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Executor 0.99.12b

An advanced launcher tool for Windows power users

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 February 2014
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Downloads To Date: 356
Developer: Martin Bresson
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Executor
Executor is an advanced alternative to the Windows Run dialog

When it comes to launching program in Windows, most people will make use of Start menu, desktop or taskbar shortcuts More advanced user may feel at home using Windows’ Run dialog to gain greater control over the launching process and the most recent version of the Windows Start menu includes a number of options that make it an even more flexible launching tool. But if you’re looking for something even more powerful and flexible, Executor may be just what you need.

The program is essentially a super powerful version of the Run dialog which can be customized to precisely suit the way you work. Executor can be used to not only launch apps, but also access web sites, perform searches, and much much more. By assigning keywords to programs or groups of programs, it is possible to quickly launch your more frequently used apps by typing just a few letters. The ability to group applications together means that multiple apps can be launched simultaneously so you can create shortcuts that launch a set of tools required for different tasks.

If this does not enable you to launch apps quickly enough, hotkeys can be created to make launches even easier and faster. Executor can also be used to interact with programs and windows you have open – for example, you can use keyboard shortcuts, keywords and hotkeys to maximize or center a window, or even control Windows’ settings such as volume or display settings. This is an extremely versatile tool that can be put to endless uses.

As well as providing you with an array of new options, Executor is decidedly better looking than the standard launcher options built into Windows and third party alternatives. Support for skins means that if you have taken the time and effort to customize your copy of Windows you can ensure that Executor matches it – this might seem like a minor point, but as this is a tool you are going to be using on a daily basis it is important that you are comfortable with the look and feel.

Version 0.99.12b is a bug fix release.

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An immensely powerful launcher that far exceeds the capabilities of similar tools.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

Free Full Commercial Software

This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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