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myLauncher - Version 2019.3


myLauncher is a windows Launcher. Tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10 only,  Since created with 32-bit Visual Basic, supposed to run on other version of Windows too, if proper Runtime file is installed in the machine.

Note: No virus, no trojan, no malware, no spyware, no adware, no nag screen, no donation button, no reminder of anything, nothing !!                                            Feel free todownload.

Note: Though myLauncher has similarity with name and functionality with author's another program, new myLauncher is completely different than the             old one. Old one has been discontinued long time ago and author is not hosting that one any more. Since this new myLauncher will not                                communicate with old myLauncher in any way, it can not be used as an upgrade of the old one.


Why myLauncher?

mylauncher is not a menu based launcher like "Start" button (though the way of appearing the menus in different launcher may be different, such as left click on "Start" button, or right click on an icon in sysmem tray or whatever), in myLauncher there is no need to search item inside menus to launch.     myLauncher is not a launching dock like a miniature "Desktop". Though these are more efficient and can launch items just by one mouse click, being miniature these are very limited on how many icons these can hold (to increase number of items to add these can be arranged to add icons inside icons, making the launcher effectively an icon based menu or can be added multiple docks making the launcher a dock based menu).                                                 myLauncher is not a shortcut key creator, though very efficient, these have two main drawbacks, first, it's hard to remember almost cryptic shortcut keys and second, same as launching dock, has a short limit on how many key combination can be made.                                                                                         myLauncher is not like a "Search" bar where we type a word and all the relevant items, relevant but not all necessarily needed when we try it, pops up and then to look for the desired item in the popups to select to run.

myLauncher is like "Run" command where we type a word and an item, just a single item, somehow connected to that word, opens. Benifits of these types of launcher is: 1. Once we typed the word to launch an item, we are done, there is no need to search through menus or popups to find the desired item.  2. There is no short limit on how many items can be added to it's list. 3. Words, and the words those are chosen by ourselves, will not be as hard to remember as shortcut keys.

In myLauncher, we first create it's Launch List by adding items for future launch, as we will need to do for any type of launcher (if we want the launcher to do anything real meaningful for us). When adding item to Launch List, we will select a unique name for each item, a name that is short and easy to remember. Next time to launch the item we will type a 2 character code and this name (the code helps myLauncher to understand the type of item to launch and the type of LaunchName and helps keep different types of items organized and easy to search) and press enter key on keyboard. No menus to look into, nothing extra will popup to choose from, only the item we want to open, will open.

On top of this...

myLauncher will manage Launch List of all your PCs and Laptops if used from a flash drive, including the Launch List of the flash drive that it is running from. If used from flash drive, will make your bookmarks available anywhere in the world if added to Lunch List, just carry the flash drive in your pocket.


Features

Launches program, file, folder and website.

Stand alone, no installation required. Takes very little screen area, can be kept on screen all the time without being disturbed by it at all in any way. Please see the picture of the program on top of the page.

Add web URL to Launch List by dragging the URL from browser and droping on it's URL text box.  Makes list of added website available on each machine if used from a flash drive, making it easy to carry bookmarks in pocket.

myLauncher has a handy QuickLauncher (see picture bellow) to launch items from Launch List just by one click. myLauncher also has something that allows user to change the color of the interface of the program, call it "Theme" or whatever you like.

QuickLauncher


How The Program Works

User will add items (program, file etc.) to Launch List selecting a LaunchName (or Magic Word, Key Word, ... or whatever sounds good to you). 

To Launch an item user will type a Command in the text box of the main window and press enter key on the keyboard (a Command is a combination of a CommandCode and a  LanchName  with no space in between CommandCode and LaunchName).

CommandCodes has only two characters. In most of the cases first character of CommandCode identifies the type of the item to launch (program, file, folder etc.) and in most of the cases second character identifies the type of LaunchName (predefined, user defined or full path, email or url).

There are only a few CommandCodes, nothing to worry about having to remember a lot of staff, you may even wonder that these are so few!


Version History

Version 2019.1 : Published On February 5, 2019. First release.
Version 2019.2 : Published on March 15, 2019. Changed Interface. Minor fixes.
Version 2019.3 : Published On May 5, 2019.  While minimized on screen, main text box stays in view, enabling user to                                launch items the normal way.