True Launch Bar 7.3.2 Beta

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 (314 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP / Shareware; $19.90 / 11,498 downloads

True Launch Bar is a superior replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts. But there is one huge difference. True Launch Bar allows you to combine your shortcuts into groups. This feature looks like popup menus. This vastly improves the management of your shortcuts and save working space on your desktop. By using True Launch Bar, you speed up the launching of your applications like never before.

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    True Launch Bar

  • Limitations

    Yes - 30 day timeout

  • Uninstaller


  • Latest Changes

    - Added the option "Apply DPI scale factor" to enable/disable DPI scaling

    - Added the option to make toolbar tags always visible

    - Some improvements for DPI scaling

    - Fixed some problems with DPI scaling

    - Don't hide toolbar when the interactive tooltip is shown

    - Updated litehtml engine to improve compatibility with HTML

Reviews of True Launch Bar

  1. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 7.3.2 Beta (May 28, 2016)

    Please stop listing software as freeware when it isn't

  2. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 7.3.1 Beta (May 5, 2016)

    way too busy for me

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 7.1 (Oct 30, 2014)

    Great launcher, used to pirate it when I was a kid and now I bought it.

    I use it to have multiple quicklaunch-like toolbars, which are synced across multiple computers, by the use of megasync (used to do dropbox in the past).

    All my shortcuts are 1 click away, or 2 clicks away within a menu folder. No need to search through the start button and no cluttered quicklaunch.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 (Jun 20, 2012)

    One of the first items I add to a new install. You can customize the menus, etc until you are tired of customizing! I have been using it with Windows 8 and it is a perfect fit!

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 (Jun 19, 2012)

    This much more than just a launcher.
    I can see CPU usage, network usage, drive activity, etc. at all times.
    Unlike gadgets that get hidden when running apps, this info can be displayed at all times on the bottom bar.
    On my laptop, I also find it useful to have a volume control slider handy.
    Show battery status, key state or many other options.
    The launcher is merely just one of many functions this is capable of performing.

  6. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.6.3 Beta (Jan 18, 2012)

    I agree with SineWave,
    If you are so desperate to have a launcher then you could at least use Rocketdock.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.6.3 Beta (Jan 17, 2012)

    @SineWave, your a idiot. If your worried about 12mb in this day of age your clearly clueless.

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.3 (Feb 26, 2011)

    SineWave, Thanks for the useless rant. Here, have a useless retort in return.

  9. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.3 (Feb 26, 2011)

    12MB for a quicklaunch bar??? Guys, even MicroSoft makes more optimised programs... Besides, I can't understand useless programs that try to invent hot water. People, you have QuickLaunch that can hold 10-20 programs to look reasonable, you have the whole desktop for shortcuts, you can organise by hand your Start menu... what use is yet another place to start your programs with that consumes so much memory and CPU in the background. Mayb e I could understand if it was freeware, but it's not.

    Too many people got their hands on tools like Visual Basic and .NET and writing just about any program with these tools takes megabytes instead of kilobytes. What a shame. No stars. Ok, I'll give you one if I must.

    Cheers! Try making some more useful program. Sorry, but programming practices today are disgusting, there's no eagerness to optimise the code and get rid of all the bugs, everything should be made as soon as possible and make some money...

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.13 RC5 (Sep 10, 2010)

    Between True Launch Bar and Find and Run Robot I have no need for the Start menu. On the face of it, it may look as though TLB just puts shortcuts in the Quick Launch area (which you can do manually indeed), but that's barely scratching the surface.

    TLB is infinitely configurable, allowing you to make it look and behave exactly as is convenient to you. Best of all, it comes with a fantastic support for both keyboard and mouse. I have nine TLB "folders", each with its own icon, and a Win+digit hotkey assigned to each. Win+1 opens the folder I use the most, with office apps, browser, email etc., Win+3 opens my folder with media players, and so on. So most of the time I don't need the mouse to start the app I want. But if you're already mousing around, TLB can open up the folders by just hovering the mouse pointer over them - much easier and faster this way.

    TLB is a very carefully thought-out and well-designed application, with just the right set of features. Design-wise, it's way up there with the best like Total Commander and Beyond Compare. It's one of the rare apps that feel just right, and when you think you need a feature, most of the time you find out it's already there for you.

    (And if you try TLB, check out the variety of available plugins.)

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.9 RC1 (May 18, 2010)

    "Considering that
    you can just add a
    folder to the TaskBar"

    True Launch Bar is far more -and far more convenient- than merely making taskbar icons shortcut to folders. Functionality goes way beyond such a crude expedient !

    The PC Rat

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.9 RC1 (May 18, 2010)

    When using the default Win7 start menu, you are very limited when trying to make cascading menus for your own shortcuts (unless you go with the old crusty classic start menu). This is a great solution with a ton of extra functionality. Good stuff.

  13. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.9 RC1 (May 18, 2010)

    Considering that you can just add a folder to the TaskBar,
    ie: "My Documents"\Shortcuts, or even your "Desktop".

    and Shortcuts might contain (folders with .lnk's):

    etc. All Your shortcuts are organized in a folder. You can also do something like this with AutoHotKey, or a plethora of "Menu Tools" like digitalis' ShortPopUp, CLCL (Clipboard utility, that allows for Hotkeys and MenuPop ups) among many others.

    I'd have to agree with the value proposition: $20 is highly overpriced. Even my FileManager and Text Editors that are used constantly were only $30-$40 -- and lifetime licenses.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.8 Beta (Apr 23, 2010)

    "True Launch Bar allows you
    to combine your shortcuts into
    groups for only $19.95! Not
    worth the money."

    For those of us who are heavy Quick Launch users, it's worth ~every~ penny !

    The Computer Rodent

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.7 Beta (Apr 8, 2010)

    Excellent! I think some people....wait....I know some people don't really go over all the possibilities of this program.
    I install TLB on every machine I set up or clean up for someone and show how easy it is to add a program and take it off the start menu. It is aggravating however the next time I see their machine and all new stuff and half of the old is back on the start menu and icons all over the desktop. It is far from complicated and makes the desktop very usable and clean!

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.6 Beta (Mar 11, 2010)

    This is a brilliant bit of software that I use a lot daily and am happy to support. Just go to the site and read the manual for full details of what this baby does. Couple that with a responsive programmer and excellent support and it's a clear winner.


  17. 1 out of 5 stars
    Entitled American

    Reviewing 4.4.6 Beta (Mar 10, 2010)

    True Launch Bar allows you to combine your shortcuts into groups for only $19.95! Not worth the money.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.6 Beta (Mar 10, 2010)

    Truly has no peer. While it *can* replace the Windows Start menu, that is practically the least of its features. Incredibly powerful, though the various settings interfaces are spread about a bit and occasionally feel cluttered. It's very much like the deprecated Windows Quick Launch feature, except on steroids...with rocket launchers...err plug-ins.

    The native x64 support is flawless and most plug-ins include x64 versions. It's weakest feature is the update/notification component, which seriously needs some attention.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 4.4.6 Beta (Mar 10, 2010)

    Although simpletons* who don't even understand what TLB does will never get it, it's a very handy bit of software, with no direct competitor that I know of.

    * Take the reviewer above, who says that TLB "allows you to combine your shortcuts into groups". Uh, sure, groups, and menus, and virtual menus, and media control plugins, and weather plugins, and drive space plugins, and 300 other plugins... Point made.

  20. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.4 Beta (Feb 9, 2010)

    If you want something for windows 7 see

  21. 1 out of 5 stars
    Young Strider

    Reviewing 4.4.3 Beta (Nov 18, 2009)

    What a waste of CPU cycles.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.2 Beta (Nov 3, 2009)

    I used FLB for many years before purchasing TLB and I have no regrets at all. TLB is a great application that I really cannot do without.. fortunately, since purchasing TLB gets you free upgrades and its development is very active I don't need to. :)

    PS The new Beta is very cool under Vista/W7. Nice one Yuri.

  23. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4.1 Beta (Nov 2, 2009)

    True Launch Bar's ability to put folders (both regular folders of shortcuts, and virtual folders linking to other locations) is a desperately missing component in Windows, even in Windows 7 with it's much ballyhooed "jump lists".

    True Launch Bar is simply indispensable.

    4.4.2 was released yesterday with the following release notes:


    - Crash on moving shortcuts into the virtual folder
    - Using button label as menu caption
    - Moving the virtual folder from the toolbar can move the source folder

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.4 (Mar 28, 2009)

    True Launch Bar is one of those unique programs rarely seen in this world of "me too" software. It is a simple concept elegantly executed. It adds nothing to the Windows UI, it merely enhances what is already there: the quick launch tool bar. The multitude of available options allows a toolbar to be built precisely to the user's needs. The program has no competition.

    True Launch Bar is a mature program that is still being enhanced. The $20 cost with permanent upgrades is truly a give-away, especially since I use this program on an every day basis.

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.3 (Oct 16, 2008)

    Best launcher ever!

  26. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.3 (Oct 16, 2008)

    Great application. FreeLaunchBar does the basics, and True Launch Bar gives you access to a multitude of plug-ins.

    kholdstare: Actually the idea is to let you customize your taskbar to your preference. If you want a lean taskbar, you are capable while having easy access to anything, if you want more visibility and monitoring, you can do that too.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.3 (Oct 16, 2008)

    Solid program.

  28. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.3 (Oct 16, 2008)

    I've used the free version of this program (FreeLaunchBar) for quite some time now. It's one of the first programs I install on my computer and I couldn't live without it. Just being able to organize my quick launch area into folders is something I can't figure out why windows doesn't allow. I really can't live without. I could see myself buying the full program, but so far the free version does what I need. But $20 is nothing for a program I'd use every day. Check it out.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.7 RC3 (Aug 13, 2008)

    Well, I aint gonna bad mouth it, but I have two replacements that I know. Favorite Shortcuts, which puts your favorite programs in to the context menu, and the quick launch. VistaStartMenu, which puts it in to tabs. Or, you can do it on your own, by just navigating to the quicklaunch folder, and put a couple folders in there. Works easier then this, but this stops the navigation process. Good program, so are the ones I mentioned above. Enjoy peeps.


  30. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.7 RC3 (Aug 12, 2008)

    An absolute must have. Earth to Mikl - you clearly didn't USE the software, or you'd know it has nothing to do with the start menu. Idiot.

  31. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 3, 2008)

    looks like..... the Start menu!!!

  32. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 3, 2008)


  33. 5 out of 5 stars
    Undesired Username

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 3, 2008)

    Clutters your task bar? Only if you want it to. You can do just the opposite with it if you like--that is, set it up so that your task bar (more correctly, the Quick Launch area of the task bar) consists of a single button, with menus and/or shortcuts and/or useful plugins off of that.

    You know, if you happen to be the type of person with a million brain cells in your skull.

  34. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 2, 2008)

    can't believe people like this thing. it just clutters your taskbar. guess the only people who like this are the same people who have a million icons in there system tray

  35. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 2, 2008)

    Looks like a good application, but $20 is crazy! If the author were to reduce his price to $10, I'm sure he'd more than double his sales. Reduce it to $5, and he'd probably get 10 times the users. Hey author, reduce your price and you might be able to make a living from this. Leave it at $20 and you'll continue to starve.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.6 RC2 (Jul 2, 2008)

    Love it. A must-have tool.

  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.5 RC1 (Apr 30, 2008)

    As I said below, I really like this one. Has great support, tons of plugins and even a x64 version! Believe me, if you're into using your quick launch, you WILL be impressed.

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.4 RC1 (Apr 24, 2008)

    Agree completely with the below.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.4 RC1 (Apr 24, 2008)

    If you're into using your tray heavily, this is the grail. One of very few must-haves.

  40. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Dec 31, 2007)

  41. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Dec 31, 2007)

    Great proggy!

  42. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Dec 31, 2007)

    @kronix2. PowerPro


    is a very reliable, more flexible and much less memory resource intensive freeware equivalent. But the learning curve is really steep. True Launch Bar looks prettier out of the box but uses more memory and is more limited in launch customization.

    P.S. By the way, anybody know what tags are used here at the FileForum for submission of review comments? I'd like to be able to hide hyperlinks, like above, and just display the program name.

  43. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.2 Beta (Sep 16, 2007)

    This is THE program to manage your quick launch IF you got many icons in it. If you dont have that much, most likely you dont need it.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.2 Beta (Sep 16, 2007)

    This is THE program to manage your quick launch IF you got many icons in it. If you dont have that much, most likely you dont need it.

  45. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.2 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    Cyber Doc: I was talking about the free version. some have gone on to the pay version.
    Still excellent!!

  46. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.2 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    This is one of the few commercial apps which doesn't have a free equivalent.

    I don't know why Windows isn't able to add menus and widgets to the start bar out of the box.

  47. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.1 Beta (Jul 29, 2007)

    RWW do you buy it for every computer or do you just share your serial number?

    I hate this app... it is just bloat!

  48. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2 (Apr 19, 2007)

    This app goes on every PC I work on. Nothing on the market does exactly what this one does and configuration is wonderful.

  49. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.6 RC (Apr 17, 2007)

    Wonderful app.

    I just wish this was an actual APPLICATION (not a plugin) that would write to an .ini file (not to registry) and be completely portable.

    Launchy is the next best thing

  50. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.6 RC (Mar 29, 2007)

    sweathog: power pro doesn't compare and looks like a windows 3.1 app (from the screen shots)

    TLB is hands down the best app i ever bought, I hardly use my start menu any more.

  51. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.6 RC (Mar 29, 2007)

    actually this is 4.1.7 RC. excellent work as usual Yuri :) i've never regretted buying this program for a minute.

  52. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.5 RC (Mar 15, 2007)

    TLB is within my "top 5 utilities"

    A MUST have. Best $$ i've spent!

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.4 RC (Feb 14, 2007)

    I have been using TLB for over four years now and find it of immeasurable value in my day-to-day computing. And I don't even come close to using all of its great features. Reasonable memory footprint, solid plugins, very reliable, it is simply wonderful

    This should be one of the BN top picks without a doubt.

  54. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 (Feb 13, 2007)

    Tatatatata! IM LOVING IT!

  55. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.3 RC (Feb 13, 2007)

    By all means a GREAT app!

  56. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.2 Beta (Dec 21, 2006)

    Hate to be a naysayer here. But true launch uses quite a bit of memory compared to, say, to the freeware Power Pro. It exceeds 25K on my PC compared to less than 4k for Power Pro.

    On the other hand True Launch is MUCH easier TO configure than Power Pro

  57. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.2 Beta (Dec 18, 2006)

    Ask and ye shall received. Posted my request on the forums and the feature was implemented.

    Very good product, excellent support. Seems like they care about the user community!

  58. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 12, 2006)

    This is a great launcher.

    My only complaint - I like launchers that popup where your cursor is - wherever it is on the screen. This one is locked to your quicklaunch area. If this could be made floating I would be in heaven.

  59. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 12, 2006)

    One of my best software purchases ever made.

  60. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 4, 2006)

    Considering how many times a day you use this software it is the best 20 bucks I've ever spent.

  61. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 2, 2006)

    I love the fact that the author has been thoughtful eniough to also provide a 64bit version of this excellent utility.


  62. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 2, 2006)

    Lovely! Been using this since the early versions, the truly best in its category in all aspects!

  63. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.1 Beta (Dec 2, 2006)

    the best addon to your taskbar. it has lots of plugins and skins. the functionality and the responsiveness is the best of its kind.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 (Nov 16, 2006)

    The standard by which all utilities of this kind should be measured, IMHO. Wouldn't be able to work and play on my machine as I do without it.

  65. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 (Nov 7, 2006)

    da best alternative among all the others.. you have to find some money though. :)

Discuss True Launch Bar

  1. Dec 3, 2012 - 7:06 PM

    $20 for something like this is ridiculous. Even $10 would be pushing it.