7Stacks: icon-based program launcher for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 2, 2016
Updated • Jan 10, 2016

7Stacks is a program for the Windows operating system that enables you to bundle links to multiple files and folders into a single icon accessible on the operating system.

Windows users have a couple of options when it comes to launching program on devices running the operating system.

They may place icons on the desktop, use the start menu, add icons to the Windows taskbar if Windows 7 or newer versions are used, use the command line, use File Explorer, or use third-party tools.

7Stacks is one of those programs. Originally designed to provide Windows 7 users with an option to combine a group of program icons into a single icon on the taskbar, it is compatible with all versions of the operating system from Windows XP to the very latest.

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When you run 7Stacks it displays a configuration menu that you use to create a new stack. To do that pick a custom folder from a location on the device, or select one of the available locations like the start menu, desktop or common folders to speed things up.

The appearance can be modified on the screen as well. You may change the stack's caption, its type (five that display in different ways, e.g. menu or as a stack), or set a custom icon and icon size. Other options include hiding file extensions, displaying thumbnails of images, or browsing subfolders.

A click on "create shortcut on desktop" creates the new icon-based program launcher. You may launch it from there right away, or move it to another location such as the start menu, taskbar or a Flash drive instead.

A click on the icon displays folders and files of the selected folder structure. Files can be executed with a click while clicks on folders let you browse the folder structure.

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You can add the icon to the Windows taskbar in Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows and click on it to launch all the programs and files with another. That is useful for a variety of options, for instance for creating a custom list of programs you want to launch this way, adding a portable tools collection as a single icon to the taskbar, or listing a whole media folder there for quick access.

7Stacks can be a useful program depending on how you are working on your computer. The program seems to have been abandoned though as the latest beta version of it dates back to 2011. Still, it runs fine even on Windows 10 at the time of testing.

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  1. Starkiller said on February 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    This hasn’t been updated in 5 years and it has a lot a bugs…

    1. mykou said on February 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      oh yeah it still have after tried under windows 10 …………..

  2. S0215 said on February 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Truly, 7Stacks was made for geeks only, which allows a user to access, open almost everything the fastest way.

    1. primo said on February 3, 2016 at 3:43 am

      madapplauncher !

  3. andy said on February 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I tried this one time on Windows 8 years ago and it kept failing. I might try it again, or just use Rocket dock or something that does even more.

    1. Doc said on February 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      RocketDock hasn’t been updated in quite a while, either; when I used the Stacks Docklet to create a “My Computer” flyout, it would often hang, showing a tiny square block in the upper-left corner of the screen; I removed it. Lately, it’s been getting in the way more often than not.
      One option I’ve tried is FreeLaunchBar, which recreates the “Quick Launch” area to the right of the Start button, but more configurable: by shrinking the icons to 12px and removing the padding between them, I can create two rows of (tiny) icons, reducing the space used considerably.

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