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Free Launch Bar

CNET Editors' review

At first glance, this free utility seems exactly like the Windows Quick Launch bar. One major difference makes it far handier, though. With Free Launch Bar, you can add not only shortcuts, but entire pop-up menus of shortcuts. It's kind of like having as many Start menus as you can build. Interface options allow you to change icon size, fonts, and other minor display options. You even can password-protect your new menus to lock out changes. People who find the default Quick Launch bar too small for all their shortcuts will appreciate Free Launch Bar.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free Version of True Launch Bar, so read reviews there"

    April 12, 2014  |   By getmeek

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    This is the free version of True Launch Bar, so check out the reviews posted under that program -- http://download.cnet.com/True-Launch-Bar/3000-2344_4-10055401.html

    Cons

    None. See http://download.cnet.com/True-Launch-Bar/3000-2344_4-10055401.html

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic!"

    June 23, 2011  |   By gabjag

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    I had manually added a quick launch bar to my system -- it took forever for the icons to load after every restart. Then I found this software and what a 360 degree turn -- this software automatically builds a quick launch bar that responds FAST!!

    Cons

    none to date

    Summary

    If you're looking for a FANTASTIC quick launch bar, this is it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Saves your time"

    March 8, 2011  |   By armorjan

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    Mult-itab, configurable width, light weight

    Cons

    It auto-hides after you press "Show Desktop" button (Win+D) even if auto-hide feature is disabled, you must activate another open window then activate it.

    Summary



    Updated on Mar 8, 2011

    Sorry, this is review of another problem, this one worth five starts

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent and simple!"

    September 19, 2010  |   By JekylandHyde

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    I am an avid user of the QuickLaunch bar. Being able to store several icons in 1 folder saves space. Secondly, I love that I can launch the 10 Web sites I view every morning with one click! Simply put them all in one folder and click "launch all!"

    Cons

    None!None!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "not bad for a simple program"

    August 22, 2010  |   By inuyasha_warrior

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    i like it.

    Cons

    i dont see much point when u can do the same thing without this program (which i just now finished downloading, i might come back if i have a complaint.

    Summary

    i dont have much use for this program as i can do everything this program has to offer without it, tho i havent used it vary long, further analysis is needed,

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  • 4.0 stars

    "efficient launch bar"

    June 7, 2010  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    The program allows you to launch any application quickly, dark and efficient

    Cons

    I have no complaints.

    Summary

    I highly recommend this utility to anybody

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use - easy to customize"

    November 3, 2009  |   By txbd75b

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use - it saves the 'classic xp' menu for Win7 users

    Cons

    None-none-none

    Summary

    I think that reviewers should take a look at this and talk it up more - it's great!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not install and operate as expected"

    October 19, 2009  |   By howardferns

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    The bits that worked looked good - when it worked!

    Cons

    It displayed alongside my existing Quick Launch rather than on top of it, so I had two sets of icons, it looked a real mess. Not only that, but it wouldn't reappear after rebooting, I had to go to the folder and open it each time.

    Summary

    I tried installing it two times, with the taskbar locked, and with it unlocked. I followed the installation instructions, and I played around with all of FLB's options, but nothing made one jot of difference. If I deleted any of my existing QL icons, then the corresponding FLB ones went as well. All in all, I am very disappointed with it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice program"

    July 5, 2009  |   By nudist_couple

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    This is really a nice clean add on for Windows. You can drag and drop icons from the desktop plus you can arrange them to your liking...VERY NICE !!! The control panel can be tweaked to your liking and works.

    Cons

    After three weeks of use I can find nothing to gripe about.

    Summary

    I use to download and use programs that Windows already had only to find they worked no better then the Windows version. Now I use very few add on programs unless they really provide a real outstanding change. Sure, you can click on your system bar and unhide quick launch which works okay but you cannot change the order and as you add to the quick launch it becomes a drop down list. With this program you can turn off quick launch and have all the programs in open view along with a side scroll bar for your open applications. I really enjoy being able to group like programs together so games are with games and so on. This is a free version program upgradeable for a few bucks but I think you will find the free version meets all your needs. All in all if you decide you do not like the program uninstall it and go back to using Windows quick launch. I have put this program on all five computers in our household and everyone likes it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I use FLB on XP, love the functionality"

    May 6, 2009  |   By gerrygadget

    Version: Free Launch Bar 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, pretty easy to configure, doesn't seem to slow the system down at all

    Cons

    Fine-tuning control of appearance is a little difficult and limited IMO, but plenty good enough for what I need.

    Summary

    I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants something faster and more compact than the start menu and doesn't already have something like a dock bar that they're stuck on already. XP's launch bar is way too simple, like many of it's other tools, so this is a perfect addition.

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