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Labrys v1.0.11

Labrys is a replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog. "Sharp on both sides"

Unlike many other Start menu enchantment applications Labrys does not mimic layout or visual appearance of Start menus existing prior to Windows 8. Instead Labrys uses fresh approaches to provide rapid access to applications and command-line utilities with keyboard, mouse and touch.

Works on:

Windows 7 SP1
Windows 8.1
Windows 10


Uncompromised user interface that is good for keyboard, mouse and touch.
Fast navigation in applications list with alphabetical index.
Prudent screen space usage - menu width can be manually adjusted while whole height is used.
Supports minimalistic view - without icons or large menu items.
Filters for shortcuts.
Combined search / command box.
Jumplists are displayed for all the applications that provide them.
Can launch modern (metro) apps.
Offers full list of power options.
Flexible color theme configuration.
Command autocompletion from history.
File paths completion.
Customizable list of command executors.
Resource-friendly in terms of both memory consumption and computation power.
Supports Hi-DPI displays.
Proper Unicode support.
English and Russian localizations.

Known issues:

This software uses undocumented Windows features that may stop working in the future.
Removing jumplist entries is not yet supported.
Shortcuts changes are not being monitored yet. Implementing this for modern applications is problematic.
Some options (list of shortcut folders) are adjustable only through configuration file.
Reloading of the shortcuts is somewhat slow.
Executing jumplist items with elevated privileges is not supported.
Background color is taken from the windows theme, possibility to manually assign it will be added in the newer versions.
Support for accessibility means is not yet implemented.
Killing Explorer process leads to Labrys crash.
Resetting (reinstalling) video driver leads to Labrys crash. (this may be related to the previous issue)
On Windows 10 some of the "modern" apps are listed with color squares as icons (background and icon color are the same).
On Windows 10 some jumplists are not loaded.
Start button context menu often doesn't popup when being invoked using "press and hold" touch gesture.
Some programs have empty jumplists. This might be caused by jumplist loading failure, however most often they are really empty but Labrys still displays jumplist arror because jumplists being loaded only on demand.


This software is free for non-commercial usage.
No warranties are implied, you are using this software on your own risk.
Labrys does not modify or replace any of the system files.
Labrys does not require administrator privileges to work.
Labrys installer and executables are not digitally signed.
Labrys installs Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package for Visual Studio 2017 only when necessary.

Credits and references:

This software uses Boost and pugi XML libraries.
This software installer is build with Inno Setup.

2018-10-07 v1.0.11
- Reworked keyboard navigation a bit. Using Up and Down key to select items in Apps List does not cause jumplist to be loaded anymore (avoiding lag on slower PCs). Left and Right arrows can now be used to expand / collapse folders and to jump between Apps List and Jump List.
- Items highlighted with mouse cursor and selected with keyboard now always have appropriate visual representation (this may require tunning of existing color themes).
- Implemented support for executing items of "task" type from jumplists of modern apps (for example "New Window" of MS Edge).
- Fixed crash when jumplist item content menu is opened after jumplist was changed to empty jumplist by hovering over different item in Apps list.
- Fixed situation when successful fix of corrupted jumplist was treated as a failure.
- Fixed incorrect handling of pointer input after context menu is dismissed and at some other situations sometimes causing selection to jump.
- Fixed some minor overdraw problems.

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