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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This streamlined freeware utility offers quick access to your files and applications. You need not install the program, just unzip and run the EXE file and you're ready to go. StartEx places an autohiding button in the upper-left part of your screen that offers a menu of preset categories such as WinTools, Graphics, and Audio Video. You can delete or create new categories to best suit your needs and easily drag and drop files and programs to populate them. StartEx is easy to set up and use, and lets you create a faster way of accessing commonly used items. Any user looking for a quick way to group and launch their favorite and most frequently used files and programs will appreciate this handy freeware application.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added March 14, 2006
Version 2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,058
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

StartEx categorizes your apps into colorful groups which lets you launch a program immediately instead of wasting time searching in your big Start menu. This is why it is called StartEx. Unlike other normal app launchers, StartEx don't occupy any desktop space or system tray space. It hides at the top left corner of the screen most of the time. Once you need it, just move your mouse to the corner and a yellow button will appear. Clicking the button reveals a customizable drop menu. The menu contains your program icons which well categorized into colorful groups. You can customize the color of each category to your preference using the full Windows color palette, and also add or remove categories as needed. StartEx fully supports Drag&Drop. Adding a new icon is as simple as dragging it onto the menu, and you can also move items between categories in the same way.