"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.
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
DeskBar 1.6 Provides quick access to commonly used desktop functions through the use of a slide-out toolbar. Shutdown, restart, logoff, changing video resolution and colors, changing the default printer, adding a printer, accessing Internet options, launching a web browser, launching the CD player and more » 20.01.2005 - 703 KB - 98/ME/2K/XP - Shareware, $19.95
RedButton 2.10 Fast access to the Control Panel, quick launching of programs, and other actions through a tiny button » 10.05.2005 - 33 KB - 98/ME/XP - Free
Task Commander 2.5 Use Task Commander's self-configuring menu to find and start any program quickly, often with just one mouse click, or to quickly switch to any window of your running applications » 07.08.2005 - 2.24 MB - 98/ME/2K/XP - Trial, $19.95
Winplosion 2.18 WinPLOSION allows you to immediately view and select from all the windows running on your computer, just those of the active application, or to minimise all windows and display a clear desktop » 12.04.2006 - 862 KB - 98/ME/XP - Trial, $9.95
RunIT 2.1 beta 6a "Yet another launchpad? Yes - but this one is different, this one is great, no one who has ever tried it could live without it anymore! (at least without reformatting the harddrive - a bug in the uninstall part of the program...)" -- such is the rather lengthy slogan of RunIT, a simple yet powerful launchpad for Win95/98 and NT (4.0 and above) » 30.06.2006 - 66 KB - 98/ME/XP - Free
12Ghosts 9.00.70.6064Softoogle's Pick! 12Ghosts save you time and secure your privacy. They automate your daily work and let you relax. SuperGee includes more than 80 time-saving power tools for Windows » 05.02.2010 - 4.71 MB - Windows Vista/XP - Trial, $19.99
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
Winstep Nexus 18.12 A multi-level dock system that enables you to launch your applications on the spot » 17.12.2018 - 37.52 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
A tool that monitors changes made to the Windows Registry and system files (win.ini, system.ini, autoexec.bat, config.sys etc) and can help you analyze changes made to the Windows Registry. With RegSnap, you can create snapshots of Registry values and compare them. RegSnap generates HTML reports, as well as .reg files (these are backups of system Registry values) using which the Registry changes can be undone and any older/changed version can be applied. RegSnap comes in two editions. The Pro version is richer in features and supports command line interface, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation (i.e. it could be accessed and used from within other programs of your choice) and can connect to a remote Registry. The 'regedit'-like Graphical User Interface (GUI) allows browsing through saved Registry values. Evaluation period: 30 days.
A tool designed to visualize the folder size on your hard disk. FoSi displays folder sizes (including subfolders) in chart or list form. 'Download' links to the freeware version of the program. There is also a shareware version (FoSi++) available on the developers' Web site.