True Launch Bar 7.3.5 RC1 for Windows

by Tordex

Avg. Rating 4.0 (317 votes)

File Details

File Size 12.5 MB
License Shareware, $19.90
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 11,586
Publisher Tordex
Homepage True Launch Bar

Publisher's Description

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.

Latest Reviews

humbleuser

humbleuser reviewed v7.3.2 Beta on May 28, 2016

Please stop listing software as freeware when it isn't

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v7.3.1 Beta on May 5, 2016

way too busy for me

NyaR

NyaR reviewed v7.1 on 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.

RWW

RWW reviewed v6.0 on 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!

Kipster

Kipster reviewed v6.0 on 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.

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v5.6.3 Beta on Jan 18, 2012

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

darkwzrd1

darkwzrd1 reviewed v5.6.3 Beta on Jan 17, 2012

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

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v5.3 on Feb 26, 2011

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

SineWave

SineWave reviewed v5.3 on 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...

tranglos

tranglos reviewed v4.4.13 RC5 on 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.)

Avg. Rating 4.0 (317 votes)
Your Rating
humbleuser

humbleuser reviewed v7.3.2 Beta on May 28, 2016

Please stop listing software as freeware when it isn't

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v7.3.1 Beta on May 5, 2016

way too busy for me

NyaR

NyaR reviewed v7.1 on 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.

RWW

RWW reviewed v6.0 on 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!

Kipster

Kipster reviewed v6.0 on 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.

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v5.6.3 Beta on Jan 18, 2012

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

darkwzrd1

darkwzrd1 reviewed v5.6.3 Beta on Jan 17, 2012

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

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v5.3 on Feb 26, 2011

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

SineWave

SineWave reviewed v5.3 on 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...

tranglos

tranglos reviewed v4.4.13 RC5 on 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.)

Raton

Raton reviewed v4.4.9 RC1 on 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

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v4.4.9 RC1 on 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.

Balderstrom

Balderstrom reviewed v4.4.9 RC1 on 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):
Image\
ColorCop.lnk
IrfanView.lnk
XnView.lnk
Utilities\
TrayMenu.lnk

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.

Raton

Raton reviewed v4.4.8 Beta on 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

RWW

RWW reviewed v4.4.7 Beta on 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!

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