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Editors' Review

by   / November 08, 2008

Executor is a program launcher powered by hot keys and keywords, both customizable to an impressive degree. A skinnable bar appears at the top of your screen that makes up the most trafficked aspect of the program, with an extensive and organized list of settings available from the Windows Taskbar. As soon as you type in the first few characters of the program that you're looking for into the main UI, a list of potential choices appears. The more you type, the shorter the list becomes, or you can scroll down to click the item you want.

Customization here is no joke. Users can choose to drag an object onto the bar to create a keyword for said file, folder, or favorite. This is an interesting work-around for the less-than-compelling search feature, which works great with programs but needs to be told via the Settings menu to index your entire hard drive. Another built-in alternative takes advantage of the native Windows searching system, for both XP and Vista users. Users should be able to type "find [text]" and Executor will search for that text.

However, the keyword feature itself works great. Change that "find" to "addremove" and Executor automatically opens up the Windows native Add/Remove Programs options from the Control Panel. It feels like everything else in Executor can be customized, from such superficial aspects such as the skins to how the autocompletion function behaves. You can set it to override the Windows Run hot key, you can swap hot keys around, and you can set URLs, files, or programs to launch as Executor starts. Executor should appeal to power users who are looking to accomplish specific program-launching tasks within a framework that offers a lot of leeway for customization.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.9.9

Version 0.99 adds automatically launching nearest match if no exact match, clipboard commands, and a lot of other new features and fixes.

General

Publisher Chaos Manager
Publisher web site http://www.chaosmanager.net
Release Date August 27, 2009
Date Added August 27, 2009
Version 0.9.9

Category

Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1002.83KB
File Name ExecutorSetup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 27,927
Downloads Last Week 67

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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