Alternatives to Handy Start Menu for all platforms with any license

  • Launchy icon

    Launchy

    Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Classic Shell

    Classic Shell™ is free software getting back the better start menu from Win7 in Win10!.

    Free Windows

  • Listary icon

    Listary

    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications. It searches folders, files or anything else as-you-type....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

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    Synapse

    Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

  • FastKeys icon

    FastKeys

    Text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete, mouse gestures, macro recorder, clipboard manager and more.

    Commercial Windows

  • PStart icon

    PStart

    PStart is a simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Designed to run portable applications, you can start anything runnable from USB key devices or removable disks.

    Free Windows

  • Start8 icon

    Start8

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features: - Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps - Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu - Jump List support - Unified Search for apps, settings and files - Boot...

    Commercial Windows

  • ASuite icon

    ASuite

    ASuite is a simple application launcher to manage an unlimited number of files, folders and webpage for quick access. It is designed to work with removable storage (uses relative paths) media like USB sticks, hard drives, iPods, etc.

    Open Source Windows

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    StartIsBack

    StartIsBack returns Windows 8 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. StartIsBack radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free. StartIsBack is...

    Commercial Windows

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    IObit StartMenu8

    StartMenu8 is specially designed for Windows 8. 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. This smart tool brings back both...

    Free Windows

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    dmenu

    dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

    Open Source Linux

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    Portable Start Menu

    Portable Start Menu is a simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs. Organize your programs in a simple menu system and launch them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on...

    Free Windows

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    Start Menu Reviver

    Start Menu Reviver offers an improved Start Menu for Windows 8/7 that blends the traditional Start Menu functions with the Windows 8 design concept and provides quick access to all your desktop and Modern GUI (Metro) applications. ...

    Free Windows

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    Start Menu X

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Virtual Groups Group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc) without changing their location on the hard drive. One-click start The PRO...

    Freemium Windows

  • Start10 icon

    Start10

    Start10 adds the familiar Windows 7 start menu experience to Windows 10 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.

    Commercial Windows

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    FCorp My Suite

    My Suite is a lightweight Windows application whose purpose is to help you create a user-defined list with programs that can be run with minimum effort. It comes in handy for all users who got tired of having their desktop crowded...

    Commercial Windows

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    Ex7forW8

    This program restores native Windows 7 start menu and desktop by bringing Windows 7 explorer.exe. Start menu retains full configurability you expect from Windows 7 start menu. This program includes sophisticated lightweight wrapper...

    Free Windows

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    FSL Launcher

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcuts management for applications, documents, url links, folder paths and more... ...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.4.4, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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  • GiMeSpace QuickMenu icon

    GiMeSpace QuickMenu

    While Microsoft is annoying Windows desktop users with metro/modernUI, and other companies are restoring things back to the old, GiMeSpace is offering desktop users something much better: the simplest and fastest task launcher and...

    Commercial Windows

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    StartW8

    StartW8 is a FREE but powerful tool for Windows 8 users. Do you prefer desktop to modernUI? Would you like to logon directly to desktop? And than use "Start" menu for runnig your apps? Then it's right for you. ...

    Free Windows

  • Labrys Start menu icon

    Labrys Start menu

    Replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog. Unlike many other Start menu enchantment applications Labrys does not mimic layout or visual appearance of Start menus existing prior to Windows 8. Instead Labrys uses fresh...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Start Button 8 icon

    Start Button 8

    How to add a Start button to Windows 8? Just install Start Button 8! The package contains a Start button and a convenient Menu. A ready solution for those who like to keep everything under control.

    Free Windows

  • Finalbird icon

    Finalbird

    Start menu replacement. Finalbird integrates with file explorer for easy adding and accessing your favourites.

    Free Windows

  • 8start icon

    8start

    8start Launcher is a free portable application launcher. This program is a whole new way of launching programs and applications on your system. Starting programs from shortcuts on desktop and start menu is an obsolete and cumbersome...

    Free Windows

  • Promptu icon

    Promptu

    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need. Promptu lets you associate meaningful names with programs, folders, files, bookmarks, etc, and...

    Free Windows

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    8start launcher

    8start Launcher is a combination of innovative Application Launcher, countdown and Tree Notes/Shortcuts/Favorites. Launcher Features - Organize shortcuts into groups and categories - Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 3.0, was released on 4th June 2011. It is still downloadable from FreewareFiles.com
  • Middleclick icon

    Middleclick

    Welcome to MiddleClick. The next generation application launcher from CodeLogic Software. MiddleClick displays a dashboard of your desktop and web applications whenever you press the scroll wheel on your mouse. Style, speed and...

    Commercial Windows

  • StartForDesktop icon

    StartForDesktop

    StartForDekstop - Start Menu for Windows 8. Available functions: New! "Classic Start Menu" mode (0.9.5) Start Menu list of applications An additional list of system that gives access to installed software...

    Free Windows

  • startX icon

    startX

    startx is a fantastic application resident in the menubar that creates a true text-based menu with the groups of Lauchpad applications As for the start menu of Windows, it will be much easier and more immediate run an application

    Commercial Mac

  • Scherlokk icon

    Scherlokk

    Scherlokk is a lightning fast file search utility build for precise and reliable search of every file which meets the search criteria. Music, pictures, bookmarks, documents, etc can be found quickly and easily. Search can be made on...

    Commercial Mac

  • Mini Run icon

    Mini Run

    A handy tool to start application by keyboard.

    Free Windows

  • Classic Start Menu icon

    Classic Start Menu

    Classic Start Menu is considered as a perfect replacement to Windows 7 Start Menu. It helps you to find programs and folders many times faster. You always know where you put your things because folders expand when you hover over them....

    Freemium Windows

  • JetStart

    Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? JetStart offers you a quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs and system commands. Just type a few letters and JetStart will show matching applications...

    Freemium Windows

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    ViStart

    A skinable start menu to replace your existing Windows XP start menu. It also allows you to get the Windows Start Menu back on Windows 8.

    Free Windows

  • Start Menu Modifier

    Start Menu Modifier will allow you to open the star screen at the bottom or the top of your desktop, when you click on the Win flag key. You no longer need to leave your desktop space, thereby avoiding the need to move from one...

    Free Windows

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