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Open Shell Alternatives

Open Shell is described as 'fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev' and is a popular app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Open Shell for Windows. The best alternative is Classic Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Open Shell are 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, FastKeys, StartIsBack and StartAllBack.

Open Shell alternatives are mainly Text Expanders but may also be Clipboard Managers or System Tweakers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Open Shell.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows

Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.

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  1. Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows, and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.

    Discontinued

    The developer announced that Classic Shell will be no longer developed because Windows 10 is updated too frequently and because Microsoft is making more difficult to customize Windows: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147 Last version, 4.3.1, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website, together with the source code.

    Classic Shell vs Open Shell opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments

    I'm an IT / PC /Mac Network consultant. Classic shell is the original version of Open Shell. Open Shell still seems to work fine with Windows 10 v1903. I am not a big fan of the new Windows (formerly called "Metro") Interface, and install Open Shell on every W10 computer I use. My clients also are very pleased with it.

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  2. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.



  3. All in one Windows automation software. Fully configurable text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete and mouse gestures. User-defined commands to run files, open webpages, send macros or automate anything. Incredibly powerful but yet simple to use.

  4. StartIsBack

    • Windows

    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.

  5. StartAllBack

    • Windows

    The Windows 11 version of the Startisback replacement shell. This software allows you to make Windows 11 look like previous versions of Windows or a modified version of itself.



  6. Start Menu X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.

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    It supports tabs. And themes. Excellent.

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  7. Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

  8. Start8

    • Windows

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:.

  9. Start11

    • Windows

    Customize the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 / Windows 11 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.

  10. Start Menu Reviver

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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