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Type of Program: Utility
Supported Platforms: Win95/WinNT4
Company/Authors Name: MaDdoG Software
Version: 1.23
Price: $10.00
Installed Size: 605k


PaneKiller sits in your system tray and gives you easy, configurable, menu-like access to every document and application available on your computer. You access the menus by left clicking on the PaneKiller icon in the system tray. You can customize PaneKiller to suit your needs by right clicking on the icon in the system tray and choosing what you want to do. One item in PaneKiller's initial menu is desktop from which you can access every drive, folder (directory), and file on your computer. You can customize the main menu though so you don't have to reach the stuff you use most that way. If you don't want to customize that is okay because PaneKiller made it easy for you by automatically placing a shortcut the last 10 items you worked with into Recent Items and the folders (directories) in Recent Folders. Another feature is the ability to right click on any item and get the same context menu you would get by right clicking on it in Explorer.

PaneKiller properties lets you customize PaneKiller to suit your needs. Under the advanced tabs you can choose to Hide Icons on Windows desktop, choose shortcut key to display menu, Clear Recent items/folders, Enable cache for fast menu display, Always rebuild desktop menu, Always rebuild My Computer menu, Clear all menu caches now, Cache network shares, and cache all menus. Under the Taskbar tab you can choose to show in application area of taskbar, single click mode, which icon you want in the taskbar. Under the menu tab you can choose to have recent folders, recent items, start menu, control panel, printers, my computer, my document, favorites, panekiller about and properties in all menus, and split long menus into multiple pages on the main menu. The Sort Order tab lets you customize the sort order. The Appearance tab will let you show icons in menu, use large icon, fetch icons in background, menu arrival effect (26 choices), menu appearance delay setting, show hidden or system files, gradient backgrounds, menus have a title area, and disable splash screen.

This program is easy to use and install for the novice user with a clear help file so they can learn how to use the advanced features. It is so customizable that a power user will love it. My favorite part is the ability to split large menus into smaller ones. It has a 30 day free trial so you can check it out for yourself.  

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Reviewed by Zonia J. Heath

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