Tagged With app launchers

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The iPhone doesn't support app launchers in the same way as OS X, but that doesn't mean app developers haven't come up with clever workarounds. Case in point, our pick for the best launcher, Launch Center Pro lets you launch not only apps, but specific actions within apps.

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Windows 7: When you sit down at your computer in the morning, you probably have a handful of applications you open at once to start your day. Windows 7 App Launcher (7APL) can open select applications or groups of applications with a single click, or you can bind application groups to key commands and open all of your "work apps" or "gaming apps" with a keystroke.

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Mac OS X: Tab Launcher is an app launcher and organiser that uses manila folder-style coloured tabs as app drawers, each meant to be for a different category of apps (like System, Games or Writing). Using Tab Launcher allows you to keep little, if anything at all, in the actual OS X Dock, leaving it free to only show which apps are currently open.

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Nearly everything can be edited somehow in a Linux system, and that includes what each key press does. The gHacks blog shows us how to create global application shortcuts that fire up Firefox, a text editor or anything you'd like.

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Windows only: The Windows 7 taskbar is pretty convenient, but if you are running an older version of Windows (or are just looking for a cool mouse-based launcher), MouseExtender is a sleek program that launches with one click of the mouse.

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Remember the days of digging through folders of shortcuts and menus to launch applications? These days many users prefer customisable, attractive docks for launching and keeping track of their favourite apps. Here's a look at five of the most popular docks.