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Five Apps: Create a better desktop with these free app launchers

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This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog.

I cannot tell you how many desktops I see during the day awash in icons. How end users manage to get anything done is amazing. When I have to work on one of those desktops, I wind up having to scan through the multitude of icons to get anything done. For those clients, I tend to recommend third-party launchers – at least to get their application shortcuts set in such a way that the software they need to use can be quickly launched – or at least better organized.

This blog post is also available as a TechRepublic Screenshot Gallery.

Though many may scoff at the idea of adding launchers to the Windows 7 desktop – it's actually quite remarkable how much more efficiently you can work with multiple means of launching a tool. I've found five different launchers that I think fit the bill perfectly. Everything from an OSX Dock-like tool to popup-type launchers. Let's take a look and see if, at least, one of these will entice you into the land of launchers.

Credit: Images by Jack Wallen for TechRepublic

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5 comments
goldenpirate
goldenpirate

"This screenshot gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog." so where is the link to the 5 apps blog for this gallery???? The only link is for sign-up to newsletter.

xploreraj
xploreraj

the apps are great but stuffing them too much with many shorcuts makes me feel bad about it. i love the windows taskbar pinning for important applications, and remaining things can stay on desktop. launching apps look so creamy and i thinks kids will love playing with them, no people like me. or may be i have not seen a powerful enough launcher (maybe not developed yet) !!

howard.blake
howard.blake

App launchers are for babies! Real computer geeks don't use 'em. Leave for beginners or MAC users... :)