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One-click access to favorite programs, files and folders

Quick Access to Favorite Programs, Documents and Folders. Click to view full size image. The simplest and the fastest way to quickly launch a program or open a document is to place a shortcut to it on the Desktop or in the Quick Launch bar. But in time you find out that your Desktop is filled up with lots of shortcuts which you hardly ever used and is like a scrap-heap.

To clean up your Desktop and keep it as bare as possible, but at the same time have fast access to the frequently used programs, documents and folders you need Favorite Shortcuts. It is a very easy-to-use quick launch tool that provides one-click access to the hierarchical list of your favorite items.

Favorite Shortcuts menu available:
  • in the Windows Desktop context menu
  • in a folder background shortcut menu
  • in the Windows Explorer File menu
  • in the Internet Explorer Favorites menu
  • in the Windows taskbar notification area (system tray)
  • in any application using a hotkey.

To bring it up, right-click an empty spot on your desktop (or any other folder), point to Favorite Shortcuts or Quick Launch, and then click an item in the popup menu. You can also right-click on the special icon in the taskbar notification area (system tray) to display the favorite shortcuts menu. To display the Quick Launch menu just left-click that system tray icon.

How to bring up Quick Launch or Favorite Shortcuts Menu. Click to view full size image. Another way of calling Favorite Shortcuts or Quick Launch menus are hotkeys. Set hotkeys for Favorite Shortcuts and Quick Launch using the Configuration Manager (CTRL+W and CTRL+Q are default values), and then press the hotkey when you are working in any program to bring the correspondent menu up.

In order to add subfolders to the list, move shortcuts, add new items or delete unused, select Organize Shortcuts or Organize Quick Launch in the menu, and than manipulate shortcut files in the Favorite Shortcuts or Quick Launch folder.

There are two special submenus in the Favorite Shortcuts menu, such as Recent Documents and Recent Folders. They display most recently used documents like Windows does, and most recently opened folders in a separate list. Number of items in these menus, age of shortcuts included into them can be configured via Configuration Manager.

How to Add a New Item to the Favorite Shortcuts menu in Windows Explorer. Click to view full size image. New items can be added to the favorite shortcuts or quick launch list in several ways. The simplest one is to right-click a file or a folder in Windows Explorer, and select Add To Favorite Shortcuts or Add To Quick Launch in the context menu. The second, more flexible way, is to select Organize Shortcuts or Organize Quick Launch on the menu, open the correspondent folder on the disk, and then drag-and-drop any item from your Desktop, Start Menu or any other location.

Also Favorite Shortcuts folder can be opened by double-clicking the system tray (taskbar) icon. You can add new subfolders and organize your shortcuts into groups. It's much more convenient than have a huge plain list.

If some items are disabled in the menu, this means that you should delete them from the list or fix those shortcuts properties as they point to removed files or folders.

As Favorite Shortcuts provides fast and convenient access to Windows Quick Launch items, you can turn the Quick Launch toolbar off and still have access to all Quick Launch items. Moreover, with Favorite Shortcuts you can add subfolders to your quick launch toolbar and organize that items into groups.

Favorite Shortcuts Configuration Manager. Click to view full size image. Favorite Shortcuts Configuration Manager provides a very convenient and friendly interface to configure additional options.

During setup you can select whether to create preconfigured sets of shortcuts to essential Windows locations like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Quick Launch, Printers, Fonts, Recent Documents, Internet History, Network Places, Network and Dial-up Connections and so on.

As you can see Favorite Shortcuts provides fast and convenient access to the most frequently used applications, files and folders. It is easy-to-install and very easy-to-use and could be of help to experienced users and beginners alike. Don't just take our word for it. Download Your Free Evaluation Copy of Favorite Shortcuts and try it for yourself.

Favorite Shortcuts v1.8.3

An easy-to-use desktop quick launch menu that provides one-click access to the hierarchical list of frequently and recently used programs, documents and folders. It is available as a hotkey-called popup menu, as an additional submenu in Desktop context menu, in folder background shortcut menu, in Windows Explorer File menu, in Internet Explorer Favorites menu and as a system tray icon in taskbar notification area.

Key features:

  • quick launch of frequently used programs
  • fast access to favorite folders and documents
  • one-click access to recently used folders and documents
  • removing of unused shortcuts from your Desktop
  • quick access to essential Windows locations
  • using hotkeys to access quick launch items
  • easy configuration and use

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Note. This software requires Windows 98/ME/2000/XP or Windows 95/NT with Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later) and Windows Desktop Update installed.

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