Mac OS users have experienced this scenario where it becomes a tiresome job to find the applications and system utilities from its default Application folder. Although, it can be directly accessed from the system Dock, but still among the large number of applications installed, it becomes quite a difficult task to find the one you are looking for. In order to overcome such issues and problems, Mac OS X Lion introduced a new utility, named as Launchpad and it has been specially developed to overcome the above mentioned scenario related with Application folder. It helps the user by quickly finding the installed applications. It not only finds those apps, rather it organizes them and also allows the user to launch such applications through this utility.
Due to its popularity and ease of using it, a similar utility or we can say a clone for Mac OS X Launchpad has been developed for Windows 7 users as well. Although, we all know that Windows 7 Taskbar, makes it very easy for its users to keep frequently used applications at fingertips, but still you all may need a Mac OS X Launchpad alternative to conveniently organize your large number of installed apps in your system.
WinLaunch is basically a small, easy to use, helpful and a freely available utility which as already mentioned clones Mac OS X 10.7 Launchpad, and allow its users to quickly manage all the installed applications as well as launch most frequently used applications with just a simple single click. It also allows you to add as many applications, files, shortcuts, folders etc. as you want and it will manage all of them irrespective of this long list of apps.
This utility can be easily downloaded and installed in your system from the link given below. After launching it, you may observe that however, it doesn’t scan the system for already installed applications, but it do that for all the newly installed apps. Now, in order to begin with the utility, you just need to run the WinLaunch.exe executable file downloaded from the link below. As already mentioned that it doesn’t automatically add apps to the page, so for that you need to use ‘F’ key and start dragging applications over its window so that further processing can be done by the utility itself.
In order to change any configuration, you may use the Settings option which can be accessed from the bottom-left corner. It allows you to change the default hotkey combination for launching the application, and along with that it also allows you to add more pages to Launchpad. On the other hand, if you want to remove some apps than you may observe that removing apps from the page is pretty easy. All you need to do is to just select and hold an application which you want to remove until the application icons on the page start to jiggle, and then simple click on the Close (X) button above an app to remove it from the page.
Overall we can say that it is a nice little utility and if interested than you may download it from the link given below in order to explore more of its features.