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Windows 7: Is there a way to make one shortcut to open multiple apps in windows ?

16 Jun 2016   #1
Strike105X

Windows 8.1 x64 Profesional
 
 
Is there a way to make one shortcut to open multiple apps in windows ?

Hi, what i want is to make one desktop shortcut which brings me to a selection of which app do i want to launch, it can even be a batch script (though the only one i know is for launching multiple apps from one batch file, not a selection).

I don't want to use a desktop launcher like rocketdock or object dock, all i want is for a very basic way or app to have an app selection from one shortcut.


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19 Jun 2016   #2
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi Strike105X, welcome to 7F!

What a coincidence! We touched on this the other day, there's a way I described by using a batch [.bat] file but that's not what you need maybe UsernameIssues suggestion of using Autoit may help.

The thread is here: Possible to Link Two items in Taskbar?
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20 Jun 2016   #3
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Strike105X View Post
Hi, what i want is to make one desktop shortcut which brings me to a selection of which app do i want to launch, it can even be a batch script (though the only one i know is for launching multiple apps from one batch file, not a selection).

I don't want to use a desktop launcher like rocketdock or object dock, all i want is for a very basic way or app to have an app selection from one shortcut.
It is possible to show a menu of items to select from in a batch file.
Guess this tutorial is what you need.

Batch Files - Create a Menu to Execute Commands
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20 Jun 2016   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

In the old days of W 3.1-WFW 3.11, W95-98-98SE, batchfiles can contain a choice [if X/do X, if error input/do error message] routine, which results in the enduser seeing a brief menu of items possible, the batchfile "waits" for enduser input, enduser inputs a "legal" choice, batchfile calls the program's batchfile or the program itself. Do you want a sample of that choice routine? I do not know if such a batchfile will work within Windows 7 or not -- do you want to experiment and report back?
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20 Jun 2016   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Obviously, you can modify and vastly simplify the below to suit you! Here is one example of a long ago batchfile:

::MODULAR/OBJECT-ORIENTATION BY RJ STOLLER JERRY-ROLAND USA
@ECHO OFF
ECHO CHOICES.BAT INVOKED %1
IF %1!==! C:\DOS\FIND.EXE "1!==" C:\BAT\CHOICES.BAT
IF %1!==! GOTO END
IF %1!==ASK! GOTO ASK
IF %1!==APPEND! GOTO APPEND
IF %1!==GRAPHICS! GOTO GRAPHICS
IF %1!==SHARE! GOTO SHARE
IF %1!==TSR_VIR! GOTO TSR_VIR
IF %1!==PRN2FILE! GOTO PRN2FILE
:ASK
:APPEND
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS APPEND NO DOS APPEND IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO AL_NO
LH C:\DOS\APPEND.EXE /E /X:ON
:AL_NO
IF %1!==APPEND! GOTO END
:GRAPHICS
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS GRAPHICS NO DOS GRAPHICS IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO GL_NO
LH C:\DOS\GRAPHICS.COM LASERJETII C:\DOS\GRAPHICS.PRO /PRINTBOX:STD
:GL_NO
IF %1!==GRAPHICS! GOTO END
:SHARE
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS SHARE NO DOS SHARE IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO SL_NO
LH C:\DOS\SHARE.EXE /F:2048 /L:20
COPY C:\BAT\ENTER.BAT C:\FILES\FLG\SHARE.FLG>NUL
:SL_NO
IF %1!==SHARE! GOTO END
:TSR_VIR
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS TSR_VIRs NO DOS VIRSTOP IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO VP_NO
LH C:\UTIL\VIRSTOP.EXE /BOOT /WARM /NOTRACK
C:\UTL\F-TEST.COM
:VP_NO
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS TSR_VIRs NO DOS VSHIELD IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO VS_NO
ECHO |C:\UTIL\VSHIELD.EXE /ANYACCESS /CONTACT {VIRUS(ES) FOUND}
C:\UTIL\CHKVSHLD.EXE /DISPLAY
:VS_NO
IF %1!==TSR_VIR! GOTO END
:PRN2FILE
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS PRN2FILE NO DOS PRN2FILE IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO PL_NO
LH C:\UTIL\PRN2FILE.COM /B04 /P1
:PL_NO
IF %1!==PRN2FILE! GOTO END
GOTO END

:END

Ok, we have a problem! Batchfile requires choice.com -- probably time to move onto another solution!
And, I have forgotten why I had a find.exe in the opening.
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20 Jun 2016   #6
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Obviously, you can modify and vastly simplify the below to suit you! Here is one example of a long ago batchfile:

::MODULAR/OBJECT-ORIENTATION BY RJ STOLLER JERRY-ROLAND USA
@ECHO OFF
ECHO CHOICES.BAT INVOKED %1
IF %1!==! C:\DOS\FIND.EXE "1!==" C:\BAT\CHOICES.BAT
IF %1!==! GOTO END
IF %1!==ASK! GOTO ASK
IF %1!==APPEND! GOTO APPEND
IF %1!==GRAPHICS! GOTO GRAPHICS
IF %1!==SHARE! GOTO SHARE
IF %1!==TSR_VIR! GOTO TSR_VIR
IF %1!==PRN2FILE! GOTO PRN2FILE
:ASK
:APPEND
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS APPEND NO DOS APPEND IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO AL_NO
LH C:\DOS\APPEND.EXE /E /X:ON
:AL_NO
IF %1!==APPEND! GOTO END
:GRAPHICS
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS GRAPHICS NO DOS GRAPHICS IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO GL_NO
LH C:\DOS\GRAPHICS.COM LASERJETII C:\DOS\GRAPHICS.PRO /PRINTBOX:STD
:GL_NO
IF %1!==GRAPHICS! GOTO END
:SHARE
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS SHARE NO DOS SHARE IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO SL_NO
LH C:\DOS\SHARE.EXE /F:2048 /L:20
COPY C:\BAT\ENTER.BAT C:\FILES\FLG\SHARE.FLG>NUL
:SL_NO
IF %1!==SHARE! GOTO END
:TSR_VIR
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS TSR_VIRs NO DOS VIRSTOP IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO VP_NO
LH C:\UTIL\VIRSTOP.EXE /BOOT /WARM /NOTRACK
C:\UTL\F-TEST.COM
:VP_NO
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS TSR_VIRs NO DOS VSHIELD IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO VS_NO
ECHO |C:\UTIL\VSHIELD.EXE /ANYACCESS /CONTACT {VIRUS(ES) FOUND}
C:\UTIL\CHKVSHLD.EXE /DISPLAY
:VS_NO
IF %1!==TSR_VIR! GOTO END
:PRN2FILE
C:\DOS\CHOICE.COM DOS PRN2FILE NO DOS PRN2FILE IF UNANSWERED IN 2 SECS /T:N,2
IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO PL_NO
LH C:\UTIL\PRN2FILE.COM /B04 /P1
:PL_NO
IF %1!==PRN2FILE! GOTO END
GOTO END

:END

Ok, we have a problem! Batchfile requires choice.com -- probably time to move onto another solution!
And, I have forgotten why I had a find.exe in the opening.
The SET command with the /P argument does exactly what the CHOICE command does.
Code:
SET /P M=Type 1, 2, 3, or 4 then press ENTER:


This will wait for a user input after displaying the message "Type 1, 2, 3, or 4 then press ENTER:"
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21 Jun 2016   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Gladson!! Added that info to my collection!
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