• New - creates new file
  • Open - opens a file
  • Save As... - saves the current file to a different file name
  • Import... - imports a MadAppLauncher(*.mal) file
  • Exit - closes the program


  • Drag and Drop Mode - allows a user to be able to drag and drop items. When checked, the 4 menu items below are temporarily disabled.
    1. Auto Hide
    2. Always on Top
    3. Always Center on Screen
    4. Hide Empty Tab Buttons
  • Auto Hide - automatically minimizes the program to the system tray. The program is minimized to the system tray when one of the following actions occur: Pressing ESC (escape key) while the program has focus Clicking on the [x] box in the upper-right corner of the program window) Pressing a key or clicking on a button to launch a program
  • Always On Top - makes the program the top-most window
  • Always Center on Screen - automatically centers the program in your screen
  • Hide Empty Tab Buttons - hides empty tab buttons


  • Add Current Data File - adds the current open data file to the list.
  • Organize Data Files... - organize and delete data files on the list. To change the access key for a data file, select the file from the list and in the "Menu name for the currently selected data file:" text box, prepend the letter/access key with an underscore (eg. M_ain.mld)
    • Move Up - moves the selected item up.
    • Move Down - moves the selected item down.
    • Remove - removes the selected item.
    • Sort - sort the menu names in ascending order.
    • Menu name for the currently selected data file: - allows editing of the menu name that shows under the Data menu. Add an underscore ('_') before the letter to be used as a keyboard shortcut. For example, if you want to quickly open a data file with the menu name Games, rename it to _Games. To load it using the keyboard, press Alt+D, then press G.


  • Open Start Menu (User) - opens the current user's Start Menu folder in File Explorer.
  • Open Start Menu (All Users) - Opens the current user's Start Menu folder in File Explorer.


  • HotKey - opens the HotKey configuration dialog box. You can change the key combination used to activate the program in this dialog box.
    • Activate tab - activates the specified tab (*only applies when using the hotkey)
  • Theme - changes the current theme
    • Add - adds a MaxLauncher theme contained in a zip file
    • Delete - deletes the selected theme
    • Copy - creates a copy of the selected theme
    • Customize - allows editing of themes. (Only applies to user customizable themes. By convention, themes that end in an @ sign is customizable.) The properties that are customizable depend on the type of theme.
    • Reset - resets the current theme. (Only applies to user customizable themes. By convention, themes that end in an @ sign is customizable.)
  • Options
    • Minimize on Close - if checked, window is minimized when closing using the UI. Otherwise, the program will be closed.
    • Show in taskbar when minimized - shows the taskbar button when the window is minimized or closed
    • Start minimized - if this option is unchecked, the main window will not be displayed when the program is first launched
    • Auto select tab - activates a tab when the mouse pointer is over it without clicking the mouse button. Note: You can also use the mouse wheel to switch tabs
    • Always show menu - show/hide the menu. When the menu is hidden, press Alt key to show the menu.
    • Open last file used - if checked, updates will be checked on startup
    • Check for updates on startup - if checked, updates will be checked on startup
    • Single instance - if cecked, running MaxLauncher.exe or its shortcut will activate the currently running instance if there is one. Note: single instance mode will only activate the instance that was ran using the same path to MaxLauncher.exe. For example, C:\MaxLauncher.exe will start or activate the instance that was ran using C:\MaxLauncher.exe. If C:\PortableApps\MaxLauncher.exe is ran, it will either create a new instance or activate a running instance of C:\PortableApps\MaxLauncher.exe
    • Double-click mouse to launch - requires a double-click on a button to launch it
    • Press key twice to launch - requires two consecutive presses of a button's key to launch it (e.g. Press E twice to launch whatever is assigned to button E)
    • Language - select the language to use for MaxLauncher


  • Visit Web Site - opens the program's website using the default Internet browser
  • Program Information - displays configuration information
  • About - shows information about the program

Button (Context Menu: right-click)

  • Open file location - opens the folder where the program assigned to the button is located
  • Edit - edits the properties
    • Properties(Tab)
      • Icon
        • Default Icon - uses the associated icon for the program/file
        • Browse Icon... - browse for a custom icon
        • Browse Image... - browse for an image to use as an icon
      • Name - description of the program/file
      • Target - the program or file to run
      • Arguments - command-line arguments used by the program
      • Start In - specify the working directory
      • Run - the initial window state of the program
      • Run as administrator - runs the program with admin privilege
      • Window title - title of the window to match when moving or resizing the window. When matching Windows Explorer titles, it is best to check "Display the full path in the title bar"
        1. Open Windows Explorer
        2. Select Tools from the menu or Alt-T
        3. Select Folder options
        4. select the View tab
        5. check "Display the full path in the title bar"
      • Window process name - specify the process name of the window which title is to be matched. Process names are usually the same as the program.exe's name without the ".exe". Specifying the process name is only necessary when moving/sizing a window when Window title property is insufficient -- some other window is moved/resized instead of the expected one. 

        For example: Lets say you have a button configured to run Excel with its Window title = "Excel" and you have a file named "Excel test.txt" currently open in notepad. When you run Excel, the program may match the notepad window with "Excel test.txt" instead of running Excel. To avoid this behavior, set the Window process name to "Excel" to force the program to only match window titles that is an Excel window.

      • Group ID - specify a name for launching a group of buttons. Set the same Group ID for all buttons to be launched when one of them is pressed.

    • Window(Tab)

      Note: Run must be set to Normal in the Properties tab

      • Location/Size Presets - specify the automatically calculated window size or select Custom to specify the custom location and size of the window
      • When Location/Size Presets is set to Custom, the following will be enabled:
        • Reference Window - select the window that you want to use to fill the location and sizes
        • Left - left coordinate of the window
        • Top - top coordinate of the window
        • Width - width of the window (set to 0 to use the current width)
        • Height - height of the window (set to 0 to use the current height)
  • Cut - copies the properties to the clipboard then deletes them
  • Copy - copies the properties for pasting to another button
  • Paste - pastes the properties currently on the clipboard
  • Delete - deletes the properties

Tab (Context Menu: right-click)

  • Rename - renames the tab's title
  • Add - adds an empty tab
  • Copy - copies the tab and its contents to the internal clipboard
  • Paste - pastes the tab and its contents currently on the clipboard to the specified tab
  • Delete - deletes the selected tab
  • Sort buttons by...
    • Name - sorts the buttons of the selected tab by name
    • Target - sorts the buttons of the selected tab by target