Handy Start Menu Alternatives

    Handy Start Menu is described as 'Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu?'. There are more than 25 alternatives to Handy Start Menu for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Windows Explorer, Mac, Linux and Android. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like Handy Start Menu are Open Shell (Free, Open Source), Listary (Freemium), Classic Shell (Free, Open Source) and FastKeys (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 21, 2021

    1. Keypirinha is a fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows. Features: * Quickly find and launch plethora of items like applications, files, bookmarks, URLs, sessions (PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla), registry keys, ...
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    2. Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev. Flexible start menu that can mimic the menu behavior of Windows 2000, XP and Windows 7 and compatible with all recent versions of Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows.


    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.
    8. PStart is a simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Designed to run portable applications, you can start anything runnable from USB key devices or removable disks.

      Discontinued

      nothing since 2007

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    9. ASuite is a simple application launcher to manage an unlimited number of files, folders and webpage for quick access. It is designed to work with removable storage (uses relative paths) media like USB sticks, hard drives, iPods, etc.

      Discontinued

      This program is slowly sinking into neglect and abandonment since 2011.

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      Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features: - Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps - Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu - Jump List support - Unified Search for apps, settings and files - Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop - One click...
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