"Computers are getting more sophisticated; our demands and expectations are rising. Because of this, we often face two major problems when launching and executing programs. The first problem occurs as the number of programs installed on a computer increases. It becomes more and more difficult to find your required program in the crowded Windows Start menu. Your cluttered Desktop, with its bewildering assortment of dozens of motley icons, is no longer an effective shortcut to your software. Even the Quick Launch panel becomes almost useless when it no longer has enough room for all of those handy program icons. The second problem with today's busy computers is related to multi-tasking, where several programs appear to be running at the same time. You will often work with several programs, each launched in its own window. Some of these applications (for example, Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer) will also launch a new instance in a new window each time they open a new document. The size of your monitor screen is limited and so the windows of several running applications will start to overlap as they compete for your attention. It soon becomes impossible to see all of the running programs in the confusing mass of open windows. Switching between applications does little to help. Task Commander solves these problems. Use Task Commander's self-configuring menu to find and start any program quickly, often with just one mouse click. That solves the first problem. Use Task Commander to switch quickly and easily to any window of your running applications. That solves the second problem. Task Commander has several other unique and handy features. It can perform a variety of window operations (minimize, maximize, close, etc.) on an application. It can perform them on a specific window or on all of the windows owned by the application. It will even perform the window operations simultaneously on all currently running applications." Evaluation period: 30 days.
Taskbar Executive 1.20 "Taskbar Executive is a program that finally does something about your pre-xp taskbar. It will let you launch programs faster and easier than before. But most importantly of all, it addresses the issue of 'taskbar clutter'" » 16.03.2001 - 1,4 MB - ME/2K - Adware
Red Button 2.10 Red Button is a useful system tool that provides quick access to many of your computer's controls » 27.03.2001 - 32.69 KB - 98/ME/2K - Free
Hidden Menu 2.2 Rev 2Softoogle's Pick! Just move your mouse to the bottom right corner of your screen, and a hidden menu pops up, allowing you to launch your programs » 18.11.2001 - 373.25 KB - 98/ME/XP - Free
PaneKiller 1.45Softoogle's Pick! PaneKiller gives you easy, configurable, menu-like access to every document and application available on your computer, all from the Windows taskbar. Can serve as a substitute for the 'Start' button, significantly enhancing its capabilities » 19.11.2001 - 349 KB KB - 98/ME/XP - Shareware, $10
AzureTray 2.2 RE Lets you quickly launch frequently used applications and documents. Places shortcuts to your favorite applications (and documents) in the System Tray » 02.04.2002 - 110 KB - 98/ME/XP - Shareware, $
Meta Launcher 1.45 Lets you access every file on your computer through a menu that will pop up when you click the Meta Launcher Start button » 09.04.2002 - 880 KB - 98/ME/2K/XP - Shareware, $
FastOpen XP Gold 2.2 FastOpen XP Gold can serve as a complete replacement for the Start menu. It lets you create submenus that are fully customizable » 18.05.2002 - 690 KB - 98/ME/XP - Shareware, $24.95
Hotkey Genius 1.5 beta A utility that lets you quickly launch programs, open folders and files, by pressing hotkeys. Can be configured to be used by multiple users » 10.02.2003 - 945 KB - 98/ME/XP - Shareware, $5
Fast Launcher 3.11 A replacement for Quick Launch and Start Menu, with features such as mouse-keeping (the launcher appears beside the mouse cursor) and screen-snapping » 06.08.2003 - 824 KB - 98/ME/XP - Free
ActiveStartup 1.12 Enables you to manage programs that load from the Registry, Win.ini and startup menu at Windows startup » 05.10.2003 - 540 Kb - 98/ME/XP - Shareware, $
Winstep Nexus 19.2 A multi-level dock system that enables you to launch your applications on the spot » 01.03.2019 - 37.69 MB - Windows XP/7/8/10 - Free
SideSlide 4.3.00 Dock SideSlide at any corner of the screen; keep shortcuts to files, folders and URLs you frequently visit; add multiple notes, multiple, sizable, pictures, schedule reminders, save web snippets and more » 11.09.2018 - 0.98 MB - Windows XP/7/8/10 - Free
SyMenu 6.04.6709 SyMenu allows you to manage portable applications resident on a removable drive. SyMenu can be installed in pen drives, external USB disks, memory cards and even CDs and DVDs. » 16.05.2018 - 1.91 MB - Windows XP/7/8/10 - Free
Fences 3.08 Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons » 02.02.2018 - 11.78 MB - Windows 7/8/10 - Shareware, $9.99
StarDock ObjectDock 2.2 Organize your shortcuts and running tasks onto an extremely customizable dock, in Mac OS style, that sits on your desktop » 22.09.2016 - 15.88 MB - Windows 7/8/10 - Trial, $4.99
Handy Start Menu 1.95 Handy Start Menu is small utility that makes computing much easier - it's easier to find and launch programs » 02.02.2015 - 8.24 MB - Windows XP/Vista/7 - Free
Launcher Free/Pro 2.1.0 Launcher is an easy-to-use personal shortcut manager to launch all file kinds » 29.04.2014 - 5.53 MB - Windows XP/Vista/7 - Free
SSuite Mac Dock 3.2 Mac Dock is a very simple Windows utility designed to create a Mac OS X-like dock on your desktop, allowing you to launch certain programs with just a single click, just like you do with the ones in the Quick Launch » 08.06.2012 - 641.65 KB - Windows XP/Vista/7 - Free
TurboLaunch 5.1.4 TurboLaunch is a fully configurable, toolbar-style program launcher. Use TurboLaunch for single-click access to all of your favorite programs! » 27.06.2011 - 1.29 MB - Windows XP/Vista/7 - Trial, $20
Vista Start Menu 3.893 Vista Start Menu is a convenient alternative to the В«StartВ» menu » 14.02.2012 - 9.47 MB - Windows XP/Vista/7 - Free
Edit your audio files and add effects to create professional quality audio files.
This sound editing software is a full featured professional audio and music editor for Windows. It lets you record and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings then add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad works as a wav or mp3 editor but it also supports a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, wma, real audio, au, aif, flac and ogg.
HOTKEYZ is a shortcut utility with shortcut control for executing other files, launch them in a Normal, Minimized or Maximized State.
The Parameter option gives you parameter control when launching another application like Internet Explorer and surfing to a specific site as parameter. For example C:Program FilesInternet ExplorerIexplore.exe with the parameter www.skynergy.com. It also features launching your e-mail window when composing a new e-mail even if your e-mail program is not active or not focused.
Define shortcuts for Launching files, Minimizing the current active window, showing HOTKEYZ itself or hiding it. The HOTKEYZ system tray icon will change color to indicate a key press. The shortcuts work with the WIN, CTRL, ALT, SHIFT modifier keys and most other keyboard keys. You can even enable or disable unwanted Hotkeys without deleting them from the Key List.
SMPlayer is a new multimedia player. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as engine, so it's able to play the most known video & audio formats without the need of external codecs: avi, mkv, ogm, mpeg, vob, 3gp, asf, mov, wmv, mp3, ogg... You can also play DVD discs and Internet streams.
Special care have been taken with subtitles. It supports srt, sub, ssa, embedded subtitles in Matroska files, DVD subtitles... SMPlayer subtitles can be very nice, you can choose font and size, and even colors for the subtitles.
One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...