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Keybreeze Desktop

By Keybreeze Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of Keybreeze Desktop

  • Press a hotkey and type a keyword to perform almost any task on your computer
  • Last updated on 07/12/21
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 3 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 26, 2011

One of our least favorite things about Windows is the Start menu. It's kind of a pain to get to the application or document you need, especially if it's something that you don't use very often. But who wants a desktop cluttered with shortcuts? Keybreeze is a fantastic program that makes it extremely easy to launch just about everything with a few keystrokes. We have trouble imagining a Windows user who wouldn't benefit from this time-saving utility.

Keybreeze is activated by a hot key; by default it's the semicolon, but this can be changed. Once Keybreeze is active, a small toolbar appears; you simply start typing what you want to access, and the toolbar generates a predictive list of suggestions. There are more than 80 preset actions that Keybreeze can initiate, including launching common applications, Web sites, and menus. You want the calculator, the Display Properties dialog, or MapQuest directions? Just type the keyword into the toolbar and Keybreeze will launch it within a matter of seconds. We found it quite easy to add our own keywords as well, adding often-used documents and Web sites to Keybreeze's repertoire of commands. In addition to these extremely useful features, Keybreeze also has a notes function that lets you create notes and set reminders and a macro editor. An online tutorial and FAQ give you an overview of how the program works. Overall, we were quite impressed with Keybreeze; we loved being able to access everything on our computer so quickly and easily. This is one of the few programs that we've reviewed that we'll actually keep around for personal use.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.7.0

Keybreeze Desktop is now free and open source. There is no longer a paid Pro version. All the features of the Pro version are included for free in this latest version, with the exception of Keybreeze Sync. Keybreeze Sync has been discontinued in this version. Fixed an issue with the Clipboard Monitor when searching for an entry and copying it to the clipboard did not always copy the correct item. Fixed an exception that occurred when typing an unrecognized entry that had a dash as the second character, such as a-aaa. Added the ability to add comments in macros, e.g.


Release July 12, 2021
Date Added July 12, 2021
Version 5.7.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.0


Total Downloads 74,773
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Keybreeze Desktop is a small, command-line toolbar that's only visible when you are using it. Press a hotkey on your keyboard to activate it. Then type a few letters on your keyboard to open files, folders, and websites, search your computer for files, search within files, search websites, paste custom text into text fields, keep windows on top of other windows, perform multiline calculations, automate mouse clicks and keystrokes, access clipboard history, create sticky notes and set reminders, and more.