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Cairo-Dock Alternatives for Windows

Cairo-Dock is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is RocketDock, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Cairo-Dock and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Cairo-Dock are Winstep Nexus, ObjectDock, MaxLauncher and True Launch Bar.

Cairo-Dock alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cairo-Dock.
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  1. RocketDock icon

    RocketDock

    • Windows
    63 alternatives to RocketDock 

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."

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    Most users think RocketDock is a great alternative to Cairo-Dock.
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    Winstep Nexus

    • Windows
    35 alternatives to Winstep Nexus 

    The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

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  3. ObjectDock icon

    ObjectDock

    • Windows
    52 alternatives to ObjectDock 

    ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

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    Most users think ObjectDock is a great alternative to Cairo-Dock.
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    MaxLauncher

    46 alternatives to MaxLauncher 

    MaxLauncher is a simple tabbed launcher that was designed to reduce the amount of time to find and run a program. It is capable of creating multiple data files, each of which can have a maximum of 10 tabs. Each tab and button is assigned a key(eg. F1-F10, 0-9, A-Z, etc.

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    1.  PortableMaxLauncher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  5. True Launch Bar icon

    True Launch Bar

    45 alternatives to True Launch Bar 

    True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts.

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    FlashTray Pro

    46 alternatives to FlashTray Pro 

    Flashtray - Our system tray application launcher and macro tool makes you work more efficiently by automating a lot of repetitive keyboard tasks by using custom macros and hotkeys.

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    1.  Color PickerFlashTray Pro allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
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    XLaunchpad

    52 alternatives to XLaunchpad 

    XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder.

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    1.  PortableXLaunchpad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  8. Circle Dock icon

    Circle Dock

    38 alternatives to Circle Dock 

    The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock like with other programs. This is accomplished by making the dock a circular or spiral shape so that it can be placed anywhere, even near the edge...

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    Discontinued

    Project is dead since 2008. Have a look at the forum:https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=d4239krfp6h6ghtdigpph6v7o0&topic=42700.0

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  9. CleverDock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    22 alternatives to CleverDock 

    A simple dock for Windows which features extensive theming capabilities and blurry reflections. The dock is fully compatible with Windows Vista/7/8/8.1.

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    1.  PortableCleverDock can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    See notice at https://github.com/ldom66/clever-dock

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  10. LaunchBar by Lerup.com icon

    LaunchBar by Lerup.com

    51 alternatives to LaunchBar by Lerup.com 

    LaunchBar is a small Windows freeware program that mimics the behavior of the dockable QuickLaunch toolbar that was available in all Windows versions before Windows 7.

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