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 21, 2021

    1. A simple program menu-type launcher, calling with a hotkey. It is easy to set up. Launches a list of program shortcuts with your favorite hotkey.
    2. A simple dock for Windows which features extensive theming capabilities and blurry reflections. The dock is fully compatible with Windows Vista/7/8/8.1.

      Discontinued

      See notice at https://github.com/ldom66/clever-dock

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    3. Wise Hotkey is a launcher for installed applications, folders located anywhere on the hard disk, areas of the Control Panel and various system tools (Wordpad, Camera, Calculator, Disk Cleaner, Notepad, Task Manager, and many more), as well as website addresses.
    4. Advanced Run is a replacement for a standard Windows Run dialog. Advanced Run allows you to run any program, run any command line command, open and edit and print documents on behalf of any user account without switching between user accounts.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 3.0, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.

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    5. Luncher is a simple Windows application and file launcher. It allows you to setup buttons that act as shortcuts to open any application, file or folder. Luncher appears as a small panel on the top of the screen that is always easily accessible.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      BMPanel (bitmap panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for X11 Window System, which contains a desktop switcher, taskbar, system tray and clock. The application is inspired by simplicity of fspanel. BMPanel has a modern look and feel, while keeping itself tiny and small.
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    6. [Last update was released on 05 Oct 2007, but you can download it from Softpedia.com on http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/LaunchTab.shtml ]

      LaunchTab is a freeware skinnable pop-up file launcher for Windows.

      Discontinued

      Last update was released on 05 Oct 2007, but you can download it from Softpedia.com

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Coolbarz is a very efficient app launcher or desktop toolbar for easy access to your most commonly used programs or folders. Working and tested on Windows 10.

      Discontinued

      official website gone

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    7. Krento is a modern application manager and widget engine for Microsoft Windows. Krento can save your desktop space and assist you in boosting your productivity.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.2.135.9, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    8. SliderDock is an application launcher that will allow you to easily drag and drop icons to access them later on by double clicking on them. It will be a unique dock where you wont have to chase behind you icons to run an application.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer developed. Last version, 1.22, released in February 2012, can be still downladed from the official website.

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