Software recommendations to create a personalized composite quick start panel

The Quick Launch bar of Windows is rather homogeneous. With small software such as Rolan, nTrun or Radial Menu, we can organize and quickly launch various shortcut items (such as various programs, folders, URLs, etc.) that we often use in a more flexible way.

1. Drag and drop to add group management quick launch

First of all, you can use Rolan software to achieve quick grouping and unified management of shortcuts. Download Rolan software, after unpacking, there is only one setup.exe executable program, which can be run directly without installation. After the software starts, the interface is exceptionally simple and seems to be blank (Figure 1).


If you want to add an item, just drag it directly to the software window. If you need a group management shortcut, you can right-click on the left side of the window and select “New Group” from the menu to create more group items. The newly created groups can be sorted by name using the right-click menu (Figure 2).


If there are more items added in the Rolan management window and it is difficult to find one of them, you can use the magnifying glass search button in the upper right corner of the window and enter keywords to search. For example, enter QQ to automatically filter out the Tencent QQ program, and click to quickly launch QQ (Figure 3).


Tip: In the “Search” item settings page of the “Settings” window of the software, you can select the “Path and File Name” and “Initial and Pinyin You can quickly locate the software or project by selecting the “Path and filename” and “Initials and pinyin” options to match the initials, pinyin or path and filename.

To facilitate the selection process and avoid taking up space on the desktop, the software panel can be set to be topped and docked around. In the “Settings” window of the software, select the “Launchpad” option, and check the options “Place on top” and “Dock at the edge of the screen for adsorption ” two options can be selected (Figure 4).


2. Run Unlimited Win+R Functionality Enhancement Extensions

Another idea to launch software quickly is to extend the function of Win+R. Normally, we can only use Win+R to launch the “Run” box to run some internal system commands or programs that can be found in the current system path variable. With the help of an nTrun software, you can extend the functionality of Win+R to run any project you specify with Win+R.

Run the software and click the “Add” button to add a new project. Specify a “Start Name” for the project, which is the name of the project that you can fill in and start in the “Run” window in the future. Next, enter or specify the full name of the project’s path in the “Target” box (it can be a variety of programs, or a folder, document, or URL, etc.). Once the project is added, the new entry will appear in the nTrun window list (Figure 5). In addition, bulk items or UWP applications can be added.


After that, we can type the defined startup name in the Win+R startup box to quickly launch the defined project.

3. A unique form of circular startup management

If we think that managing shortcuts in a horizontal or vertical window or menu looks a bit monotonous, we can look for a more “rounded” visual appearance. To do this, you can use Radial Menu, a shortcut management software, to achieve a circular and personalized startup management.

After launching Radial Menu software, click on the Config button to enter the Circle settings interface (Figure 6).


In the software settings window, click the 3 Add buttons to add different categories of shortcut items (Figure 7). Just enter the item description in the Description box, specify the path and actual name of the item in the Application box, enter the window title name in the Windows title box, and specify the icon file in the Icon and add it. After adding, the shortcut icon appears in a circular area with the same radius as the Config settings button.


Tip: In addition, you can also right-click on the empty space of the circle and select Add 3 items in the context menu. To hide the whole circle and its items, just click on the small circle in the middle and the surrounding large circles and items are automatically hidden. To reproduce these items, simply click on the small circle again.

The transparency of the circle interface is also customizable. Simply click on the Opacity button in the software settings screen to enter the transparency settings window and set the transparency to the level you want by adjusting the percentage pointer on the transparency dial (Figure 8). Set to 100% for a completely opaque state.


If you want to change the height and width of the circle, the minimum number of items to be accommodated on the circle, the size of the icons, and the software skin, you can go to the Software Settings window, select the Presentation tab, and personalize the settings with the three sliders, three radio buttons, and the skin selection drop-down menu below (Figure 9).


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