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Liteshell Alternatives

Liteshell is described as 'tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs. Is a minimalist's shell - no screen space is occupied by the shell. When you right-click on the desktop or press a hotkey, a menu provides access to your programs, documents, tasks and anything else you' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Liteshell for Windows. The best alternative is Cairo Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Liteshell are BB4Win, WindowBlinds, SharpEnviro and bbLean.

Liteshell alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be System Tweakers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Liteshell.
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tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs. Is a minimalist's shell - no screen space is...

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  1. Cairo Shell icon

    Cairo Shell

    37 alternatives to Cairo Shell 

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

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    BB4Win

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    17 alternatives to BB4Win 

    BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop. The BB4Win project was discontinued in 2005 but various branches have been built from the source.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBB4Win can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Discontinued

    Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/

    For those who prefer a not-so-minimal setup. If I tried to put 82 icons on my explorer desktop I doubt they'd fit in a single column
    Minimalism doesn't mean ugly. Also an example of BB4Win scripting and the box to change your wallpaper


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    WindowBlinds

    10 alternatives to WindowBlinds 

    WindowBlinds is a computer program that allows users to skin the Windows graphical user interface. It has been developed by Stardock since 1998, and is the most popular component of their flagship software suite, Object Desktop.

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    SharpEnviro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    19 alternatives to SharpEnviro 

    SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsSharpEnviro supports the use of multiple displays.
      Discontinued

      As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

      Default Setup
      Multiple toolbars
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      bbLean

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      10 alternatives to bbLean 

      bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell.

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      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Emerge Desktop

      19 alternatives to Emerge Desktop 

      Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area that collects the icons collected at the...

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      Discontinued

      Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge

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    • GeoShell icon

      GeoShell

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      19 alternatives to GeoShell 

      GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen. There are also desktop menus that can be triggered whenever a user clicks...

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      1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGeoShell can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

      Example of GeoShell desktop
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      Curtains

      • Windows
      3 alternatives to Curtains 

      Easily create and add additional style modes to Windows 10. (Stardock alternative software to its WindowBlinds, for Windows 10).

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    • Talisman Desktop icon

      Talisman Desktop

      • Windows
      19 alternatives to Talisman Desktop 

      Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

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      Talisman 3.0, theme: Carbon
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      SmartWindows

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      11 alternatives to SmartWindows 

      SmartWindows streamlines the way you work. It is perfect for professionals looking to optimize the overall work experience or switch between projects. You can save display preferences for applications with the help of a few clicks.

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      1.  Works OfflineSmartWindows can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
      2.  LightweightSmartWindows consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
      SmartWindows supports unlimited profiles. It helps increase productivity by creating multiple profiles. Each profile remembers the desktop apps, their window size, and display position on the screen.
      SmartWindows reopens MS Office files such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Project, Notepad, and Wordpad. It provides auto-arrangement support and restores applications at same position in a single click.
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