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XLaunchpad is described as 'gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder' and is a application launcher in the os & utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to XLaunchpad for Windows, Linux, BSD, Xfce and Mac. The best alternative is Fences. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try RocketDock or Portals: Desktop Organization. Other great apps like XLaunchpad are Cairo-Dock, Winstep Nexus, Docky and iTop Easy Desktop.

XLaunchpad alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be Desktop Customization Tools or Shell Extensions. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of XLaunchpad.
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  1. Fences icon

    Fences

    16 alternatives to Fences 

    Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computers desktop, solving the "constant...

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  2. RocketDock icon

    RocketDock

    • Windows
    63 alternatives to RocketDock 

    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    The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.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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  3. Portals: Desktop Organization icon

    Portals: Desktop Organization

    • Windows
    11 alternatives to Portals: Desktop Organization 

    Create containers (aka Portals) on your desktop which show the contents of a specified folder. Divide your desktop into folders then use Portals to display the contents of the folders in an organized fashion - you can even hide the folders away somewhere else.

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    1.  LightweightPortals: Desktop Organization consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Desktop with 2 folder portals present.
    Color the portals as you like. Including transparency.
  4. Cairo-Dock icon

    Cairo-Dock

    • Linux
    • Xfce
    47 alternatives to Cairo-Dock 

    Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCairo-Dock can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Cairo-Dock.
    3.  Ad-freeCairo-Dock doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  5. Winstep Nexus icon

    Winstep Nexus

    • Windows
    35 alternatives to Winstep Nexus 

    The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

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    Docky

    • Linux
    47 alternatives to Docky 

    Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.

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    Discontinued

    Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

    Banshee Application Controls
  7. iTop Easy Desktop icon

    iTop Easy Desktop

    16 alternatives to iTop Easy Desktop 

    iTop Easy Desktop is a free and easy-to-use desktop manager to organize your desktop apps, files, and folders according to your rules, freeing you from laboriously sorting desktop icons. It delivers various practical features including but not limited to grouping desktop items...

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    ObjectDock

    • Windows
    52 alternatives to ObjectDock 

    ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

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  9. MaxLauncher icon

    MaxLauncher

    46 alternatives to MaxLauncher 

    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.

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    1.  PortableMaxLauncher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Nimi Places icon

    Nimi Places

    16 alternatives to Nimi Places 

    Organizes desktop into customizable containers - showing folders (e.g.: local folders, network locations) contents, displayed as icons/thumbnails on scrollable surface. In-built thumbnail engine is capable of displaying thumbnails for supported Open Documents and PSD images, but...

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    1.  PortableNimi Places can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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