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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 5, 2012

Sometimes we get so used to doing things a certain way--finding a program in the Start menu, or opening our Web browser and entering a Web address--that it doesn't even occur to us that there might be a quicker, easier way to do things. SlickRun is a tiny little utility that can launch programs, open Web sites, record notes, and much more, all from one unobtrusive little bar that you can position anywhere on your screen.

When not in use, SlickRun displays current memory usage and the date and time. Clicking on it turns it into a text box, and typing HELP here brings up an online Help file that explains SlickRun's features.

The program makes use of what it refers to as MagicWords, which are keywords that can be programmed to perform any number of actions. There are a variety of preset MagicWords, which can launch programs, open particular Web sites, and carry out other tasks, and users can easily create new ones. You can also create sets of actions; the "morning" MagicWord, for example, can open your e-mail, your favorite news site, and anything else you like to check first thing in the morning. SlickRun also has a Jot feature that lets you drag and drop text from any program for easy saving.

SlickRun does a lot of different things, and users should plan to spend some time reviewing the instructions and experimenting with its features. But at its heart, the program is extremely easy to use and can be a tremendous time-saver. We recommend it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.3

General

Release December 21, 2011
Date Added December 21, 2011
Version 4.1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 109,951
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

SlickRun is a 32-bit floating command line utility for Windows. Occupying less than 1.5% of a 800x600 display, SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program on your computer. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases, so Enter a web URL into SlickRun and it will launch your browser and navigate to the specified address. Jot a note, look up a definition. SlickRun does it all.