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Direct Folders Alternatives

Direct Folders is described as 'Access your folders from anywhere' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Direct Folders for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows Explorer and iPhone. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Direct Folders are Keypirinha, Microsoft PowerToys, Listary and Alfred.

Direct Folders alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be File Search Utilities or Web Search Engines. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Direct Folders.
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  1. Everything icon

    Everything

    • Windows
    98 alternatives to Everything 

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS volumes on your computer (hence the name...

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    1.  LightweightEverything consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableEverything can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Locate files and folders by name instantly.
  2. Keypirinha icon

    Keypirinha

    • Windows
    151 alternatives to Keypirinha 

    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

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    1.  LightweightKeypirinha consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableKeypirinha can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKeypirinha can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    smart search
    customizable interface
    math expressions evaluator
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    No menu for launching predefined programs and folders

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  3. Microsoft PowerToys icon

    Microsoft PowerToys

    • Windows
    30 alternatives to Microsoft PowerToys 

    Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

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    1.  Color PickerMicrosoft PowerToys allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    2.  Dark ModeMicrosoft PowerToys supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
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    Listary

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Windows Explorer
    101 alternatives to Listary 

    Listary is a revolutionary search utility for Windows that makes finding your files and launching applications blazing fast, for casual and power users alike!.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionListary can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    2.  PortableListary can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Alfred

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    95 alternatives to Alfred 

    Alfred is a productivity application for macOS, which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords and text expansion. Search your Mac and the web, and control your Mac using custom actions with the Powerpack.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAlfred can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Full-Text SearchAlfred lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    Wox

    • Windows
    46 alternatives to Wox 

    Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching.

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    Discontinued

    No stables releases since Feb 24, 2018.No pre-releases since May 25, 2020.2 years without any public development and 4 years without any releases is essentially discontinued, IMHO.

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    Undertaker666

    No menu for launching predefined programs and folders

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    ueli

    • Mac
    • Windows
    71 alternatives to ueli 

    Developed with the Electron framework, ueli is the type of tool that adopts simplicity, leaving out any unnecessary options and configuration settings. It creates an icon in the system tray at startup, where it sits silently throughout its runtime, without disturbing you with...

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    1.  Portableueli can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsueli can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Launchy

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    122 alternatives to 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, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a...

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    1.  PortableLaunchy can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLaunchy can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    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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    Ulauncher

    • Linux
    41 alternatives to Ulauncher 
    • Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you.
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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsUlauncher can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Dark theme
    File browser
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    FSearch

    79 alternatives to FSearch 

    FSearch is a fast file search utility for GNU/Linux operating systems, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It's written in C and based on GTK+3.

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    1.  Dark ModeFSearch supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  LightweightFSearch consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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