LaunchOnFly is a system-tray resident launcher for programs, bookmarks, and folders. It installs a LaunchOnFly entry in the Windows right-click send to menu that can be used to easily add entries to the launcher.

Here are some notes on this program:

  • Highly configurable, with the ability to order entries, add separators, subfolders, and even add columns to spread your entries horizontally (see screenshot). Allows you to use a custom icon for any program if you want, to you launch command line interface executables with parameters. There’s an option you can use to launch programs minimized (or maximized) by default, but for whatever reason it didn’t work for me when I tried it.
  • Adding programs and folders is a breeze; all you have to do is right click on the program icon (or shortcut) or the folder and select “LaunchOnFly” within the Windows send-to menu. A brilliant idea, I must say, and works really well.
  • Program can be run using (all or any) of the following methods: clicking the icon in the system tray, through a user-defined hotkey combination, by mousing a defined corner of the screen, or using the mouse wheel.

There are many system-tray based launchers available but I must say this is one of the best that I have seen. If a system-tray launcher sounds like it could be useful to you you could do worse than use this one.

Version tested: 1.32

Compatibility: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Go to the download page to get the latest version (approx 2.43 megs). Also visit the program page.