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Wishes and Comments
March - September 1999

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Wonderful program! I too have looked at all of the launchpad-type programs looking for the perfect one. I just downloaded RUNit a few moments ago and it seems to have many of the key ingredients that work for me. For us old-fashioned keyboard junkies, may I suggest one enhancement: hotkey shortcuts to the programs - even if just allowing the ampersand to hotkey a letter - eg. &File Manager would launch File Manager with a press of the "F". Many thanks for your consideration.
Bill Pratt <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 22:39:06 (CEST)

This is a cool program and (it's very important) it is freeware. Exuse me for my terrible English. Bye.
Kotov Sergei
Tolliatty, Samara Region Russia - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 13:56:22 (CEST)

hi lex, beim starten der runit 2.1 beta 6 unter nt4 seh ich überhaupt kein programm, auch kein tray icon, rein gar nichts! der task manager berichtet aber, dass runit läuft ... merkwürdig. unter windows 98 gehts, muss aber erst noch ausführlich testen grüße norbert
norbert <>
at - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 15:09:18 (CEST)

The thank for fixed conflict with van Basco's ScreenSaver, now RUNit (version 2.1 BETA-5) works perfectly. Best regards, NICK
Nick_AD <>
Kiev, Ukraine - Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 15:32:10 (CEST)

Super kleines und schnelles Programm, das ich ständig benutze. Ich könnte verzweifeln wenn ich an einem fremden Rechner sitze, auf dem RUNit nicht installiert ist. Der einzige Verbesserungsvorschlag (Gruppen), den ich hatte ist in der 2.1 Beta 4 bereits realisiert. Das war für mich auch dringend notwendig, da meine Bildschirmauflösung fats nicht mehr gereicht hat, um das gesamte Menü abzubilden. Glückwunsch und vielen Dank Mike
Mike S. Benesch <>
Quierschied, RhP germany - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 10:32:28 (CEST)

Still the best program of its type and the new beta features are fantastic! Two suggestions: 1. The using of sets is great. Would it be possible to be able to transfer entries across sets. When setting up different sets for each border I found I wanted to get move some entries from main to a new set. I had to go to the ini files and cut and paste that way or else reinstall all entries. It would be great to cut and paste between sets in the setup dialog. 2. As Runit is running all the time would an alarm feature be possible. This would save using up more memory with a seperate alarm program. I am thinking of a simple popup reminder type alarm that could be run within runit. Keep up the good work Richard Banham
Richard Banham <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 01:30:53 (CEST)

Von Version zu version (jetzt 2.1 Beta4) wird's besser, obwohl man's kaum noch für moeglich hält! Nur: Warum braucht RUNIT so wahnsinnig viel Haupt- Speicher (2.5MB!, der Explorer braucht etwa 4.6MB, der Task-Manager gerade mal 1.5MB [NT4.0/Sp5]). Wird da irgendwas mitgeschleppt, oder sind irgendwelche Variablen etwas arg großzügig reserviert? Ist nur mal so eine Frage, eng wird's bei mir im RAM natürlich dadurch noch nicht! BL
Bernd Ludwig <>
BRD - Monday, September 13, 1999 at 15:01:26 (CEST)

I think your program great, just one question. On your introduction screen you have the short cut to shutdown windows or into dos mode. How did you setup this shortcut thanks Brad Mustin
Brad Mustin <>
visalia, ca USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 07:51:49 (CEST)

Hi Lex, I stopped by to download the latest beta. This is because I am unable to live without RunIt now and I need/must/am compelled to have the latest version. Very cool program, I highly recommend it. Thanks, Leo
Leo Miller <>
atlanta, GA USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 03:12:41 (CEST)

Runit causes a conflict with Links LS 1998. When running Runit Links LS 1998 refuses to load properly. It keeps minimizing to the task bar and won't go to full screen. Ending Runit fixes the problem immediately and all is well again.
Richard Banham <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Tuesday, September 07, 1999 at 00:03:57 (CEST)

The new beta looking very good! By the way, you have some sense of humor - I especially like the uninstall thingy about the HD :) Nex
Alan Pollock <>
San Diego, CA USA - Monday, September 06, 1999 at 17:43:53 (CEST)

Nice little program. It's almost exactly what I was looking for: small and easy on the resources and the screen territory, while still providing great functionality. Wish I'd written it.
Shawn B <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, September 03, 1999 at 15:33:20 (CEST)

I really like your program, however, I have some suggestions: 1. When Runit is activated from for example the left side of the screen, other windows that are moved over the left border of the screen and back have lines on them (they aren't being refreshed properly. Could this be fixed. Ik occures with all program windows under win95 Osr2 (probably also under other windows versions). For an illustration, see: 2. Can the separators at the top and bottom be removed (they are ugly, not needed and take up space when there is no Runit setup button on the top or bottom of the menu? 3. Could the menu be configured to use multiple borders at the same time, and using left click at the border as well as a right click? (there is nothing else on the borders to click on) 4. The look of the small icons is a bit ugly compared to the small icons in the windows start menu. Large icons look great though. You should use the small icons and not resampled large icons for the small icons! 5. Could the 3d look of the buttons be improved to match the 3d look of the buttons in internet explorer 4 or 5, and could the look and color of the non-3d buttons match the properties of the standard windows menus? I already like your program a lot, I use it constantly, however, I think the features above can make it even better!!! (I don't think you need to build in drag and drop support on the menu itself for the menu items. It works fine this way) Regards and good luck, Edo Hulsebos (
Edo Hulsebos <>
Zeist, Netherlands - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 11:41:17 (CEST)

I am a big fan of your Runit utility. Would you ever consider making it capable of using skins? I don't now whats involved, but thought it might be fun to give it different looks, or be able to make our own skins for it. Thanks!
Mike <>
Lincoln, NE USA - Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 22:50:20 (CEST)

I have a well organized start menu. What are the advantages of also using runit? I am not sure what value I gain. Thanks. Alan
Alan Gornik <>
Western Springs, IL USA - Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 16:56:54 (CEST)

First of all, thanks for the program - one of a handfull I have tried that performs well and provides a fast, useful function. I downloaded the Beta version so that I could use the group feature. The problem that I have been having is that the program fills up, will not accept any new entries except that it will keep entering the last program before the message. When I restart Runit I get a "no bitmap" error message and then empties the ini file so that I have to start entering the programs again from scratch
Paul MacKenzie <>
Dartmouth, NS Canada - Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 16:37:40 (CEST)

yep your tool is very hot. i tried to get any other cool thing like runit, but it's the only one. tiny and shiny. [i love small things]. i have just miss one thing: i need to select the button/key combination to pop-up runit i work with digitzers and was used to remap my right button, so runit no longer knows that it is the right one.
robert landfried <>
abensberg, germany - Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 06:43:19 (CEST)

I've been looking all over for a nice, simple, small, easy, menu for explorer and I want to thank you for Runit! You have done a wonderful thing. My only wish would be to somehow hook into explorer and let the menu bind to the left mouse button anywhere on the desktop (where there are no icons...) I don't know if that is possible, but it would be great... Thanks so much, Steve...
Steve Wilson <>
Midland, TX USA - Sunday, August 22, 1999 at 19:34:26 (CEST)

GREAT about a way to highlight 1 letter of each title to make hotkeys?
dan <>
Hillsboro, MO USA - Friday, August 20, 1999 at 16:38:28 (CEST)

shitty program - ugly icon.
B. Gates <>
USA - Wednesday, August 18, 1999 at 07:55:19 (CEST)

Hallo ! How can I alter the Entries in the List ? For Example I want the third Entry as the first, and the first as the fifth. Thank You for Your answer. When is Your next Version ready ?
Karl-Heinz Kotremba <>
Neustadt, Germany - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 07:44:45 (CEST)

Just wanted to say that I have tried dozens of launchers in my time. In frustration I even wrote my own which I thought was pretty good and did everything I wanted. But then I discovered yours and it was such a great idea and so well implemented I couldn't go past it. Well done and thanks for making it free PS. Just a small suggestion although it must seem trivial. I find having the seperator line at the top of the menu tree a little annoying. Is it possible to make this an option you can use by inserting a seperator like other shortcuts?
Richard Banham <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 01:04:57 (CEST)

If file list is empty and
Thao Nguyen <>
vancouver, BC canada - Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 08:46:29 (CEST)

Hi Lex! Ya know I simply loooooooooooove RUNit (told ya a few times before) One comment/question/complaint : whenever it feels like it, RUNit likes to change icons on me. I realize I can run RUNit without icons, but what phun is dat? What do I want? Good question. Thanks in advance, Lex -stu
stuart <>
trenton, nj USA - Friday, July 16, 1999 at 01:46:20 (CEST)

My E-Mail address has changed from to I am eagerly waiting for the second Beta!!! Thanks
Thomas J. Bowen <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 13:15:50 (CEST)

Hallo ! Nur 'ne kleine Frage: Ist die Anzahl der Programmeintraäge irgendwie begrenzt ? In letzter Zeit häufen sich nämlich RUNit-Abstürze bei mir (NT4.0). Dies geschieht, wenn ich ein neues Programm (bzw. dessen Verknüpfung) hinzufügen möchte. Nach dem Absturz habe ich dann immer ein leeres RUNit-INI-File. Nich so schön, denn wenn ich nicht so vorsichtig wäre und immer hübsch die wichtigsten Daten sichern würde, dann müßte ich jedesmal den ganzen Kram erneut eingeben. Viel Grüße. M.Bölke
M.Bölke <>
- Monday, July 12, 1999 at 16:14:03 (CEST)

Wishes - #1-user definable colors to background. This would be a help to grouping appps. #2-submenus
Barry Brandt <>
Reno, Nv USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 08:52:36 (CEST)

Just wanted to tell you that the new beta version of runit is just great! Even the older version I have been using all this time was excellent, but you added just the right features in the beta version. By the way, you also have some great humor on your web site, the crashit description was a hoot :) Thanks for the hard work, and one of the best utilities I have seen yet for windows.
Mike Shullaw <>
USA - Monday, July 05, 1999 at 23:57:51 (CEST)

would be nice to have a file browse for the path of the used application file. regards andreas
andreas <>
wien, a austria - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 11:58:52 (CEST)

The beta version is working great. It has caused absolutely no problems with Windows 98 (4.10.1998) with IE 5.0 (5.00.2314.1003). Which is very good news. Another bit of good news, if explorer crashes, I lose the icon in the systray, but RUNit runs without problem. On the wish list side, I have found I can create shortcuts for the My Computer drive links and Control Panel applets and link them through RUNit. I'd like to be able link them directly through RUNit (for folder and system access, natch). Because the links method fails, if the links get moved or deleted. Overall, I'm a VERY satisfied customer.
Corwin K. Watts <>
Emporia, KS USA - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 19:45:59 (CEST)

I have just started to set up the current beta version to see how it behaves on my PC and, on putting more non-folder items in the menu, find it seems to have a limit of 50? items. Is there a way to override this to allow more? Thanks, Bob. ps. The menu grouping options are excellent.
R McGrady <>
Victoria Australia - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 05:46:38 (CEST)

Some minor bugs, running Runit 2.1beta1 on NT 4sp3. None of these are serious so I haven't logged them as 'real' bugs: If you choose to have the menu appear when you right click at the bottom of the screen, and you have the windows toolbar autohiding at the bottom, then the toolbar never comes up. The Runit window must be covering it. When I went to change the icon for an item, I got a message telling me that the group "GROUP" could not be found. Then it took me to a page of icons anyway. This happened all the time when I was running Runit the first time, but not today. The 'shortcut' arrow symbol appears over the icons when you drag a shortcut into Runit. It would be nice if the app could follow the shortcut back and use the icon without the shortcut symbol. It would be nice if the setup dialogues were all together, with a 'tab' interface. It would make the app look a little tidier. But obviously this doesn't affect the running of the app at all, so feel free to ignore it!
Alastair Chisholm <>
Edinburgh, UK - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 08:45:51 (CEST)

First off, this is a great bit of software. I've been looking for unobtrusive, easy to use launchers for a while now, but this one is easily the best - simple, fast, easy and painless. The best part is the idea of moving to the edge of the screen and right-clicking - no more autohide windows popping up when you don't need them - great! I'm currently playing around with the beta and it seems ok, I'll let you know if I spot any bugs. In the meantime my only request is that you use the small icons where available, instead of 'scrunching' down larger ones. An option to right-click a file and do "Add to Runit" would be nice too but not essential. Is there a mailing list for new beta releases? If so, count me in.
Alastair Chisholm <>
Edinburgh, UK - Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 09:59:22 (CEST)

How about the ability to organize the list with directories. They need not be true dirs, but at least something that will cut down on the length of the entire list and allow some grouping of similar programs. As it stands now, in 1024 by 768 mode, my Runit list extends almost to the bottom of the screen. Great program! Please keep it as simple as possible, despite pleas like mine (Grin). Nex
Alan Pollock <>
San Diego, CCA USA - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 16:23:50 (CEST)

If the runit.ini file could be placed in a user-selectable folder (i.e. on a shared drive) several people could use the same configuration. Perhaps the program could support both a user-specific runit.ini file kept in the windows folder, and a "shared" ini file.
Mike Baird
USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 17:26:40 (CEST)

1) Submenus 2) Multiple menus activated by ctl+click or shift+ctl+click Sleek program. Excellent concept.
Eric Wootan <>
Albany, NY USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 16:41:31 (CEST)

Since I found your program in the CD of a shareware magazine and installed it (even the magazine didn't give many information about the program) I've been using it every day (it's possibly the program I've most times ever used) and I think that your idea about it is really fantastic. I only want to ask you for two little improvements (sorry for my poor english, I'm Spanish): first, the program produces some "marks" (lines) in the window of the all the programs when moving them by the "hot zone" that makes the menu appear. And second, when the number of items in the list is big enough and the list appears with two arrows (up and down) for moving through the menu: well, could you make the arrows to activate without pressing the mouse button (only putting the cursor over it, like in the Windows 98 start menu). The aim of your program is to make things easier and more simple, and I think this would be a good improvement. That's all. Congratulations for your program and sorry again for my English knowledge, I hope you could understand me.
David de Campo <>
León, Spain - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 01:08:13 (CEST)

This is the best launcher I've tried, thanks for making it available, one thing I would like to do is be able to set the size of the icon, for my thinkpad the small setting is to small and the large to large, but this is minor. also in the 2.1 beta I have not been able to add files to the groups folder, i know it's a bata! Thanks again Tim
Tim Messenger <>
Fairfield, Ia USA - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 17:19:01 (CEST)

hi, RUNit is great. Although probably easier said than done, i would love it if the next version allowed for multiple menu support, so you could have a different menu for each side of the screen, or even just allow for multiple instances of RUNit at the same time. Just a suggestion for an already great program...
carl jones
USA - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 23:07:03 (CEST)

This is what I really have been looking for a long time! Could, the limit of 50 entries be extended to 90-100 to keep trace of all my templates? Thanks!!
Bjørn Wåga <>
Jessheim, Norway - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 14:42:38 (CEST)

Can RunIt be configured to run from a different ini file or path eg on a network drive, to allow multiple users? Just a path sent as a command line parameter would be fine!!
Nick Warren <>
Swindon, UK - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 16:59:21 (CEST)

Hello, Thanks for this great utility. Thanks that it´s freeware. There is one thing I can´t figure out. I put runit into Autostart. But there autimatically is another entry called runit.tmp. Windows asked me then how to open runit.tmp. It doesn´t help to delete this tempfile. After rebooting, the files is back again. I work with 95 and the latest runit version (not the beta). Ulli
Ulrich Heiser <>
Thaleischweiler, Germany - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 09:13:38 (CEST)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I downloaded the beta version this morning and it is FANTASTIC!!! It does have some major bugs,( I'll E-Mail you those ), but the program, with sub-menus, is exactly what was needed to change a fantastic application to a SUPER FANTASTIC application. I believe you will make a lot of money from this ... Give your babies a BIG HUG for me!!! Thanks!!!
Thomas J. Bowen <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 18:05:27 (CEST)

Hi! Your RunIt is a grrreat little program and really managed to kick the famous also little Appbar from my desktop. I'm so happy I could cry! Ahem, probably I'm exaggerating a bit... But, here's the BUT: The icon in the tray is so ugly. Please - if you aren't a great artist let one of your children paint it - at least it will be more - um - interesting :-) On with the great work! BTW: I know the problem with getting no sleep because of two little children - so take your time :-) Frank
Frank Weese <>
Germany - Monday, May 31, 1999 at 08:33:49 (CEST)

My compliments. It's small and efficient. My personal wish: submenues. Keep on the good work, Harald
Harald Schneider <>
Pirmasens, DE germany - Friday, May 28, 1999 at 08:03:17 (CEST)

really nice program - i plan to replace Launchpad with RunIt on my Utility JEMs at: a "feature" i found: - you must ctrl+right_click on a 32 bit application (desktop or a 32 bit ap); ctrl-right_click with the mouse over a 16 bit ap window does nothing a "wish": - add cascading bar (somethink like start menu) options so further organization can be done nice job, john
John Myers <>
Naperville, IL USA - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 14:00:42 (CEST)

Request: Submenus (I bet you get a hundred of these a day!) Comment: F**kin' cool way of alleviating the need for a DLL file. I'd love more details on this trick for a security system I'm building into an app. Thanks, Adam
Adam <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 01:47:29 (CEST)

Oh my god! This is the *exact* program I've been looking for. Nothing is simpler, quicker or easier to configure. Nothing requires such little memory and as little "direct" computer knowledge to use. It's compact, does what it's supposed to and is quicker than a junebug! Thanks so much for this great program.
Adam <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 01:36:55 (CEST)

An excellent program, but could you please advise me of the filename that contains the contents of the list so I can back up my changes. Two ideas for changes. One, being able to use the page up/down key for navigating the list would be useful. Two, allowing group names and a second sub-menu would make this unbeatable, but I also know that growing some applications can eliminate the benefits for which they were originally designed. Bob.
r mcgrady <>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 01:27:40 (CEST)

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Hajo Schlingensief <>
USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 18:55:09 (CEST)

I really like the program, but I have one wish to add to the wish list. I mostly use the program at work on a networked computer. At work, we have a networked user drive which we use to store personal files, programs, etc. Since there are literally several hundred computers, I can log onto any of them and get my data. However... I am not an administrator and do not have access to the Windows NT directory. Unfortunately this means that Runit can't make the runit.ini file because I don't have permission to write in that directory. My wish is to see runit be able to keep the ini file within the directory its running from. (Actually, I do have limited administrator access and can write that file into the windows directory, but I can only really do that for a computer or two since I have to log in as administrator and copy the file into the directory. Doing that to all the terminals I use would take forever.) Thanks for the program...
Bill Charleroy <>
State College, PA USA - Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 17:51:01 (CEST)

Runit needs menus! Ooooh, that would rock so badly. It'd be my launchpad of choice forever and ever if you added menus. ;) Pretty please?
A. H. <>
WI USA - Wednesday, May 19, 1999 at 16:29:04 (CEST)

Wishes: I believe I would like one (or is it two) thing(s) to be added to RUNit. The ability to access drives and/or commonly used folders to the menu. Comments: I truly enjoy using this program, it makes it so easy to get to the programs I use a lot without having to wade through the start menu. I like how I control the order that the programs appear in the menu and what each item is called.
Corwin Kristofer Watts <>
Emporia, KS USA - Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 01:04:10 (CEST)

Can you help? I unchecked the "show tray icon" box in RUNit Setup Options. Before I accepted the setting I got a message saying that I would then only be able to access setup by presiing the "s" key when the launch menu was running. I have done this but, alas, I cannot get into setup this way. Many thanks. Catherine Vaughan
c. vaughan <>
edinburgh, scotland - Thursday, May 13, 1999 at 17:32:09 (CEST)

Great application - just what I need. A user defined hot-spot is an excellent idea - I hate it when an auto-hiden bar pops out when you're in the middle of something else. Congratulations - better than the heavyweight products around. One thing that would be nice - The facility to include sub-groups. So that you could, for example, have 'Office97' in a sub-group shown on the RunIt list, and the individual applications shown when the subgroup is selected. I know I can use a folder, but that means manually closing the folder afterwards. Cheers Jerry
Jerry Cook <>
Southampton, UK - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 18:25:15 (CEST)

I very much like the RUNIT program and have place it in my startup group. However, just recently, a file called RUNIT.TMP also has begun to appear in the startup group as well. When encountered, Windows 98 wants to equate the .TMP extension with a program (eg. Notepad). Have I done something wrong? Thanks very much for sharing your efforts.
Jim Edmonds <>
Crittenden, KY USA - Saturday, May 08, 1999 at 18:46:20 (CEST)

Great program! The only suggestions i can make (which have been made before) is the use of "columns" and "cascading" menu items. Thanks for releasing such a useful tool as freeware! Best wishes!
Victor Gascon <>
Jenkinsville, SC USA - Monday, May 03, 1999 at 17:54:15 (CEST)

Hi Have you thought about making the menu activate under right-clicking anywhere, whether on the desktop or within any application so what the menu does is interface with the running application and 'reads' the active menus and replaces them with an 'auto-find-mouse' Right-Click popup menu? There used to be one on the Amiga called Magic Menu, it rocked :) Best Regards and thanks Marc Fovargues
marc fovargues <>
USA - Sunday, May 02, 1999 at 11:28:54 (CEST)

I loved the uninstall feature, it crashed great!
Gareth Blythe <>
America, On Line - Friday, April 30, 1999 at 04:24:04 (CEST)

First; thank you for releasing this program as freeware! I have a couple of suggestions: o MS-Word 97 seems to detect the right-click, if you click within its window and are using the anywhere-on-the-screen mode with the Control key. o RUNit is great as it is, but cascading menus (or multiple) menus would make it even better! Ian
Ian Bishrey <>
Calne, WI UK - Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 19:35:57 (CEST)

Hi ! First of all i want to say that i like your launchpad very much. I'm surching for such a tool for a long time. Now the little "problem": If the program-list is too long (if it goes over the edge of the screen), how can i get the programs at the bottom of the list ? There's no scrollbar or anything like this. It's no problem in the moment - but maybe you'll think about that. Bye. Michael.
M. Bölke <>
Germany - Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 16:17:45 (CEST)

Yo Lex, Very nice. You've almost got it exactly right. Add one or two features and RUNit will be the best launcher in the business: 1a. Instead of just accessing the main menu with ctrl+alt, why not allow me to choose the key I'd like to use. (In my case, I'd pick F5 all by itself). 1b. In addition, is there any way to have more menus, assignable to additional keys? This way, as one menu fills up (I am assuming they fill up, which may be mistaken), you can create a second, accessible on a different hotkey (which for me would be F6 all by itself). 2. When I tried to launch programs with the keyboard, I had to scroll up or down the menu to the program name. Why shouldn't I be able to launch each program like you can in the start menu or program menu, that is, by pressing the first letter of the title. For example, my menu is as follows: Xywrite Lotus 1-2-3 Write Netscape Eudora I activate the menu, and press X, and Xywrite loads. Fast, and simple, and keyboard based. I hope this helps. And let me know if these changes are possible, and if you eventually do them. Bob Zimmerman
Bob Zimmerman <>
Laurel, MMMd USA - Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 06:17:13 (CEST)

I have chosen RunIt after testing several different launches downloaded from The main idea is so excellent in its simplicity, that it is even difficult to suggest how it can be improved. It is a really good program! I noticed that it is sensible time-by time to look at RunIt menu seriously and remove some items that are used much less often than it was expected when they were added. Maybe it would be interesting to make RunIt to present statistic, how often the different items are used or even to automatically remove (this must be optional, of course) some really unused items,
Audrius Meskauskas <>
Vilnius, - Lithuania - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 13:11:41 (CEST)

Very nice program. Is there a limit to the number of apps you can set up on it? Also, nice running commentary - your humour here on the web page is refreshing
sub <>
unimportant, ON USA - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 16:21:24 (CEST)

hi lex. for the huge sum of monny we had to pay for RUNit, we have the right to demand the next version!!!!!!! on behalf of thousands of people: avner
avner kenner <>
tel-aviv, IL - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 02:02:44 (CEST)

RUNit is the very best tool bar ever.
Richard Gideon <>
USA - Thursday, April 15, 1999 at 01:50:15 (CEST)

I really like RunIt and plan to add it to my Utility JEMs page at probably as a replacement to my current favorite Launchpad. It would be really nice if you have a folder referenced that RunIt cascaded to the folders contents rather than poping up an Explorer window that you have to manually close. Thx, John
John Myers <>
naperville, IL USA - Monday, April 12, 1999 at 20:59:27 (CEST)

RUNit v2.0.1: The program is compact, easy to install, simple to use, and its free. What else could I ask for? You wrote an excellent utility! :-)
Tyrone <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Sunday, April 11, 1999 at 23:31:31 (CEST)

i had hide icon on task bar option on.. when i deleted all my application, there's no way to run setup again since the instruction says right click on the task bar icon to setup applications..
Wilkie <>
LaSalle, ON CANADA - Sunday, April 11, 1999 at 20:22:41 (CEST)

I wonder if you can make the Runit program to have more columns. Right now it can only have one column and if there are too many icons, the rest of the icons just don't show. Can you make a second, third, forth (you get the idea) column so that all the icons will show? Thanks, John
John <>
USA - Sunday, April 11, 1999 at 07:16:08 (CEST)

I wish to thank you for this great app. But I have a suggestion, too: it would be great, if the menu would pop up on leftklicking the tray-icon.
Michael Steidl <>
Rosenheim, BY Germany - Friday, April 09, 1999 at 18:10:27 (CEST)

The program itself is great and I find I can no longer do without it. Now, if those icons would just behave and stay attached to the correct selection on the menu bar. As it is, I no longer display the icons.
Tom <>
Seattle, Wa USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 18:43:29 (CEST)

I wish you could add URL pages to runit
Tony Cilwa <>
Manchester, nh USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 06:20:24 (CEST)

Congratulation! You are not a lazy person. With several columns in the menu it will be easier to sort out applications by category. I like RUNit. Thank you.
Gerard Cimen <>
Paris, France - Monday, April 05, 1999 at 23:25:58 (CEST)

" One thing I really would like to realize in one of the next releases is the ability to drag shell objects into the RUNit program list - without having to create a shortcut first" ME TOO ;-) BTW: RUNIT IS A GREAT LITTLE PIECE OF SOFTWARE. NICE WORK !!!
Oliver Martin <>
Frankfurt, Germany - Sunday, April 04, 1999 at 17:55:53 (CEST)

Excellent piece of software. Thanks. Question: Every now and then some of the icons next to the names get messed up. When that happens, I go to the runit.ini file and remove bunch of ico-path and ico-idx entries to fix the problem. What's going on?
Suleyman Guleyupoglu <>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, April 02, 1999 at 20:28:00 (CEST)

I love the 2.01b version I just downloaded. I use it at home and at work. I have a lot of applications that I want to put in it but would like to group them. Is it possible to add functionality for groups that would stem out to applications. Just curious.
Ron Ruminski <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, April 02, 1999 at 18:13:39 (CEST)

Thanks a lot. Your program does a lot with very little overhead. Have you thought about being able to make each menu item have it's own hot key. For example Word could be the 'W'; and Excel could be 'E'. That way you could call up the menu, select & run items without using the mouse. Thanks again.
Dan <>
Hillsboro, MO USA - Thursday, April 01, 1999 at 19:01:11 (CEST)

Lex, How can I run a batch file just by itself? For example: D:\gogetem.bat Each time I try it "RUNIT" brings up a MS-DOS window real quick then shuts the window. I'm running it on NT, "RUNIT" version 2.0.1a I love this program. Simple and Sweet.
Chris Guarnera <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Thursday, April 01, 1999 at 03:24:06 (CEST)

Finally, a replacement for my old 3.1 "AddMenu" program. Excellent program especially with the command line arguments. I do have one comment/wish/question. Is there a way to add another row to the display? I had to change my display font to 6 to be able to list the programs I wanted to see and, at that, have many programs grouped together in folders. In any event, thanks and regards. Paul MacKenzie "Never underestimate the power of a good ad".
Paul MacKenzie <>
Dartmouth, NS Canada - Friday, March 26, 1999 at 18:49:36 (CET)

I really enjoy RUNit, and I use it quite a bit. For some reason, though, my NT laptop doesn't like to reboot/restart when I'm running RUNit. I was wondering if there's a way to put an 'exit RUNit' choice on the menu, (instead of the setup dialog) so that I can easily shut it down before rebooting my machine? Thanks, again for the cool app, -g-
Garrett <>
San Mateo, CA USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 23:26:33 (CET)

I really like this program runit. But I am using windows 98 and it quits responding on me sometimes. Also I cannot figure out how to put a folder in it? It only opens the folder and suggests that I can only add a file in the folder but not the whole folder am I doing something wrong...i see no way to correct this. Your help would be appreciated very much. Sincerely, Gigi
gigi <>
clearlake, ca USA - Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at 21:25:20 (CET)

I would like to use RunIT to start different Word templates. I have around 100 templates I would like to use. But when I configure all of them into RunIT I'm missing a scrolling function so I can view all items in the list.
helge veidahl <>
Hamar, Norway - Monday, March 22, 1999 at 14:20:15 (CET)

It's a fun program. But can you add the possibility to make sub-menus ? And can you make a french version ?
Jean-Michel BRACONNIER <>
SEDAN, FRANCE - Monday, March 22, 1999 at 14:13:46 (CET)

Hello, I like very much RUNit. It simplifies my life. But could you modify it so that when clicking, the start menu appears where I have clicked ? It would be very useful. Thanks and bravo Richard from Senegal
richard Canal <>
dakar, senegal - Monday, March 22, 1999 at 13:13:18 (CET)

I am investigating possible launchpads (I am not very happy with my current one) and have read your pages regarding runit quite carefully. My one question is whether it supports "multiple" pads. By this I mean a pad called "noah" which lists the programs I specify, and, at a click of a mouse, another pad called "sarah" which lists the programs specified by another person who shares a computer. Thank you for your attention to this question. Best regards. --noah
noah kaplan <>
ny, ny USA - Sunday, March 21, 1999 at 21:48:13 (CET)

Hi there---I want to feature Runit in my next update at Shell Extension City, but first, you gotta tell me that comment about a bug in the uninstall is a joke! I don't want my visitors blaming ME cause they have to formate their HDs. If it's a joke it's funny (I think) but people are so wary of downloading proggies off the internet, some might take you seriously!!!!!!! Thanks for making the program freeware, by the way.... SHELL EXTENSION CITY:
Bob <>
USA - Sunday, March 21, 1999 at 03:52:04 (CET)

Love RUNit - I'm an admitted utility junkie and have tried 99% of the menu programs out there trying to find the one I can live with. Thank you for your efforts and sharing with the rest of us!
Neil Schlosser <>
Calgary, AB Canada - Saturday, March 20, 1999 at 17:38:38 (CET)

Hi LEX, I am a network administrator at an Australian High School, and as you can imagine the desktop has to be pretty well protected. However, I would like to give the staff the little extra freedom that you program offers to create easy-access shortcuts. My wish [should you decide to accept it :-) ] is that RUNit would take a command line paramter for an alternate location for RUNIT.INI. PS. You attitude towards software writing is much appreciated by those in education - thank you. Bob Hart
Bob Hart <>
Newcastle, NSW Australia - Saturday, March 20, 1999 at 14:24:37 (CET)

1. Does RUNit use up much memory? 2. Is there really an uninstall problem with a program that does not have an installation program or that does not write to the Registry? " one who has ever tried it could live without it anymore (at least without reformatting the harddrive - a bug in the uninstall part of the program...)" ?
Karl <>
Waterbury, CT USA - Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 01:47:18 (CET)

After having a little time to play with your program, there is one thing I wish it supported. By the way, I'm running it on a Windows 4.0 workstation running Service Pack 4 and Internet Explorer 5.0. It would be really nice if you could have category buttons that listed the multiple programs within that category. Thanks again for the FANTASTIC tool ...
Thomas J. Bowen <>
St. Louis, Mo USA - Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 01:21:13 (CET)

This Is A REALY NEAT Toy!!! I have tried just about all of the toolbars out there and this is exactly what I have been looking for. Keep up the great work ...
Thomas J. Bowen <>
St. Louis, Mo USA - Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at 22:34:16 (CET)

Thank you......this is a great application, Does exactly what I want it to do with no fuss, no muss.
Sylvia Dorman <>
Nanaimo, BC Canada - Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at 14:52:52 (CET)

Hi Nice program! One feature that would be nice is to make the menu appear with the middle mouse button anywhere on screen(without holding down a key). I never use that button anyway. I do a little programming, and I have to ask, how did you make the miniture view of the desktop on the Options page? Did you do a screen capture and shrink it, or something different. That's the first time I've ever seen that. It's a neat effect!
Kevin Arvin <>
Loogootee, IN USA - Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 19:18:46 (CET)

Like others, I'd like either submenus or cascading menus so that I can group like itmes together in subcategories. But thanks for making useful software available at a very affordable price! (G)
USA - Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 01:41:40 (CET)

Love Run-it! Cannot access setup by hitting "s" key (2.01) Thanks in advance -stu
STU <>
USA - Monday, March 15, 1999 at 04:21:53 (CET)

I found a version from somewhere almost two years ago and have run it from Windows 95/98, NT4 SP4 all the way to NT5 Beta 3 now - barring a few slight issues with other apps I run, it's worked flawlessly. At that time, I couldn't find any links to the author, so here's long-overdue thanks - and congratulations on an excellent program!!! Suggestions: keep watching the memory footprint as you improve the program, and cascading menus with groups would be nice.
Girish Nazhiyath
Wake Forest, NC USA - Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 18:14:19 (CET)

Hi there---Runit looks like a great proggie. Back when I used Win 3.1 I used a UK program called Backmenu as my shell. Runit looks very similar. I intend to feature it on the next update of my site, Shell Extension City
Robert <>
USA - Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 17:56:05 (CET)

Option to activate RUNit by third mouse button
Adam Flott <>
Austin, TTX USA - Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 06:28:55 (CET)

I have only been using your little program for 24 hours, and I love it. Thank you for creating such a great little program. I had tried one before, but it was about ten times larger than yours and not half as convienient and capable. Keep up the great work
Corwin Watts <>
Emporia, KS USA - Saturday, March 13, 1999 at 06:43:43 (CET)

Question/Wish I'd like to run this program from a network drive so that multiple people can use the shortcuts. Can the .ini file reside in the same directory as the .exe? Thanks.
Chris Davis <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Friday, March 12, 1999 at 07:50:36 (CET)

hi. well second e-amil after an hour. i read all the pages, and man - u r funny. :) . i take back my suggestion about the default dir for the icons, now that i saw that i can change it in the ini file. BUT i found that "left mouse Setup=1" doesn't work on my computer. now the only way for me to bring up runit is by ctrl-shift. i'm using win98 with hundreds of progs running. btw, i saw your program at and only here at your pages, i discovered that u know amihai yaccobi. hehe. he's a friend of mine. cya
avner <>
tel-aviv, israel - Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 03:10:59 (CET)

hey. great program. i've been using blanch until now, but runit seems much lighter and brighter :) what i would like to suggest is having the ability to use two runits running at the same time from different locations on the screen. for instance a click on the left side of the screen will bring up my internet shortcuts, and clicking on the right side of the screen will bring up my music shortcuts. (and why not a third one by clicking on top to get my graphics proggies running.) another suggestion: when browsing for an icon, why not go back to the last location of the icons, instead of the default run32.dll. thank u avner
avner <>
tel-aviv, israel - Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 02:30:44 (CET)

Nice little program but it kills the universal scrolling on my mouse.
Rob Benton <>
Dover, PA USA - Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 23:35:05 (CET)

Well well well....I saw your new version at Nonags and came here to download it. I have been using v.1 for about a year, and it has proven most valuable. I can't wait to try out this version. BTW, I am glad you gave us the option to keep the left mouse click setup access (as an .ini tweak) -- I would definitely have missed that feature. Thanks for a great program. Leo
Leo <>
Atlanta, USA - Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 20:33:05 (CET)

Thank you...wonderfull program. I am a "launcher" junkie, and Runit is my favorite. I also use Blanch because it is easy to use & comes with a chimer that rings on the hour & half hour. But I use Runit most of the time. Nice...small...easy...& FREE !!!!.....Thanks
Lonnie Dillman <>
Shreveport, La USA - Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 15:46:16 (CET)

The demo of RunIt on your webpage shows re-start in Z81. I assume that means "Sinclair's" Z81. I use to run a converted version of that system on my computer until I upgraded to a 233Mhz MMX machine running Win95 (with opportunity to go into the "old" DOS). Then it displayed that my machine was too fast for the Z80 and I lost opportunity to play some of my "favourites". Can you get to run your Z81 on a "fast" machine and if so "how?" Arthur
Arthur <>
Londonderry, UK - Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 06:01:57 (CET)

Hi Lex I really like RUNit, it sure is one of the best freeware programs out there Just 2 things- * the Chnage Icon doesnt seem to work on my NT machine (I will send you an email with more details) * it would be nice if there was an option to turn off the update of the screen bitmap (rather slow on my machine)
Jeff Stevenson
LA, CA USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 17:35:47 (CET)

hallo lieber magister lex, ist doch nett, daß ich jetzt auch endlich weiß, daß du eine homepage hast. sobald ich meine neue maildaresse habe, schick ich sie dir. liebe grüße an sonja und felix bussi sabine
sabine <>
vienna, a austria - Thursday, March 04, 1999 at 13:35:04 (CET)

I enjoyed your Site, now I have to run and get all my neighbours to come and see my name in lights!! Thanks again, Jim
Jim McClelland <>
Duncan, BC Canada - Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 02:21:13 (CET)

Hello! First, I want to compliment you on both a wonderful program, and on your excellent CENTS of humor on your web page! I love the HD reformat bug with the uninstall program, and the restart in ZX-81 mode (which was my first computer), and of course the letters to and from Bill Gates! I have only two things to mention on version 2 of RUNit. First, and this is minor, it would be nice if RUNit would either cascade the menu windows, if you had so many that it filled up the screen, or somehow would scroll through the list. Of course, I could just limit my shortcuts, but that would be taking away from the use of your wonderful program! Secondly, it would be nice to have an option in the setup to be able to left-click at the active region of the screen, to access the setup menu, rather than having to use CTRL-SHIFT-Right-click. That would just make it a bit easier. I chose not to have the setup option appear in the list because it would take up an extra spot that could have been used for another shortcut. Anyway, these are minor issues, and I am extremely happy with the program just as it is. You've done a wonderful job, and I appreciate your generosity. I'm recommending this program to everyone I know! Jeff
Jeff Owen <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 01:13:45 (CET)

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