Software recommendation: keyboard as a medium visual management of shortcut items

Common shortcut management software tends to organize shortcut items in the form of menus, which are commonplace and lack creativity. It would be refreshing to use a free software, MaxLauncher, to manage and present shortcut items in a visual form similar to the keyboard.

Tip: MaxLauncher has a portable version available, run MaxLauncher.exe to start the software. Select the Simplified Chinese language pack from the “Settings→Options” menu’s Language list to Chineseize the software.

1. Give shortcut items for function keys and character keys

After running the software, you will see the keyboard-like interface, including 10 function keys from F1 to F10, and 26 letter keys plus 4 symbol keys, totaling 30 character keys. We can assign shortcut items to these keys: right-click on the button representing a key, select “Edit”, specify the program or file represented by the button in the properties window, and then a shortcut icon will appear on the button (Figure 1). The same method is used to assign shortcuts to the 30 character keys below.


After specifying a shortcut, you can invoke the item pointed to by the shortcut via a function key or a character key. You can also execute the shortcut item by clicking on the button in the interface with the mouse.

Tip: By selecting the “Run with double mouse click” or “Run with two keystrokes” checkbox in the Settings window, you can specify to start the shortcut item by double-clicking the keystrokes (Figure 2). 2.


Use tabs to accommodate more “keyboard” options

By default, MaxLauncher provides 5 groups of tabs for keyboard schemes, each with 30 keys. The number of tabs can be expanded by right-clicking on the tab area and selecting “Add” to add a tab, for a total of 10 tabs (Figure 3).


After configuring the shortcut items for the buttons, if there are too many icons on the buttons and the buttons are too small to show the full content, you can adjust the size of each button by dragging the size of the entire MaxLauncher software window. F1 to F10 buttons can be resized by dragging the gray horizontal line below the buttons up and down (Figure 4).


Tip: You can change the keyboard color through “Settings→Theme” to create a warm environment. Each set of defined programs can be saved as a different .MLD file by “File→Save As”. This way, you can manage multiple shortcut schemes with one software.

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