Most of the applications that I start regularly are pinned to the taskbar of my Windows 7 system. Some on the other hand are not pinned there. This includes the image editor Paint.net, the text editor Notepad++ or the Bittorrent client uTorrent among others. I'm not pinning those applications because I either do not run them that often, or run them in context, for instance by right-clicking on a file.
Another reason is that space is limited on the taskbar, and that I do not want to many icons listed there by default as it could make the display more messy than it should be.
Users who are in the same boat, but would like a selection of apps at their fingertips, could take a look at the free QuickPop software for Windows. QuickPop is a free portable application launcher that displays all available applications by holding down Ctrl and pressing the middle mouse button.
The program creates a shortcuts folder in the program directory on first startup. Users need to add their programs as shortcuts to that directory or subdirectories. With the help of subdirectories, it is possible to create a distinct structure to organize tools and programs in different folders.
Shortcuts can for instance be dragged from the start menu into the folder, or from another program directory. Sometimes shortcuts need to be created first which can be done with a right-click on the program executable and the selection of Create Shortcut from the context menu in Windows Explorer.
Programs that are listed in the application launcher menu can be started with a left-click. The window of the program launcher closes automatically once a selection has been made.
QuickPop's greatest weakness is the somewhat complicated method of adding and removing programs to the program interface. The program itself is lightweight and very responsive.
Windows users can download the latest program version from the developer website. The program is supplied in a 32-bit and 64-bit edition.
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