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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?' and is an app. There are more than 25 alternatives to Handy Start Menu for Windows, Windows Explorer, Mac, Linux and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like Handy Start Menu are Open Shell, Listary, Classic Shell and FastKeys.

Handy Start Menu alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be File Search Utilities or System Tweakers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Handy Start Menu.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Windows

Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu?

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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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    smart search
  2. Open Shell icon

    Open Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.

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  3. Listary icon

    Listary

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • 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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  4. Classic Shell icon

    Classic Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableClassic Shell is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableFastKeys can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. StartIsBack icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableStartIsBack is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableStartIsBack can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Boot to Desktop
  7. dmenu icon

    dmenu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

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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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableStart11 is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Start Menu X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableStart Menu X is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  10. PStart icon

    PStart

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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

    nothing since 2007

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