What’s the best combination of launcher apps for Windows 7?

ryu S December 10, 2012
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I want to make my Windows 7 usage simple.
The default taskbar andĀ start menuĀ is okay, but I wanted to know if I could make it simpler.
The programs I am considering are the default start menu, the default taskbar, Rocket Dock, and Launchy.
What combinations have you found the most simple?
(I want to still use the taskbar)

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  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I like Rocketdock(+Stacks plugin). If you still need something else combine with Launchy

  2. Ramsha Almas
    December 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Launchy is always simple, I've found, and way faster than searching using the start bar! It also learns your shortcuts like mw for microsoft word, and if you need specific programs that are either portable, or not directly accessible--maybe even functions of a program such as Incognito Mode in Chrome, then you can just plunk those, or shortcuts in a folder and make sure Launchy has it in its index. I also use a couple of add-ons for Launchy to make it faster, and able to do things I can't with other launchers such as shut down commands, opening websites specifically, etc. I'd definitely just go with Launchy to start and see what you need from there to augment your usage.

  3. Etech Etech
    December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I like the taskbar. You can use Win+1, 2, 3 etc. to open the 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. application in the taskbar. You can also use alt-tab and/or Win-tab to switch between open applications.

    • musicphann
      December 12, 2012 at 2:21 am

      I agree. Between shortcuts for the Taskbar and the built in Windows Start Menu search I haven't really found a scenario where an application launcher can do any better than the defaults.

  4. luis donis
    December 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    objecdock from stardock is cool

  5. Mihovil Pletikos
    December 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    don't use launcher apps.... it will just make your computer slower...

  6. Alan Wade
    December 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Winstep is very good!
    http://www.winstep.net/
    They still have a free version I think.

  7. pp potana
    December 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    try object dock...you can even check stardock software's which are very helpful to customize windows.

  8. Adriel Tan
    December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    It really is up to personal preference, I use the default one and I find it perfectly fine. Rocket Dock has not been updated in a while with no 64-bit version available. Launchy is great, but i find the one built in to windows (click start and just start typing) works fine enough.

  9. susendeep dutta
    December 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Launchy is a bit buggy for not unable to launch all installed programs.I would suggest you to pin most important programs,documents and other stuffs in start menu,web browsers,media player in quick launch bar(as default),or any other most frequently accessed program and then use Rocket dock as launching anything from it is a one click.

  10. ha14
    December 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    have look at Executor
    http://executor.dk/

    sliderdock
    http://sliderdock.wikidot.com/
    allows you to easily add program shortcuts, files, and folders to each circular dock, or ring, by dragging and dropping.

    WinLaunch
    http://mrc0rrupted.deviantart.com/art/WinLaunch-0-4-6-0-Mac-Launchpad-for-windows-277763668?
    This is Launchpad(Quickstarter) taken from Mac OS X Lion and implemented for Windows.

  11. Thehunting Lion
    December 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Launchy is handy but is better if you are more comfortable using keyboard than mouse. And rocketdock as everyone knows is good ( if u use dell machine 'dell dock' would also look and work even better )

    • Thehunting Lion
      December 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Can also give 'star dock' a try instead of rocket dock.

  12. Douglas Mutay
    December 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    You can use Rocket Dock. it's easily customizable and you can have quick access to what you need and remove what it's unnecessary. Plus, you have the choice of the appearance of your dock...

  13. Giggity Goebbels
    December 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Default ones are better

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