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Synapse Alternatives for Windows

Synapse is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Synapse and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Synapse are Listary, Wox, ueli and RocketDock.

Synapse 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 Synapse.
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  1. Keypirinha icon

    Keypirinha

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightKeypirinha consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableKeypirinha is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableKeypirinha can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKeypirinha can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  2. Listary icon

    Listary

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
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    • Windows Explorer

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

    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionListary can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    ⚫︎ CustomizableListary is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableListary can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Wox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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  4. Developed with the Electron framework, ueli is the type of tool that adopts simplicity, leaving out any unnecessary options and configuration settings.

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

    RocketDock

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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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  6. Cerebro icon

    Cerebro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCerebro can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  7. RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    ⚫︎ File TaggingRecentX can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionRecentX can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    ⚫︎ PortableRecentX can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  8. Executor icon

    Executor

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable freeware windows run replacement and more. Executor is available also as a portable app and can be integrated in LiberKey.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableExecutor is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableExecutor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Find And Run Robot

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    FARR also lets you quickly run web searches, send email, manipulate files, control on-screen windows, and much more.

    ⚫︎ PortableFind And Run Robot can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFind And Run Robot can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableFind And Run Robot is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    MaxLauncher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableMaxLauncher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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