In Windows you already have either a Quick Launch bar (Vista) or the new Taskbar (Seven) to place shortcuts to frequently used programs but this gadget can give you a little more space to place shortcuts and clear even more icons from your desktop.

The App Launcher V3 has been downloaded from the Windows 7 Personalization Gallery over 337,000 times and has an average score of three stars so it is a popular sidebar gadget.

This one is also very customizable and you will need to spend some time looking through all the options it has available:

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Download the App Launcher V3 Windows Sidebar Gadget