XLaunchpad Alternatives

    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 an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to XLaunchpad for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is Fences. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try RocketDock or Winstep Nexus. Other great apps like XLaunchpad are Docky (Free, Open Source), Cairo-Dock (Free, Open Source), Nimi Places (Free Personal) and ObjectDock (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 16, 2021

    1. AstoundingDock is an application launcher and dock for Windows. It is designed for power users to give easy access to every single application on your computer.
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    2. Multibar helps you organize your programs, files and folders. It allows you to find the information you need in a blink of an eye either over the internet or on your PC. It arranges all commonly used files and programs in a convenient and easy-to-use way.

      Warning

      Multibar installs adware on users' computers.

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    3. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program aka. shortcut manager which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it's a better Launchpad just for your Windows.

      Discontinued

      App unavailable at official url, though still available through download sites.

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    4. Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need.
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    5. Typhoeus Hotkeys is an application that runs in your taskbar at all times, you can create "Hotkeys" which you can use in seconds by using your keyboard.
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      Radian is a simple radial application launcher. The interface is triggered by a continuous right-click and is divided into four slices. Each slice can be configured differently.
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    6. Y'z Dock is a program launcher like the dock in MacOS X. This application is currently in beta, so please send all reports to the author. In order to add icons, drag and drop a file (.exe, shortcut, etc.) straight from Explorer to the dock area.

      Discontinued

      Last program update was on July 29, 2003, although reports are that it still works as far as Windows 8, maybe farther.

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      • Windows
      Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? JetStart offers you a quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs and system commands.
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    7. LaunchOne is a keyboard Launcher similar to Launchy . It allows you to start applications and documents via keyboard using completion on EVERY arg (major lack of Launchy).

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 0.1.2, released in May 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    8. 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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