Quickly add programs, documents, folders, and internet links to the menu using drag-and-drop. WinLaunch is a free, portable application launcher for Windows taken from Mac OS X Lion. It starts minimized and activates, initially, using the Shift + Tab keyboard shortcut.
The program works with all Windows platforms from Windows ME up, and there’s also a portable version of the program. Virtual desktop software helps you declutter and organize your desktop. Instead of squeezing applications and shortcuts on a single desktop, create and navigate multiple virtual desktops.
Launch8 enables Windows 8 users to quickly launch their favorite apps from a stationary dock on the Start screen. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. Better Desktop Tool is an interesting desktop enhancement tool which provides users with a different way of organizing windows similar to the way Mac OS X does. We hope the Messenger desktop app will make it a little bit easier for people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones during this time.
One of the best things about VirtuaWin is that it supports up to 20 virtual desktops with minimal resource usage. You can enhance its functionality with modules, which are similar to plug-ins. The software’s website includes a variety of extra modules you can add to the VirtuaWin modules directory. VirtuaWin is virtual desktop software that hogs minimal system resources and has a good number of configuration options.
As if all these options for application launchers is not enough, you can also create a super-powered application launcher in Windows using the Quick Launch Toolbar. To do this in Windows 7, you need to add the Quick Launch Toolbar back to the Taskbar. You can also install a free program that allows you to group shortcuts on the Quick Launch Bar and add titles, separators, and submenus. SE-TrayMenu provides a replacement for the missing Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7 . Use SE-TrayMenu to gain quick access to most frequently used applications and system commands using a customizable popup menu from the Windows system tray.
When activated, the Windows desktop icons are hidden and the Windows background blurred, showing icons on the launcher. Icons can be grouped as you do in iOS; drag and drop one icon onto another one to create a group that can be renamed, as displayed in the following image. You can also move and delete items and create new folders using “Jiggle mode,” which is activated by holding down the mouse on an item. Add icons to the launcher by pressing the “F” key, reducing the launcher to a movable window onto which you can drag shortcuts, files, or folders. Sliderdock is a free dock program for Windows that is different from the dock programs we have showed you so far.