How to Create a Program Launcher
Finding a program to run on Windows can be difficult when many more programs are installed and get cluttered in one place without grouping.
Windows XP has four places to launch a program, but all with some limitations:
To cope with these restrictions, Vista adds another place to launch a program:
Windows 7 hides Quick Launch and removes Classic Start Menu. It adds a new approach to running a program:
Why not create a Program Launcher?
Do-It-Yourself Program Launcher
To prevent many programs from cluttering in a limited space, grouping of similar programs in the same folder by their functions helps the user access to the programs, quick and fast.
With this in mind, you can create a program launcher easily with a toolbar that comes with Windows, without the need to install any other programs.
Create a Program Launcher in Two Steps
These are two simple steps, I and II, to build a Program Launcher using the toolbar:
I. Creating a Folder Containing Sub-folders and Shortcuts
For example, you may right-click a program Notepad.exe, select Create shortcut, then cut and paste the program shortcut to the sub-folder Home & Office, and so on. Rename the shortcut if needed. (Note: A program shortcut can also be created in a single step by dragging a program to a folder while holding down Ctrl-Shift keys).
The Launcher folder will then look like the screenshot here.
II. Linking a New Toolbar to the Folder
Other Features Available to the Launcher Toolbar
After setting up the Launcher, you can utilize other features available to the toolbar:
Other than programs, shortcuts to favorite folders can be added for quick access too.
Applicable to: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7.
Go there and see Pics...