LaunchBox is a gorgeous game database/ launcher
February 5, 2015 – 07:59 | Comments Off on LaunchBox is a gorgeous game database/ launcher
LaunchBox is a gorgeous game database/ launcher

First revealed back in Windows Vista, the Games folder was supposed to be the starting point for all your games, with shortcuts, cover art, updates, news and more. But no-one cared, unfortunately, and although it’s …

Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu
January 26, 2015 – 09:08 | Comments Off on Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu
Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu

If you regularly work on other people’s PCs then it can be wise to bring along some software of your own.
Add portable Firefox and GIMP to a USB stick, say, and you won’t need to …

Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+
January 22, 2015 – 07:55 | Comments Off on Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+
Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+

Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start Menu in Windows 8 persuaded many developers to produce their own alternatives, and there’s no shortage of free options to explore (Classic Shell is probably still the best)
Finding yet …

Launch/ close multiple apps on demand with Splat
January 5, 2015 – 08:07 | Comments Off on Launch/ close multiple apps on demand with Splat
Launch/ close multiple apps on demand with Splat

Preparing your PC for work – or play – often requires several steps. You might launch a word processor, a spreadsheet, database, maybe a couple of websites, for instance. Or perhaps you’ll free up system …

Launch local programs from your Firefox window with Easy Access
May 11, 2013 – 06:12 | Comments Off on Launch local programs from your Firefox window with Easy Access
Launch local programs from your Firefox window with Easy Access

From docks to desktop gadgets, the Start menu to the Start screen, there are many ways to launch applications on your PC. But most of these are quite bulky, giving you a new interface to …

Launch programs from your desktop right-click menu with DeskIntegrator
May 8, 2013 – 05:47 | Comments Off on Launch programs from your desktop right-click menu with DeskIntegrator
Launch programs from your desktop right-click menu with DeskIntegrator

Your PC is packed with applications, and you need to be able to launch them at speed. So of course you might start by creating a few shortcuts, and either dropping them on your desktop, …

Everything.me Launcher Adapts to What You’re Doing & Where You Are
April 12, 2013 – 08:42 | Comments Off on Everything.me Launcher Adapts to What You’re Doing & Where You Are
Everything.me Launcher Adapts to What You’re Doing & Where You Are

Unlike iOS, Android devices can be very easily customized without the need to jailbreak or root the. This means that there is an ever-growing market in third-party launchers that enable phone and tablet users to …

MadAppLauncher: an interesting visual application launcher
March 19, 2013 – 15:09 | Comments Off on MadAppLauncher: an interesting visual application launcher
MadAppLauncher: an interesting visual application launcher

There are plenty of ways to launch programs using hotkeys, and even Windows has one of its own (right-click a shortcut, select Properties > Shortcut and click the “Shortcut key” box), but remembering enough of …

Extend the Windows Run box with Run-Command 1.00
February 15, 2013 – 08:09 | Comments Off on Extend the Windows Run box with Run-Command 1.00
Extend the Windows Run box with Run-Command 1.00

The Windows Run box has always been a quick and easy way to launch programs, but it’s not exactly packed with features. You can specify an application to launch, choose something you’ve run recently from …

sTabLauncher: a stylish, lightweight and configurable dock
December 13, 2012 – 13:55 | Comments Off on sTabLauncher: a stylish, lightweight and configurable dock
sTabLauncher: a stylish, lightweight and configurable dock

What’s the best way to organise and launch your programs? The arrival of Windows 8 has generated endless “Start Menu vs Start Screen” debates on this topic, but these have tended to miss an important …

Gomigo: quickly access all your favourite applications from the system tray
August 1, 2012 – 09:33 | Comments Off on Gomigo: quickly access all your favourite applications from the system tray
Gomigo: quickly access all your favourite applications from the system tray

If you’re looking for a faster way to access your Windows applications then you could pin the appropriate shortcuts to your taskbar, but that gets cluttered fairly easily. And while the Start menu offers more …