Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher

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sTabLauncherThe Windows taskbar (that's the thing at the bottom of the screen) is a bit of an issue for many people. While it's handy to be able to add icons for your commonly-used programs to it, there's simply not the capacity for it to be useful. You can't categorise the icons, for example, to make them easier to find. So I tend to end up using the desktop instead, which can be a problem if the currently open program windows are obscuring it.

sTabLauncher is one alternative to the taskbar. It's a program launcher which lets you add icons to a bar. The bar is hidden until you move your mouse over it. And you can create dividers and tabs in order to simplify things and sort everything into any logical order that works for you.

It's especially useful if you're setting up a PC for a non-technical user, as they can pretty much do everything from the launcher bar and not have to look at the remainder of the desktop.

You'll find sTabLauncher at www.stablauncher.com where it's a 1 MB download. It's free, and it's malware-free too, according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. I tried it with WIndows 10 and it worked perfectly.

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There's a really easy way to group frequently used programs for quick access without needing to go to the desktop or use a program like this one. You can make new toolbars on the windows taskbar and put whatever shortcuts you want there. It's like your own quick access toolbar or toolbars. I have a couple, one with program shortcuts and one with folder shortcuts.

I could have replied to many of the comments I read. I didn't run this through Virus Total or any of my Malware or Virus Scanners; there was just something very suspicious about that .msi installer. No Thank You!

I've used Rocketdock for years now. It's freeware and very configurable. https://rocketdock.com/download.

Here's the blurb from the website:
RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.
Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.

I use to enjoy using RocketDock on Windows 7 but it isn't compatible with Windows 8.1 or 10.

I'm using RocketDock on Windows 10 Pro. Have also used it on Windows 8.0, 8.1 & Windows 10 Home without any compatibility problems. Did you update to the last published version 1.3.5?

I've been using RocketDock non-stop for 10 years. It works fine for me on Windows 10.

RocketDock works on my Windows 7 64bit system
It is mainly useful for opening programs and folders via File Manager
I set it up to dock on the right side of the screen, and to Autohide so it doesnt obscure the screen
I also turned off the fancy animations, as they arent helpful for me
It uses 25MB of memory

Advantages: As stated, launcher for programs and folders. Nicer design than sTabLauncher, looks like Apple OS
Disadvantage: Lets you launch an internet browser, eg Firefox, but does not let you open with a specific webpage address

sTabLauncher allows you to open an internet browser, and to specify the webpage opened, eg a news website
RocketDock uses less memory, but because it doesnt launch a browser and a specific website, its less versatile, but is still a great simple and elegant launcher, and I use it now for basic utilities. I use sTabLauncher as a launcher too, including to quickly launch Firefox, opening on specified websites

Both launchers are great, for different reasons

Hope I dont get crushed again for making a simple suggestion. To keep things simple, I just make a "Stuff" folder on my desktop...in that I have shortcuts to any and all programs that I like to use. That keeps the desktop clutter to the minimum and doesnt load up my computer with unnessary programs. But then some users like a lot of programs.

Good Call. I do the same. One for work, bills, photos, rarely used shortcuts, music and misc. Not sure I see the advantage of using a third party program to do that. I used to use Fences which I loved but once I moved to this new puter, I just wanted to keep things as uncomplicated as possible in order to keep windows from being finicky etc.

Its excellent you have found what works for you, and thats all that matters

For me, on an average day, I use around 25 programs.
Having all these programs as shortcuts in a folder or folders is not a good option for me, as the programs are displayed alphabetically which doesnt suit me, and I dont want to be clicking through the different folders
I like a visual launcher, which groups similar programs together, eg Office programs in one group, internet related programs in another group,

Untangle UTM marks this as malware. Be careful.

No, I don't think there is a need to be careful. One undefined and unsubstantiated report means little if you don't provide the details of the actual malware report. Other malware detection doesn't find a problem:

Do you know what Untangle is? Its an enterprise level firewall and threat management appliance.

Untangle uses more than just Bitdefender. It also does web filtering based on heuristics and categories similar to OpenDNS.

Flagged as:

Host: www.stablauncher.com

URL: http://www.stablauncher.com/

Reason: Spyware & Questionable Software

It uses a wrapped installer in common with many other freeware apps. Some download sites such as Softpedia classify it as "ad-supported" for this reason. This is not malware but a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Most antivirus programs no longer flag these, with the possible exception of OpenCandy, but as Australia says, whatever else is offered can be declined during installation. For anyone not paying attention during the install, please see here. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.wikihow.com/Uninstall-Babylon-9

As Midnight Cowboy also points out, Untangle does not clearly indentify it as malware - spyware is not automatically malware. If it were actual malware then BitDefender is able to provide a much more specific report than the URL and name of the product.

Your insult intended to denigrate my knowledge/expertise is wasted because the original issue is that you misreported "malware" and failed to provide a report that is complete enough to identify the actual issue.

For the record, Untangle has the option of a free version which loses most of the useful paid features. which is why it is eclipsed by free products like pfSenseDansGuardian, and Sophos UTM. Of these Sophos UTM is the only one I haven't used.

Bitdefender is not what flagged it. The web filtering flagged it as shown by my post. You were the one who came in to denigrate the report from a well known security appliance vendor as if you knew more than they did.

You attacked my original warning first by saying I didnt post enough evidence and when evidence is posted you say you are attacked. Clearly you are incapable of having a conversation online. Im sure there are safe corners available.

You're original report was misleading and unhelpful so I told people that based on your initial comment there was no need to be careful. That assessment has proven to be correct. You cried wolf stating that the software was malware when it was not. The category of "Spyware & Questionable Software" does not make it "malware".

I did not say that BitDefender flagged it. I said that BitDefender, as the main antivirus/antimalware component in Untangle, does not flag it at all.

I said nothing against Untangle which I have high regard for. But our focus is on free software so I provided information about better free alternatives.

Program works on my Windows 7 64bit system
Be careful during installation, the software offers to also install Babylon 9, a translation program (which is probably shareware)
No problem, I chose "No" for that additional program, during the installation process

Notably, when you start the program, sTabLauncher is almost invisible
When the program is started, the launcher appears at the top of the screen as two almost transparent tabs
Orginally I couldnt see these near invisible tabs, and thought the program wasnt functioning !

The program uses 34MB of memory on my system - so I will compare this memory footprint to other launchers I already use
There are a number of options, including having the launcher at the top or the bottom of the screen (I prefer the bottom, so not to blend in with internet browser and other application tabs)
I found the launcher was getting hidden by other programs, including Firefox, so I went to Options/Advanced, and selected "Always on Top", and "Stay on top of Fullscreen windows"

Interesting utility, thank you Rob