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Open Shell Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Open Shell for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Classic Shell, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Open Shell and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Open Shell are 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, FastKeys, StartIsBack and StartAllBack.

Open Shell alternatives are mainly System Tweakers but may also be Text Expanders or Clipboard Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Open Shell.
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  • 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.

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    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 icon

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.

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  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 icon

    Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

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  8. Start11 icon

    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.

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  9. Start8 icon

    Start8

    • Windows

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

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  10. RoundedTB icon

    RoundedTB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Add margins, rounded corners and segments to your taskbars! - GitHub - torchgm/RoundedTB: Add margins, rounded corners and segments to your taskbars!

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