new? See:
https://bayden.com/SlickRun/updates.asp
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2016-08-10 09:41

Minor update to version 4.3.3.2
Although the changelog has not been updated, the download is

smaragdus on 2017-02-17 11:12

Note that the x32 build (sr-setup.exe) is still at version 4.3.3.2 while the x64 build (sr-setup64.exe) is at version 4.4.0.0.

rbon on 2020-04-08 15:31

Released new version 4.4.9.0 for both 32 and 64 bit.

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AdvancedRun v1.22 Updated

billon on 3 Aug 2020
  • 122KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Aug 2020
  • Suggested by Checker

AdvancedRun allows you to run a program with different settings that you choose, including - low or high priority, start directory, main window state (Minimized/Maximized), run the program with different user or permissions, Operating system compatibility settings and environment variables.

You can also save the desired settings into a configuration file and then run the program automatically from command-line with the desired settings.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AdvancedRun.exe.
What's new?
  • Added option to run a program as another logged-in user on your system, without specifying the password of the user. Elevation is needed to use this option.
Latest comments
misan on 2016-05-15 13:38

^ Everything is fine.

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SyMenu v6.12.7517 Updated

billon on 31 Jul 2020
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Jul 2020
  • 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. The Standard for Portable Software (SPS) allows to install, update and remove the programs available in the SyMenu suites automatically, see more in Manual.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET 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:
https://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx
Latest comments
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.
MIKLO

smaragdus on 2016-08-01 14:15

As of 2016.08.01 Windows 10 is not officially supported:
http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx

mimik on 2020-07-17 08:37

As the last comment is nearly four years old, I think it's needless to mention that SyMenu actually supports Windows 10. In my case the application even reached the "autostart-status", which is really a coronation for an app. Furthermore, since eight months I am contributing to the large Program Suite as SPS-Publisher. During this time I made the experience of a respectful athmosphere under the people behind SyMenu, which I could talk to so far. Except the developer of course, keep away from this crazy guy...btw hello Gian my friend and greetings to Italy ;-) So, all-in-all in my personal opinion this application is really worth a try and I'm sure it even get's better from day to day!

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SideSlide v4.79 Updated

billon on 22 Jul 2020
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Jul 2020
  • Suggested by risk

SideSlide is a desktop extension that docks to any screen edge. It allows you to store your favorite RSS feeds, shortcuts to files/folders/URLs, notes, reminders etc. in "containers" that you can arrange, shrink and fold in the workspace. You can also drag-and-drop text/images from your web browser to the workspace to create web snippets.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: To display RSS feeds on the systems earlier then Windows XP SP3, you must have Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 installed.
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SideSlide.exe.
What's new? See:
https://northglide.com/sideslide_changelog.html
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2013-03-30 05:18

The file is hosted by MajorGeeks.com. Link changed.

klangenfarben on 2013-04-01 12:26

Thanks joby_toss, got it now. Will comment when I get a chance to take it for a spin.

Midas on 2014-06-03 15:54

SideSlide v3.5.40 released (changelog: http://www.northglide.com/sideslide_changelog.html)

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VNCHelper v3.80 Updated

webfork on 11 Jul 2020
  • 242KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Apr 2016
  • Suggested by Wolfghost

VNCHelper is able to launch any application, URL, file or folder. It's as small on your screen as possible, and remembers where it's placed.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch vnchelper.exe.
What's new? Fixed:
  • Final item truncation problem.
  • Black text on black background problem with high contrast colour schemes.
Latest comments
Cornflower on 2020-07-10 11:24

The domain is discontinued. You can still find it at
http://web.archive.org/web/20170824232442/https://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/vnchelper/index.html

and the download is at
http://web.archive.org/web/20170713063940/http://zhornsoftware.co.uk/vnchelper/vnchelper.zip

webfork on 2020-07-11 13:28

@Cornflower - I just visited the website and it seems to be working okay. Still, if they're having domain or site issues, it's good to have an archive.org link handy. Thanks.

Midas on 2020-07-12 10:31

For that particular effect then the best pointer would be: http://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/vnchelper/

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PopMenu v 2.8

billon on 25 Jun 2020
  • 198KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jun 2020
  • Suggested by agam

PopMenu, a small menu (program launcher), is started either by a hotkey or a click on the tray icon. It is able to handle changing drive letters and therefore it is particularly suitable as a starter for an USB stick.

Category:
Runs on: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PopMenu.exe.

Keypirinha v2.25

billon on 27 May 2020
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 May 2020
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Keypirinha is a fast and flexible keystroke launcher and much more.

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch keypirinha.exe.
What's new? See:
https://keypirinha.com/changelog.html

PhraseExpress v14.0.186 Updated

billon on 17 Aug 2020
  • 29MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 May 2020
  • 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.

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable Edition" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable.
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new? See:
https://www.phraseexpress.com/download/changelog/#client
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2017-01-10 18:00

Most recent version is 12.0.124

Ennovy on 2017-01-10 18:30

@AndTheWolf: Thanks. The version history however is not updated

bartelsmedia on 2020-08-17 04:38

You can find the version history here:
Windows version:
https://www.phraseexpress.com/download/changelog/

Mac version:
https://www.phraseexpress.com/mac/download/changelog/

Enjoy!

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ASuite v2.0 Updated

billon on 3 Aug 2020
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2020
  • Suggested by El Salvador

ASuite is a lightweight program launcher that allows you to define a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications, folders and web links from the system tray. Includes search tab, scheduling, hotkeys, most recently used programs list, custom background, automation tools on startup/shut down and more.

The program can scan for applications or import file structures from WinPenPack, Pstart, and other launchers. Supports relative paths.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ASuite.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pstart, PortableApps Platform, WinPenPack NetMenu
What's new? See:
https://github.com/salvadorbs/Asuite/releases
Latest comments
hamasaki on 2020-05-10 21:08

@El Salvador Great to see this launcher back in action. The new version is fantastic and the UI much nicer. It's the best launcher by far. Keep up the good work.

opsimathic on 2020-09-05 23:18

This is exactly what I have been looking for. Unfortunately, the icons beside each entry disappear. They were there to begin with, but then vanished! I went back to Properties and added the option Icon path - the icons appeared but after I rebooted my laptop, the icons have gone again. Can this be fixed? Many thanks!

opsimathic on 2020-09-06 08:46

Not quite sure how I did it, but I appear to have solved my issue with the disappearing icons. I probably just fiddled too much with the options. Anyway, it looks like it is functioning just fine now.

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winPenPack Net Menu v2.9.71

billon on 29 Nov 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Feb 2018
  • Suggested by joby_toss

winPenPack Net Menu can launch applications collected from the winPenPack website, as well as your own portable applications. It also supports program file associations, launch arguments, search, hotkeys, auto-execute and more.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or above
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: winPenPack License Agreement
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch winPenPackNet.exe
  3. When prompted, select your language (choose "winpenpack_en.xml" for English) and click OK
Similar/alternative apps: PortableApps.com Platform
What's new?
  • Fixed some problems related to file association in Windows 10.
Latest comments
stoned on 2012-03-19 10:13

Nice one! lovely application, very useful

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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.7

billon on 22 Jan 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Jan 2019
  • 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.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU 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?
  • Bug solved: application crash at application closing when an invalid path was reported (at app startup or config change).
Latest comments
TP109 on 2016-03-21 12:48

@thehop

Thanks, those are interesting apps. I really find ShortPopUp especially useful.

smaragdus on 2016-03-21 21:28

@billon
Better trust the executable. Softpedia also corrected the version number:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/QuickWayToFolders.shtml

Midas on 2016-05-24 11:17

The version discrepancy should be noted -- the changelog at http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/QuickWayToFolders/history.php stops at v1.3.4 ...

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XVA Assistant v0.10.2018.1215

billon on 17 Dec 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by smaragdus

XVA Assistant is a stylish launcher for programs, files and websites, organizing items into panels and folders. The program can reside either in task-bar next to start menu (Cool XVA-Button) or in sustem tray. The program supports skins (any BMP, JPG and PNG images) and two view modes: "View as Pad" and "View as Phone".

Other features include autostart, always on top, animation effects, minimize after launch, minimize on losing focus, hot key and more.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch XVA.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
What's new? See:
https://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/XVA-Assistant-Changelog-251045.html
Latest comments
Stroport on 2017-09-09 07:41

Good news, this app is interesting is there a place to post features suggestions ?

__philippe on 2017-09-09 11:28

Perhaps contact developer XuanYuan YuShun directly ?
Email: debuger@outlook.com

Belga on 2017-09-11 16:56

That's the best solution.
FYI, developer gives this answer related to keeping the enlargement of the window after reboot :
"I guess when the system shutdown, OS didn't give XVA enough time to save configuration files, so the windows size don't save correct, and I would optimize it in the next version.
You can use the temporary plan as follows:
1. Adjust the window size.
2. manually exit.
3. restart XVA."
It worked for me !

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Qsel v2.26

billon on 26 Aug 2018

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

Category:
Runs on: 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?
  • Run as Administrator (triggers UAC prompt):
    • occasional: hold Ctrl+Shift & click
    • always: see configuration, "run" picklist (at bottom).
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...

Napiophelios on 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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PopSel v2.57

billon on 3 Jul 2018

PopSel offers simple pop-up menus for the Desktop or the Quick Launch Tray. Launch programs, batch files, documents or web links through popup menus.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PopSel.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
What's new?
  • New features:
    • Run as Administrator (triggers UAC prompt):
      occasional: hold Ctrl+Shift & click
      always: see configuration, "run" picklist (at bottom);
    • Column break by separator symbol "|" (UI: Ctrl + separator button).
  • PureBasic compiler 5.62.
Latest comments
ChemZ on 2015-01-16 08:39

Not your average program launcher.... best used with StrokeIt.

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Quick Cliq v2.1.1

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Quick Cliq is an application launcher and productivity tool that provides quick access folders, files, programs, links and command-line operations as well as window management, clipboard manipulation and text "memos". The compact menu can be displayed anywhere via keyboard shortcut or mouse gesture, even within applications.

A video preview is available.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Quick Cliq.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed many Windows 10 compatibility issues.
  • Other minor fixes/improvements.

Portable Start Menu v3.5

billon on 6 Apr 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2017
  • 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.

Category:
Runs on: 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
Similar/alternative apps: ASuite, PStart, SyMenu
What's new?
  • Improved:
    • Better compatibility with 32/64bit system when starting certain applications.
  • Fixed:
    • Program icons were not displayed under certain circumstances when scaling was larger than 100%;
    • Entered applications could not be launched on some systems;
    • Ejecting an USB stick could cause the error message "Missing file psmstart.exe".
  • Smaller fixes/improvements.
Latest comments
starshakur on 2017-04-05 12:36

There's no 64-bit version...

billon on 2017-04-06 02:50

@starshakur, @Orca:
because it's work on 64-bit
there are psmstart32.exe for launching 32-bit programs and psmstart.exe - for 64-bit

starshakur on 2017-04-06 16:56

psmstart.exe may be essential to launch 64-bit applications (psmenu.exe doesn't start with either missing), but that doesn't change the fact that psmenu.exe is a 32-bit application.

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LiberKey v5.8.1129

SYSTEM on 1 Aug 2016
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by opendev

LiberKey is a portable launcher that serves as a gateway to prepackaged portable apps available in the LKS format (basically 7Zip archive with a particular directory structure). It works just as well for non-LKS apps, and comes with a whole suite of other functions including portable file associations, portable desktop shortcuts, and online updates of LKS applications.

The launcher itself is flexible with right-handed quick launch bar and supports tabs, categories, smart search etc. Includes a floating quick launcher that you can pin to the desktop.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch LiberKey.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, PortableApps Platform
What's new? 2014/11/10 - LiberKey 5.8.1104
  • Improved, Portabilizer: .NET framework detection
  • Improved, Portabilizer: Use the x86 version of an application when the x64 version is missing
  • Fixed, Menu: Various bug fixes
  • Added, LiberKey: Breton translation [br-FR] Thank you Diloar (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Macédonien translation [mk-MK] Thank you mite71 (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (cyrillique) translation [sr-Cyrl-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (latin) translation [sr-Latn-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Arabic (Tunisia) translation [ar-TN] Thank you Trabelsi Youssef
  • Updated, LiberKey: German translation [de] Thank you Paul Bichler
  • Updated, LiberKey: Hungarian translation [hu-HU] Thank you Juhász Sándor
  • Updated, LiberKey: Italian translation [it] Thank you Maurizio Ballo
  • Updated, LiberKey: Dutch translation [nl-NL] Thank you Ralph Langendam (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Russian translation [ru-RU] Thank you mrBG et askras (new contributor)

2014/11/15 - LiberKey 5.8.1114
  • Added, LiberKey: Slovak translation [sk-SK] Thank you kamilpolner (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Romanian translation [ro-RO] Thank you Adrian (new contributor)

2015/11/30 - LiberKey 5.8.1129
  • Fixed, Portabilizer: .NET framework version detection
Latest comments
rogerthedodger on 2012-07-21 02:01

guess thats an advantage, if theres any, of using adaware.

doudoudidou on 2012-08-06 10:24

I use LiberKey for years and I never had any problems. This platform is currently the best. There are jealous ...

smaragdus on 2016-07-31 23:13

I did a brief testing of LiberKey version 5.8.1129 (only the launcher, not the suite) and my first impressions are very good- it is a well-designed, flexible, solid program with a nice set of features.

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X-HotkeyP v4.8.2 [rev1]

billon on 6 Jun 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 May 2016
  • Suggested by Danix

HotkeyP is a small but powerful macro and hotkey utility that enables you to create a wide range of macro commands and keyboard shortcuts that can perform common tasks such as opening files, running programs, empty the recycle bin, reboot your PC, start the screensaver and much more.

X-HotkeyP is a version of the software packaged in winPenPack format.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch X-HotkeyP.exe.
What's new?
  • Commands "Opacity +", "Opacity -"
  • Environment variables can be used in commands (e.g. %SystemRoot%).
  • Option to play sound when a hotkey is pressed.
  • Option "Wait before executing this hotkey", command will be executed after 5 second unless the user cancels it.
  • Only pressed shift keys are released before macro.
  • Command "Delete temporary files" can delete read-only files.
  • HotkeyP window is transparent when showing User Account Control dialog.
  • Large HotkeyP icon looks same as small icon.
  • All texts are Unicode, it's useful especially for the "Paste text" command.
  • Hotkeys have option "Run as administrator".
  • Commands "Maximize all", "Show HotkeyP window", "Reload hook".
  • Command "Hide window" changes tray icon to yellow.
  • %HotkeyP% in command path is replaced by installation folder.
  • Caps lock is turned off during "Macro".
  • Removed shortcut Ctrl+N which used to delete all hotkeys.
  • Path to HTK file is not stored in the registry if the file is in the HotkeyP folder.
Fixed bugs:
  • Paste text command did not work on some keyboard layouts.
  • Multi-command did not work with paste text
  • Some system hotkeys could not be redefined (Ctrl+Win+P, Ctrl+Win+F, Win+Shift+M, Win+Shift+up, Alt+Win+1, ...).
  • Key state is reset when reloading hook.
  • Hotkey Win+mouse showed the Start menu if used with macro.
  • Right-click on the small icon in the notification area showed the taskbar menu on Windows 10.
  • Could not get executable file name of universal apps on Windows 10.
  • "Information" about a window could not get full path of 64-bit processes.
  • "Paste text" with parameter %l truncated text to 1024 characters.
  • The second parameter of "Macro to active window" could not be longer than 15 characters.
  • "Minimize to tray" did not work for the Explorer.
  • "Magnifier" lost focus after quick mouse movement.
  • The Spy application worked only with 32-bit processes.
  • Some minimized applications could not be restored to foreground when hotkey was pressed.
  • Active window lost focus after waiting before executing a hotkey.
  • "Maximize all" randomly activated another window.
  • Icon was not yellow if asking before executing "Hide application" or "Hide window".
  • "Send keys to window" was too quick and sometimes missed shift keys.
  • Start automatically at Windows startup.

Hoekey v1.22

webfork on 22 Dec 2015
  • 51KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by nevemark

HoeKey lets you assign most keys on your keyboard to various different actions. You can use it to run programs, control window actions, create and run aliases, hide/unhide windows, or even use it as a portable launcher.

Configuration is done in a text file access by Edit Config.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Download the the latest version of HoeKey from the homepage and overwrite the existing HoeKey.exe file
  3. Launch HoeKey.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Clavier+, X-HotkeyP, Slickrun, TyperTask, HotKeyz
What's new?
  • Added %z in strings to get current directory of first selected file (%Z for url-encoded).
  • Fixed not copying first char of define.
Latest comments
BGM on 2015-11-02 15:54

Oh - forgot - with HoeKey you also get a little panel that lists all of the hotkeys you assigned. That's really handy.

freakazoid on 2015-11-02 18:11

This used to be one of my favorite programs back in the day! :)

webb on 2015-11-03 04:01

It's now at version 2.0

Add string aliases, *foo=something to define, ~N=MsgBox|Some text:%{foo} to use.
Add SetBrightness command. e.g. ~N=SetBrightness||Absolute Value (0-100)|Relative Value (-100 - 100). Requires Vista or newer.
Remove RunAlias command.

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Splat v1.1.8

Midas on 4 Mar 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 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)

Category:
Runs on: 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 the ability to create a profile shortcut in your startup folder. Right-click a profile and choose the option from the menu.
  • Fixed: Context menu did not work for reordering profiles.

a023.gif Applause for "Best new portable freeware of 2015" !
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 v1.5.0

I am Baas on 8 Dec 2015
  • 166KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jun 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.

Category:
Runs on: 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?
  • Addition of a skin system.
  • Addition of the event attribute.
  • Addition of the variables section to define internal variables.
  • Addition of the clipboard variables.
  • Addition of the %config% variable.
  • Improvement of the file notification system.
  • Fix memory leak when reloading the configuration.
  • Avoid error when a percent character is not forming a variable.
  • Avoir error when loading a config file with an empty group.

Full changelog at https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/releases.
Latest comments
Shadeclan on 2015-07-03 17:22

Current PortAL version is now 1.5 as of 22 Jun 2015.

Although I am not the developer, I've been doing some user testing for him and I might be able to help some of you with issues.

veyselcelik: I looked at the message you posted and that comes up when the configuration file has an error. You might try restoring the default file and see if the message goes away.

Proteanic: The app icons are appearing just fine in my configuration. You may want to go out to the Obsidev/GUIPro Issues section of GitHub and report the problem - the developer may be able to resolve your problem. Personally, I find that explicitly pointing to the icon in the config file usually takes care of any issues of that sort.

A friend of mine wanted to try PortAL but couldn't get it to run. The current version of PortAL needs the Microsoft Visual Studio Redistributable package installed to work (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784) but the developer has agreed to compile the necessary binaries into the installation package so that users should not need to install the Re-distro package in the next release.

The developer has added the ability to create user-defined variables inside the configuration file, which has been a big convenience for me. He has also created some cool new skins which can be changed within the PortAL tag in the config file, along with the ability for users to make their own skins. A local help file which explains how to configure PortAL is not included in v1.5 but will be included in the next release. Until then, you can find configuration help here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/wiki/PortAL-Configuration

I discovered a few issues during user testing which will be fixed in the next release. My user testing notes can be seen here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/issues/13. The developer is very responsive - feel free to give observations, report bugs or make comments in the obsidev / guipro issues section of GitHub.

Checker on 2015-07-03 18:33

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)

webfork on 2015-07-03 19:34

Shadeclan: Thanks for the data. See response in forums.

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Pretty Run v8.2.0.6

webfork on 8 Apr 2016
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2015
  • Suggested by lautrepay

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.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
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 the file prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Use Universal Extractor on this file, saving to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor
  5. Under [Options], add the following line:

    Portable=1

  6. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
What's new?
  • Added engine to search GDrive.
  • Added engine to search OneDrive.
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 www.donationcoder.com) 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.

Midas on 2014-06-02 11:13

Pretty Run changelog hasn't been updated since v6.1.0.17 (http://www.pretty-software.com/prettyrunhistory.txt)...

Ganamyde on 2014-06-04 04:15

Avoid-ware.
Installs adware and spyware in background.

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μStart v1.5.3

webfork on 7 Dec 2014
  • 148KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Replika

uStart is a lightweight, minimalistic program launcher with a small program size and limited features (no drag and drop) but a very small program size.

Note: Although the homepage is in German, the program is in English.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch uStart.exe.
What's new? fixed some bugs in configuration and UI
Latest comments
hK on 2008-08-26 13:03

I replaced my U3 Launch-thingie with this. I've been a happier man ever since.. :)

PSquid on 2010-10-20 10:03

@a: "Most content of this web site is or will be in english language."
No need to use Google translate or anything like that.

Midas on 2012-11-13 14:34

Lean and mean x32 tray menu launcher, let down only by the lack of further development (seemingly ended in 2010) and drag'n'drop support -- uStart is a single 78 KB executable, and IMHO it's on par with PStart. Recommended.

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Launcher v2.1.0

webfork on 17 Oct 2014

Launcher is a personal shortcut manager that can launch files and programs. In "Manage Items" mode, it is possible to configure shortcuts by dragging files from an Explorer window and then dropping them into Launcher. Supports an unlimited number of user-defined subfolders and item shortcuts.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
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. Edit muc.ini to read:

    [Misc]
    DataAccess=app

  4. Launch one of the following based on your OS:
Win9x - NT: Launcher_32b_W9xNT4.exe
Win2000 and above (32-bit): Launcher_32b_W2K.exe
Any 64-bit: Launcher_64b_W2K.exe
What's new?
  • Some important bug fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
mehtuus on 2008-06-02 01:55

It should be noted that if you do not change the *default* settings for "Always show in system tray" (Preferences...>Miscellaneous), the program will add to your registry:
============================================================
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-981525854-1381673208-3913934247-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"
============================================================

Upon closing, Launcher seems to always check your registry. If the box IS checked it will make sure that the above is in your registry. If the box is NOT checked it will make sure that the above is not in your registry.

P2011 on 2011-08-28 16:08

PStart is so much more portable, simple and focused to the task.

prizm1 on 2011-11-12 17:38

Portable Application Launcher includes all the features this launcher has plus many, many more.

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SE-TrayMenu v1.5.6

billon on 24 Apr 2018
  • 418KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Nov 2013
  • Suggested by chadross

SE-TrayMenu provides quick access to most frequently used applications and system commands via a customizable popup menu. Add frequently used elements to your system tray including applications, installed programs, and links using drag and drop. Completely customizable view with lots of pre-defined layouts and color schemes, as well as global hotkeys.

Note: program development stopped.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .NET Framework 2.0
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SE-TrayMenu.exe.
What's new?
  • Added support of keyboard navigation in opened tray menu.
  • Now links can be automatically sorted by name.
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2018-04-23 21:32

Website is a 404 error.

webfork on 2018-04-23 23:08

PAFuser: thanks, updated

billon on 2018-04-24 01:09

@PAFuser:
http://se-soft.com/lang/en/

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Portable Application Launcher v3.1.12.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Portable Application Launcher organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It's accessed via the system tray or user-defined hotkeys. Several styles and some languages are included. It can also be used as a portable desktop. PAL is capable of automatically installing PortableApps.com Format (PAF) applications, as well as many entries here on PortableFreeware. An included browser for downloading apps can be used with Universal Extractor and a simplistic updater module.

The program includes several extras not included in other launcher programs including favorites bar, "most-used apps" menu, file manager & search, simple RSS & iCal readers, timer, and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Note: Main site currently offline. Linking to Softpedia (thanks Baas).

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Launch.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Launchx64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • 64bit-Version included.
  • Plugin: Heatmap (Java).
  • Spanish translation updated.
  • Improved Truecrypt support.
Latest comments
abc on 2013-01-20 19:45

Unfortunately the website and download links are not accessible: "403 Forbidden" and "404 Not found" errors.

ahaider7 on 2013-04-05 10:01

This is THE BEST portable launcher I have found so far with tons of features and customizations. Sadly, it looks like development has been discontinued. The website is down and there hasn't been an update since long :(

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Sh'elf v1.00.0013

webfork on 10 Nov 2019
  • 410KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Nov 2012
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Sh'elf is an on-demand window that functions just like your regular desktop, complete with drag-and-drop capability. Program supports relative (portable) paths for customizable image viewing, text editor, command shell, etc., as well as interface options such as stay-on-top and tray icon.

Good for alternate shells or quick access to another directory as an alternate desktop.

NOTE: Both 32 and 64-bit versions are contained in the download. Site offline, linking to softpedia and archive.org.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCRT.DLL (included by default on XP and above)
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch and then immediately close shelf32.exe or shelf64.exe
  3. Edit shelf.ini and change the following:

    convertlinks=TRUE
    savefolder=FALSE
    folder=..\


    Note: The Folder= setting may be set to any path (e.g. c:\mydesk, z:\network, etc.), but the above setting puts the desktop as the same directory that contains the Sh'elf program

  4. Launch and close shelf32.exe (for 32-bit OS) or shelf64.exe (for 64-bit OS)
Latest comments
SauceSqotch on 2011-05-25 15:13

This looked cool, but its not what I thought it was. the description is (partially) accurate, you can't move icons around via drag and drop, doesn't support custom background images, and only one window.

jessharpur on 2014-11-14 02:12

The download link gives an File Not Found error. There are now two separate zips, one for 32bit and one for 64.

webfork on 2014-11-16 18:55

jessharpur: updated, thanks for the note

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KuShellExtension v0.04

webfork on 19 Jun 2016
  • 317KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Feb 2010
  • Suggested by lautrepay

KuShellExtension is an extension that adds custom entries into context menu (a.k.a. shell menu) in some applications like Windows Explorer. The program is highly configurable by a simple configuration file in XML format. It can generate submenus and display icons, which cannot be done by modifying registry.

Supports both x86 and x64 systems

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights (to write to the registry to register the shell extension).
Stealth: ? Yes. Click on uninstall.cmd to deregister the shell extension when finished using KuShellExtension.
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the 7Z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Use the file install.cmd to register the shell extensions. Then use your favorite text editor to open config.xml and edit it by following this guide.
Similar/alternative apps: Open++
What's new?
  • Added some additional options to restrict the displayed menu entries.
    • // "drive": drives
    • // "drive:removable": removable drives
    • // "drive:fixed": fixed drives
    • // "drive:network": network drives
    • // "drive:optical": optical drives
    • // "drive:ramdisk": network drives
    • // "at:PATH": the file at PATH
    • // "in:DIR": the file in DIR
  • Many bug fixes.
Latest comments
webb on 2015-11-03 04:45

Also, if anybody is still interested, I've tracked down the (hopefully) original example configuration file to this address: https://gist.github.com/JackieKu/437200

TP109 on 2015-11-03 07:31

@webb. Good work and interesting points made by yourself and the developer. Now we know why no documentation exists on SF. More might use this if a detailed overview was available describing what it does and its usefulness compared to similar apps.

Midas on 2015-11-03 15:11

@webb: excellent work!

Would it too much to ask you to repost the author's reply to KuShellExtension official forum topic -- which I have just added?

BTW, author's binary repo includes both 32 and 64-bit Mingw and VC2013 versions, up to release #37 (dated 2014-05-27)...

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Famulus v1.00.5b

smaragdus on 7 Feb 2017
  • 760KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dmg

Famulus is a simple file and application launcher, and Windows Run replacement. Press and hold the numpad * key for a fraction of a second to bring up a text prompt. Type a predefined custom command and hit the Enter key to run an associated file, folder, application or website.

Written in AutoHotkey.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Famulus.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Run-Command
What's new?
  • Fixed two significant bugs in how the activation key works.
Latest comments
Cornflower on 2012-04-06 13:58

I added the commands famulus and "famulus ini" to manually add/edit commands and settings (and use the mouse less). This is a great find. Thanks, dmg.

guinness on 2012-05-24 23:15

@loner - How many times do we have to tell you, don't flood the comments section with irrelevant comments. Use the Forum please.

Cornflower on 2019-02-14 10:29

For those interested, I continue to use Famulus on Windows 10, both Home and Corporate editions.

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TrayLauncher v2.6.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

TrayLauncher is a program launcher that stays in the system tray helping you access your files and/or programs much faster. It also features a powerful "Run" dialog box and keyboard support.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download TrayLauncher.zip full package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TrayLauncher.exe.
What's new? [2012-05-19] v2.6.0
new release with xml format(using pugixml), to support more features. New features will be added if no bugs found in xml release.

[2012-02-12] v2.5.2
[TrayLauncher]
Added : display language version in language menu.
Added : updated default command example.

[2012-01-05] v2.5.1
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : run dialog position not saved on system shutdown or user logout.

[2012-01-03] v2.5.0
[TrayLauncher]
Added : run dialog match command name not only (but prefer) from beginning.
Added : run dialog try to execute when user click enter.(the list refreshes on each type, may be improved later.)
Added : remember run dialog position in setting file.
Added : new command line --sid=<session-id>, --ini=<setting-file>, for running multiple instances.
Fixed : do not disable the menu item any more if run failed, could be a UAC cancel.

[2011-12-15] v2.4.2
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : Holding Ctrl to run as admin should work for mouse click too.
Fixed : error message not displayed if cancel run as admin in run dialog.
Fixed : files not listed if directory has variables in run dialog.
Fixed : error while run non-executable file in run dialog.
Added : vs2008 project file.
Added : remove history if run command failed.
Added : type ":exit" to exit traylauncher.

Latest comments
dZon on 2010-11-11 22:15

Really good for me ! Freeware, Open Source, Light, customizable... I like it for my portable applications. I'm waiting impatiently the gui editor. Thanks Chao !

TP109 on 2012-05-20 18:46

Responsive and light on resources. However, there is no one-click feature to easily remove entries from the interface.

Shadeclan on 2012-06-01 15:00

My Win XP installation has toolbar problems - the toolbars take upwards of 15 seconds to initialize and often need to reinitialize during the day; probably some strange conflict with my antivirus software. To compensate, I've been looking for a good application launcher that allows me to group / subgroup the shortcuts and I think I've found it with Tray Launcher.
It takes very little time to initialize on my system and the menus always come up instantly, unlike some other application launchers I've tried. The skin functionality is attractive - I liked the "Office" skin particularly - and creating custom skins or changing existing skins appears to be very straightforward, although the documentation is somewhat incomplete. The provided menu editor does take some getting used to and the hotkey functionality seems to have some issues (I'm using HotKeyP and there may be some sort of conflict) but otherwise, this is just what I've been looking for.
If you try this program and are also having problems with the HotKeys, set up a hotkey or shortcut that simply calls the app. This duplicates the "ShowMenuAtMouse" functionality.
As of 01 Jun 2012, the documentation needs a lot of updating but the creator of the app is very much on top of maintaining it and has told me that he will be revising it soon.
Tray Launcher is a work in progress but is already a solid and attractive app and is very much worth using, especially if you're having the same problems with toolbars as I do.

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Colibri v17a

Checker on 15 Mar 2014
  • 989KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Maurice

Colibri allows you to launch Start Menu applications, Control Panel applets, and Internet Explorer favorites using the keyboard. Simply type [Ctrl-Space] and the first few characters of the application name or favorites title and you will see a list of possible options to choose from.

Note: Colibri always connects to leetspeak.org on startup. If you can find a way to disable this, please post in forums.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder C:\Program Files\Colibri, checking "Enable Portable Mode" during installation
  2. Copy all files (except uninstall.exe) to a folder of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. Launch Colibri.exe
Latest comments
Refefer on 2008-01-28 15:15

This is a fantastic launcher that I've grown perhaps too dependent on. Really speeds up launching programs. If you like to type, this is the program for you.

Ratatosk on 2009-09-22 12:33

I beg to differ. This launcher is diabolical.

Midas on 2012-04-20 14:05

It's a shame Colibri's development has stopped, it's an amazing product. The dedicated Google Group is still accessible and has a few valuable tips, if anyone's interested:
http://groups.google.com/group/colibri-talk

Also not mentioned at the site is the fact that Colibri is now OSS (source is hosted @ https://github.com/catch22/colibri) and has been looking for a new team for more than a year (http://stillmaintained.com/catch22/colibri)...

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Porta'Menu v1.0.4.1

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

Porta'Menu is a small menu launcher that supports relative paths for portable use. You can arrange the menu items in any order, as well as categorize them under different program groups. It has an optional anti-virus/spyware feature to check an EXE against its hash signature for changes and/or tampering before launch.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware (Donations Accepted)
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PortaMenu.exe.
Latest comments
Homer on 2010-08-03 11:53

That is a good hint 1way. But is there a trick to make it launch a web address?

1way on 2010-08-03 14:34

Sure Homer. For portability I use Browzar for private trackless surfing, put this in your .bat file: browzar http://www.1way.ws If you want to use Internet Explorer use: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.1way.ws (I'm using XP, if you use a different OS adjust the path to IE accordingly, the downside is the link then becomes OS dependent.)

Homer on 2010-08-11 13:20

Thanks 1way. It works well provided that the browser is in Porta'Menu's foder.

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Cherbox v2.6

webfork on 14 Sep 2017
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 2011
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Cherbox (formerly BBox) unites several different components including a program launcher, file organizer, as well as bookmark management and password manager tool. The window allows you to organize elements into drag-and-drop categories and hierarchical grouping to reduce clutter.

Note: The program has an internal password generator and can be password-protected.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CherBox.exe.
What's new?
  • fixed bug: “Underline” setting invalid
  • Added support docs
Latest comments
Midas on 2011-11-07 14:46

@CB13RY: from my quick checking, it seems that if you run the portable version once, it creates a 'Settings.ini' file in the application folder; you can edit this file with any text editor to change the paths included -- I was able to change from absolute path to filename only...

Midas on 2011-11-07 14:47

BTW, current version is now 2.3 -- please update.

lautrepay on 2011-11-08 01:29

@Midas: Updated, thanks.

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Lacuna Launcher v1.0.0

webfork on 20 Nov 2015
  • 462KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Dec 2008
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Lacuna Launcher uses a single shortcut with a list of files to open all at once. Applications (.exe), shortcuts (.lnk), internet shortcuts (.url), images, music, movies, etc.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware (Donationware)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Open the included list.txt file in a text editor and make a list with the paths to files you want to open, placing one per line (no limit)
  3. Launch ll.exe
Programs start in the same order that they appear in the list

Note: Command-line options are available to give you more control over timing of the launches and the ability to create multiple lists and specify which you would like to use. To launch files with command line parameters, create a shortcut with the parameters set, and use the path to the shortcut file (.lnk) in the list, instead of a direct path to the application.
Similar/alternative apps: Splat
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jonezrin on 2012-05-10 14:38

Been using this app for a few years and it's great. I work part time at 3 different jobs and have a list created for each office. Run the appropriate command line first thing in the morning and all the programs/files I need for the day are loaded and ready to go.

Joe on 2015-02-02 14:35

A good simple alternative to Splat if you are only interested in launching programs.

You can create separate lists for programs you want to launch together, e.g. one for office work, one for graphic design, etc, etc. You can create a list of all your favorite programs and make them start with Windows. Does not remain open or resident in memory once all programs are launched.

Altogether a very useful program.

Tested and works in Windows 8.1 x64 too.

TP109 on 2015-11-17 01:33

Very useful and simple tool for launching programs, opening folders, URLs, etc. with a shortcut. Launch lists use a text file so it's super easy to modify lists quickly and easily with the default txt editor.

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8start Launcher v3.0

billon on 8 Mar 2019
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by Andy Goh

8start Launcher is an application launcher that organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It can be accessed via the system tray, user-defined hotkey or middle mouse button, and helps to keep your desktop clean. It is fully-skinnable with transparent PNG support.

NOTE: Website is down, linking to Archive.org.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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 8start.exe.
What's new?
  • Drag and drop feature added. You can add in the button easily by drag the icon from Desktop, Start Menu, Windows Explorer and even Browser.
Latest comments
JSSSX on 2019-08-28 08:12

For those in the same case where 8Start cannot launch anymore :
- You must uninstall the very last windows update KB4512508 and suspend windows updates.

Not the big deal, but you can still have it working for a few months.

Also, check LaunchBar Commander from DonationCoder, it seems the best alternative.

JSSSX on 2019-08-29 06:34

Last detail :
invalid procedure call error is brought to almost all VB6 apps since the last Windows 10 Update KB4512508

With some luck, there will be a fix and 8Start would come back to life then, but when ?...

JSSSX on 2019-09-01 02:56

https://support.microsoft.com/fr-fr/help/4512941/windows-10-update-kb4512941

KB4512941 is out on 30th of August and fixing VB6 issues, should fix 8start start up as well.

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Svift v1.1

joby_toss on 7 Dec 2014

Svift is a lightweight application launcher. Type a few letters to find applications on your Start menu or access online services such as search and email.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Svift.exe.
What's new? v1.1

By popular request from Svift users under Windows 7, the shortcut key has been changed from Win+Space (which conflicted with Aero Peek) to Win+Enter.
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2011-04-18 05:08

It appears that you can't. It's a simple launcher that parses your Start Menu. Can configure some websites as well, but that appears to be it.

Emka on 2014-12-06 14:32

links broken

Midas on 2014-12-07 15:48

Site and download links have been removed by author.

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JauntePE v0.6.0 Alpha

webfork on 21 Mar 2020
  • 799KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by redllar

JauntePE is a suite of tools that allows you to make applications portable by virtualizing access to the filesystem and registry.

For discussion and support, please visit JauntPE Sourceforge web forum or our two JauntPE dedicated forums -- JauntePE Discussion and JauntePE Launchers.

Category:
Runs on: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL v3
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch JauntePE.exe.
What's new?
  • At redllar's request, I have updated this entry to point to the latest version of JauntePE and its new home/forum at SourceForge.net.
Latest comments
rbon on 2014-09-18 15:22

Portable JauntePE 0.6.6 Beta
- web site: http://www.portable-jauntepe.com-about.com/
- download page: http://www.portable-jauntepe.com-about.com/download.html
- direct download: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jauntepe/files/JauntePE060Nightly.zip/download
The link above download the file JauntePE060Nightly.zip and if You unzip it and see changelog.txt:
- gui's file version to 0.6.4
- runtime's file version to 0.6.6
Author is Redlar.

olliebean on 2016-01-01 17:19

Seems like this doesn't work any more in Windows 10. Although apps portablised using it in previous versions of Windows still seem to work OK.

Key Liune on 2018-10-10 11:53

JauntePE downloaded, just want to try it) I am a fan of portable apps!!!
I have experience Molbox, but this is no longer supported. Then he switched to Boxedapp. These programs are very cool!

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ControlPad v0.72

webfork on 5 Sep 2016
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by modussn

ControlPad turns the numeric keypad on your keyboard into a Windows command execution system. You may configure any alphanumeric code to: Execute any program, open any document, open any web address or send any series of keystrokes to the operating system.

Written in AutoHotkey.

Category:
Runs on: WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ControlPad.exe.
Latest comments
webfork on 2010-10-27 20:48

It certainly got a lot of press as an impressive tool but I was unable to test it.

There's a "laptop mode" on this one that doesn't use the numpad but it still refuses to use anything except the F10 through F12 keys and those are currently mapped to something else.

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Windows In A Box v2.0

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 250KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

Windows In A Box gives access to Windows XP settings and applications ordinarily hidden from user access without a lot of digging or sub-menus. This program provides them in a simpler menu-bar format.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP
Writes settings to: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Window`s In A Box.exe.
Latest comments
kermik on 2010-07-20 06:39

As I've also said to the originator of this program - very useful but the language is really bad (like when was Window's (plural) = Windows) - or is it a way to not infringe on any copyright issues?

Dan on 2010-07-22 09:27

Trend Micro blocks the download link, listed as 'malicious'. anyone else have this problem?

Midas on 2012-07-10 13:19

Links are dead... :(

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Launchy v2.5

Checker on 28 Dec 2015
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Apr 2010
  • Suggested by blaumag

Launchy is a keystroke-based program launcher. It indexes the shortcuts in the start menu and other user-specified folder, and attempts to match the partial substring you enter with the list of items in its index. When you run Launchy, it is completely hidden. You activate it by pressing [Alt-Space], and dismiss it by pressing [Esc].

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
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 Launchy.exe
What's new?
  • Added Simon Capewell as a developer. This release owes quite a lot to him.
  • Faster performance.
  • Icons displayed correctly.
  • Environment variables updated correctly when system changes.
  • Controly includes more items.
  • New shortcut keys.
  • New controls:
    - Shift+tab or Shift+bkspc deletes previous tab.
    - Shift+Ctrl+Enter launches in elevated mode (Vista and Win7).
    - Down arrow shows history (when there is no current search text).
  • Default skin built into executable in case no other skin is found.
  • Down arrow.
  • Launchy now has an icon in the system tray.
  • Skins are simplified and easier to create.
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Mike.S.G. on 2010-04-06 22:18

It looks as if Lupo's UniExtractor (1.6) is having troubles with the latest Launchy executable v2.5.

"Signature detected: Inno Setup Setup Data (5.3.8)
This is not directly supported, but i'll try to unpack it as version 5306
; Version detected: 5308
Unpacking failed. This version is not supported."

Mike.S.G. on 2010-04-07 03:50

This is how I fixed the problem...

I use Lupo's Universal Extractor - get the latest (v1.6 R8) updated Jan, 23, 2010. One problem, 'InnoUnp' is only @ 0.28, so you will need to get the latest 'innounp.exe' and update the \bin folder. This will do the trick, 'Launchy2.5.exe' can be extracted.

Lupo's Universal Extractor (Universal_Extractor.exe)(1.6 R8)
...http://www.lupopensuite.com/db/universalextractor.htm

Inno Setup Unpacker (innounp029.rar) - (0.29)
...http://sourceforge.net/projects/innounp/files/

Ennovy on 2017-01-06 13:42

During the setup you can select portable installation. Delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat.
Launch Launchy.exe

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Key Launch v2.0

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Key Launch is a keyword-based program launcher. It creates an index of the files in a list of user-defined folders that allow you can quickly locate and launch any application or document by pressing Ctrl-Q. It also supports aliases, special commands (eg. http:, mailto:, callto: etc.) and a built-in calculator.

Portability: The program provides an \utils subfolder indexed automatically by default. You may optionally edit folder.ini to include relative paths or drive-less absolute paths for scanning. Use the variable, %drive%, to create portable aliases. More info.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
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 keylaunch.exe
Latest comments
Wolfghost on 2010-02-02 14:04

Here is version 2.0:

http://tinyurl.com/yd3flhb

freakazoid on 2010-04-04 18:11

Hmm, could we have a new contender in the program launchers category and give Executor some competition?

Will give this a try.

freakazoid on 2010-04-04 18:19

Okay, just took a look at the features list. It doesn't offer hotkey support to launch programs like Executor does. But the program is quite powerful, just not as powerful as Executor ;)

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WinBar v2.0.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 376KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Darkbee

WinBar is a system monitoring utility that provides information on CPU, memory, hard disk, battery etc. in a collapsible bar located at the top of the screen. It has various modules that you can enable/disable that provides access to a wide range of functions, including email, news, network time synchronization, application launcher etc.

WinBar is available in 32 and 64 bit editions.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GPL v3
How to extract:
  • Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  • Delete $R0 file, $PLUGINSDIR and $APPDATA folders
  • Launch WinBar.exe
  • Right-click on the bar to configure for portability
Latest comments
Technomancer on 2008-03-13 11:59

Nice neat utility. I can keep an eye on the CPU usage and see if it seems excessive.
Needs to have a similar display for HDD activity.

Wolfghost on 2010-02-05 17:33

New home: http://sourceforge.net/projects/winbar/

Billy Bob on 2010-04-05 23:44

Look at Glint as an alternate, it shows CPU, disk and more

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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.

Category:
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
Latest comments
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.

Category:
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
Latest comments
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

@Napiophelios
Entry updated.

Napiophelios on 2018-05-29 23:43

Thanks smaragdus :)

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Windows 7 in a box v1.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

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.

Category:
Runs on: Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the RAR package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Windows 7 in a Box.exe.
Latest comments
Emka on 2011-12-26 10:33

website seems to be down

Midas on 2012-06-22 13:29

Links are still dead: maybe guiness and joby_toss should downvote it to make it private...

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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.

Category:
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.
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/ToolBox--Review-75011.shtml

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.

Category:
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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SWAZZ v1.2

webfork on 28 Jan 2019
  • 29KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jul 2008
  • Suggested by Cornflower

SWAZZ is an extremely lightweight utility with more than 20 functions. The program includes a system monitor, tetris game, calculator, temperature converter, command prompt shortcut, browser address bar, Google search bar, transparent clock, live sunclock wallpaper, daylight zone simulator, quick menu function, ODBC ping tool, quick SQL client, quick screenshot, alarm tool, thermometer, mail notifier, mail previewer, LAN messenger, popup killer for IE, desktop painter and map services.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: EXE file
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SWAZZ.EXE.
Latest comments
francisks on 2007-12-15 03:28

weird thing! but i like it and it works without problems.
you have to get used to it to realize that it works properly: e.g. right-clicking means "closing".
some of the functions are quite useful the others can be disabled ;-)

Fox Cole on 2008-03-04 09:00

Okay, I can't figure out how to access the .exe launcher function (is that the Z'Menu in the setup dialog? what is Zero-Zero-Menu?) nor the browser search bar or Google search bar. I discovered I could type into the system monitor box, but it doesn't launch a search... unless this app only supports Internet Explorer. The active browser is Firefox.

The Z'Panel (I assume that's what appears in the top left corner of the display) is very difficult to activate, especially when I'm using dual monitors and the mouse pointer pops too easily over to the second monitor, which is on the left in my setup.

I'm not sure what Swazz Z'Star is, either. It appears to do nothing when I select it.

Also, the command line won't stay in the directory I change to. I'm running SWAZZ portably on WinXP SP2. My portable drive is F: today. If I tell it to cd back to the C drive, it does that but pops right back into the F drive... so I'm at the F command prompt instead of C, no matter what I do.

Fox Cole on 2008-03-06 06:33

It helps to read the Readme file packed with the application. :blush:

So that takes care of everything above except the difficulty of activating the menu (not Z'Panel) on a dual monitor, and the command line directory problem.
(WinXP Pro SP2)

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Open Menu+ v1.5.6

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Open Menu+ is a program launcher with a quick search feature for rapidly locating the application or file you need. You configure the base folders where all your portable apps/docs are kept, and the launcher will let you navigate through all the subfolders and launch apps/docs as desired, while automatically remembering the most recent apps/docs that you have launched.

Note: Main website offline, linking to softpedia.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to a folder of your choice

    This will create autorun.inf and three subfolders: OpenMenu+, PortableApps and Documents. Application files are located in the OpenMenu+ subfolder. Launch OpenMenuPlus.exe

  2. Select Computer, OpenMenu+ Settings. Under Paths, Programs Paths, change the path to indicate where you normally store your portable apps (e.g. C:\portable)
  3. Select Computer, Refresh lists and the "Programs" icon should now display all the subfolders in your portable application folder

Optionally: You can save a substantial amount of disk space if you delete some skin folders found under the skins[/i] subfolder.
Similar/alternative apps: PortableApps Platform
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my.name on 2009-06-03 10:16

once the icon in the tray is clicked, the menu is there all the time instead of fading away.

is there any option to automatically hide it after a number of seconds?

Emka on 2013-12-18 06:30

website down

webfork on 2013-12-22 19:28

Emka: thanks, updated

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RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by USBman

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha-blended program launcher that resembles the "dock" found in Mac OS X. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, multi-monitor support, running application indicators, compatibility with most dock skin format, relative path support etc.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of drive-less absolute path (eg. \docs\personal\work.doc without the drive letter)
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. Create a blank file called Settings.ini in that folder
  4. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files and skins
  5. Launch RocketDock.exe
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Gmacri on 2010-09-22 17:41

Somebody know if there will be a program update?

webfork on 2010-09-23 17:14

Gmacri: looks like the last release was the "final" one. You might try emailing the authors.

giulia on 2013-10-31 19:06

No Stealth
it creates this folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\StackDocklet

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radialM v1.9

webfork on 5 Sep 2016
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by senfi

radialM allows you to manage your machine using radial menus (also known as pie-menu) and pull-down menus. These can be invoked using a mouse button, mouse combinations (rocket gestures) or hotkeys. You can configure each command to do almost anything, from launching an application, to sending keystrokes to a running application, to invoking another command.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP or 7-ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch radialm.exe.
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Midas on 2013-07-25 12:13

@Cattleya: probably because latest version was released in 2007 -- but since it is GPLed, feel free to update it, if you can... ;)

I am Baas on 2013-07-25 12:23

Aha, the Midas challenge... 1st prize?

Midas on 2013-07-25 13:40

I really wish I was a man for the job -- but to each, his own... :)

1st Prize: undying recognition from TPFC and the Internet at large? 3:)

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PStart v2.11

webfork on 28 Jul 2014

PStart is an easy-to-use system tray program launcher with a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications and documents, much like the Windows "Start" menu. Includes support for drag-and-drop program management, customizable look and feel, program auto and scheduled start, search, and much more.

Unlike many other launchers, PStart automatically uses relative paths when adding applications and documents, so portability is automatically preserved when changing drive letters as long as the applications and documents are located in the same drive as PStart.

Note: 64-bit OS users may wish to use this in a compatibility mode.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install using the "Portable setup" option to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch PStart.exe
Additional notes from the author (Jens Gruschel): "The installer has a combo box with all removable drives listed. But if you click the [Next] button, you can select any folder you want, so there is no need to copy the file afterwards (which you can do of course). I added this combo box, because I thought that most people would install it to a USB stick (in fact I wrote the program because I wanted such a tool for my USB stick). But since I also like programs located on my D: drive, I didn't want to limit it to removable drives."
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_joepie_ on 2012-04-15 00:11

@webfork: problem solved;
This is what happened, I had a version of PStart from 4 years ago running on my PC at the D-drive.
When I installed the newest version of PStart on my E-drive I replaced the old version of PStart on the D-drive at the same time, however only the menu of the E-drive was working.
After your last comment that I should work, I completely removed PStart from the D-drive and reinstalled it again.
Now everything works fine, I think that some remains of the old Pstart menu was interfering..does not matter anymore, I got what I want..!!
Great, thanks a lot Webfork...
_joepie_ makes a deep bow for WF.. :)

webfork on 2012-09-22 19:54

The program does indeed have minor problems on Win7: I frequently have to restart in order to get to the "Panel" view. Based on developer activity to date, we are unlikely to see an update to fix this.

albert on 2017-04-12 22:18

The best launcher I've never used. It works very well in Windows 10, and only in 769KB.
I've love it very much.

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Y'z Dock v0.8.3

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dot

Y'z Dock is a program launcher that looks like the dock in Mac OS X. To add icons, drag-and-drop a file from Explorer to the dock area. To delete icons, drag-and-drop the icon out of the dock. To remove a separator, press [Ctrl] plus drag-and-drop the separator out of the dock. Right-click on the dock gives you the context menu. Y'z Dock supports relative paths, though it does not automatically use relative paths when you add a file.

Note: This is a beta application that is no longer being developed by the author. The original language of the application is Japanese, but you are given a choice between English and Japanese when you first run the application.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch YzDock.exe.
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'Los on 2006-12-07 14:46

I use RKLauncher. I THINK it picks up where Y'z left off. It's still being developed as far as I know, but it hasn't been updated since I started using it a year ago. It supports relative paths too, but doesn't use them by default.

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Hidden Menu v2.2R2

webfork on 24 Nov 2019

Hidden Menu creates an invisible menu only visible when the mouse is moved over a section of your screen (by default the bottom-right). A user-defined menu pops up allowing you to launch applications, files and shortcuts. You can also drag-and-drop applications directly to this menu, which can hold multiple columns as well as labeled separators.

Category:
Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HiddenMenu.exe.
Latest comments
Mooncrow on 2011-08-19 17:39

This could be a nice 'Pendrive Menu' but I've had problems with lost menu data.
Also, it would be nice if, when set up with 2 or 3 different menus, you don't have to jump from the left to the right or top, bottom or the corners, to access a different menu. Perhaps using 'CTRL' or 'ALT' or 'Shift' etc together with the mouse might give the menu a bit more flexibility.

Mainly though, I would say sort out the stability problem of lost info.

Mooncrow on 2011-08-19 17:44

Oh, just another thing.
When you try to get to the 'Hidden Menu Homepage' from the 'Info' tab within the program, you get a web site, [http://home.i-cable.com/lokinwai/], which seems to be Chinese.

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