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A simple application launcher.

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A simple application launcher. Group applications, folders, scripts, etc. Supports drag and drop. No need to remember all those hot keys; just activate and press one number key to select a tab(group) and another key(letter/symbol) to launch.

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  • Ability to launch an item (ie. program, folder, or command) in two or three keystrokes
  • Favorites bar with 10 configurable buttons each corresponding to F1-F10 keys
  • Ten tabs. Each tab consists of 30 configurable buttons for a total of 300 configurable buttons for each file (*.mal). Each tab corresponds to the number 1-0 and the buttons on each tab correspond to the letters/symbols below the number keys
  • Data is contained in one text file (*.mal) in XML format
  • Multiple files (*.mal) can be created to further group items (eg. work, home, project1, etc.). Simply assign a *.mal file to a button for ease of loading other *.mal files
  • Drag and drop support
  • Support for international keyboard layouts
  • Support for the visually impaired (English only)
  • Option to run a program as an Administrator
  • Configurable hotkey to launch the launcher
  • Option to change a program's initial window size and location
  • Use the mouse wheel or the left/right arrow keys to switch between tabs
  • Turn on the auto-select tab on mouse-over option to automatically select a tab
  • Option to press a key twice before launching
  • Auto-save data files(*.mal)
  • Check for updates on startup
  • Option to always center the launcher on the screen
  • Option to make the launcher show on top of all other windows
  • Option to automatically hide the launcher when a program is launched
  • Option to minimize the launcher when closed using the UI
  • Option to show the launcher on the taskbar when minimized
  • Option to show/hide window on startup
  • Option to show/hide Favorites bar
  • Ability to move tabs
  • Cut/Copy/Paste support for buttons
  • Delete/Copy/Paste support for tabs
  • Ability to sort a tab's buttons


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User Reviews

  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It was good, if it had ability to appear only when I move mouse to the side of the screen - like in windows 8 desktop. And auto hide, when I move mouse cursor away from launcher.

    Posted 06/11/2013
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    now simple my most used freeware program.

    Posted 10/22/2012
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Looks like very useful software. Can I use it on android tablets?

    Posted 03/03/2012
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This application has allowed me to clean up my desktop, which is a big deal to me. I have not found any other app that was this efficient, and I've tried quite a few, I can finally get away from a folder full of shortcuts and a separate folder full of scripted admin shortcuts.

    Posted 05/12/2011
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

Visual Basic .NET



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