The versatility of individual programs seems to grow daily. Just as we have watched technology move from bulky desktops to laptops and now to handheld devices, so too have some applications gotten more compact and portable.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in portable applications, programs condensed to the size of a small flash drive for portability. It is great to be able to carry your preferred programs around in your pocket. If you have been downloading and using portable applications from the popular PortableApps project website you may have noticed that they always start up with a splash screen.
Surprisingly, for those using the free PortableApps program, getting rid of these inconvenient screens is not difficult at all. In about five minutes, you can remove them from your favorite portable application for a seamless startup.
First, find your way to your PortableApps directory. For this tutorial we will pretend we are editing away the splash screen of a program called Yourapp - anytime you see that name, substitute in whatever program you are editing. In the PortableApps folder go to:
You should see a file called YourappPortable.ini. Open it in a text editor (like Notepad) and scroll until you find a line that says
That's right. PortableApps has already assumed that some of its users would find the splash screens unnecessary and programmed in a way to adjust them away. Go ahead and change “false” to “true” and save the file.
Now we need to take this file and tell your portable app to follow the rules in it by default each time it loads. Make a copy of YourappPortable.ini and go back up a few folders to:
You should see a few other files and folders like “App” and an executable file with the same name as the text file you made a copy of. Go ahead and paste the file into this directory. Then test it out.
If everything worked properly, your portable application should boot up without interrupting your screen with a splash. Now you can enjoy your favorite programs on your flash drive!
On the off chance that you ever decide you want the splash screens back, simply delete the .ini file that you pasted in the higher directory, PortableApps\Yourapp. Be sure not to touch the original copy of that file that should still be in the deeper directory. Keeping it available means that even if something happens to the active file you should be able to revert your settings to whatever configuration you preferred.
If you have problems getting the splash screen to disappear it is probably because the application's launcher is not seeing it at startup. Make sure that it is in the program's main folder, otherwise it will skip over the .ini file completely. Also, if you have multiple .ini files in the \Source folder, just browse through them until you find the one with the disable splash screen line.
Using this, you will no longer be disturbed by the splash screens that many find incredibly annoying after the first few views.
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