||PaneKiller tips & tricks
I'm maintaining a list of cool and non-obvious ways to use PaneKiller. If you have a
suggestion that you think belongs on this list, email
Also, please send me email if you have any questions about how to access any of the
features listed below.
Finally, make sure you're using the latest version of PaneKiller: these tips all work
with v1.31 or newer.
- You can have a Favorites menu (listing your internet shortcuts, most-used documents,
whatever you store in Favorites...) just like the Internet Explorer 4 shell, without
having to install the IE4 shell.
- Start Menu maintenance -- PaneKiller provides a really easy way to edit your Start Menu,
because (unlike the real Start Menu, unless you're using the IE4 shell) you can
right-click items to get their properties or delete them, or double-click a folder to open
it and edit its contents.
- Check out the menu transitions -- you've got a modern computer with the power for some
cool graphical effects; why not take advantage of it?
- Get Display Properties when your desktop is covered up -- if you like, you can do it
even without moving the mouse! Just right-click (or press the Menu key) on the
Desktop item in the main PaneKiller menu.
- Ever notice how some programs install themselves into the Start Menu, not as a shortcut
to the program or as a submenu with shortcuts to programs, but as a shortcut to the
program folder? An example of this is HyperTerminal, in the Accessories menu. You have to
go open this folder to run the program you want to run. PaneKiller gets this right -- the
shortcut to a folder acts just like a folder, and you can access the items in the folder
right from the PaneKiller menu. Isn't that how shortcuts are supposed to work?
- PaneKiller has an automatic, easy way to get to some of the most important Windows
"folders" with special functionality: for example, My Computer and Control
Panels. (Look in the "Menus" page of PaneKiller's properties.) But just because
a special folder isn't listed here, doesn't mean PaneKiller can't do it. Anything you can
create a shortcut to (in the PaneKiller Items folder), you can put in the PaneKiller menu.
This will work for Dial-Up Networking, Fonts, you name it...
- If you want easy access to certain Control Panels but find the whole list overwhelming
(come on, how often do you need to change your mouse settings?), create a folder inside
your PaneKiller Items folder, and fill it with shortcuts to only the control panels that
you use frequently.
- PaneKiller does not (currently) let you change the sort order for individual items, but
you can take advantage of the alphabetic ordering to make things come at the top of the
list -- try starting the name with one or more spaces to force it to the top, or you can
start the name with a number, which will come before all letters and let you control the
relative ordering too.
- If you want PaneKiller to appear on the Quick Launch area of the IE4/Win98 taskbar, or
any other similar launchbar, you can create a shortcut to PaneKiller using the
/displaymenu option: the command line will look like
"C:\Program Files\MaDdoG\PaneKiller\panekill.exe" /displaymenu
PaneKiller does need to be already running for this to work, but if you don't want it to
show up in the other areas of the taskbar, you can go to PaneKiller's Properties, Taskbar
page, hold down Shift, and deselect all the appearance options. Be careful, if you
do this, to set and remember the hotkey so you can still get to PaneKiller if you need to!
- Put your Quick Launch folder in the Start Menu, thanks to this tip courtesy of John
Tip- Put your Quicklaunch bar on the start menu. Btw, the reason I worked this out
is because I use a virtual desktop manager somewhat and had my QL bar anchored to the top
of the screen. Even though the VD utility supports sticky apps, I just couldn't get
it to work with QL. I'd lose the QL bar when I was on a desktop other than #1 when
it was located somewhere other than the taskbar.
- In Winows Explorer, browse to C:\Windows\Application
- In the IE folder, you'll find the Quicklaunch
Folder. Right click on this folder and select "Send to desktop as
- Having done that, right click the Start Menu button,
- Copy or move the Quicklaunch folder shortcut you just
created on your desktop into the folder you just opened then close this folder.
- Bingo! There you have it. At this point
I find it useful to close the QL toolbar and rely on the above. I reopen it long
enough to create a new shortcut and then close it down again immediately afterwords
- Add custom PaneKiller-powered menus to your Quick Launch bar: create a shortcut on the
Quick Launch bar to PaneKiller (to do this, you can just drag PaneKill.exe with the right
mouse button onto the Quick Launch bar, and select "Create Shortcut here").
Then, right-click this shortcut, choose Properties, and add /displaymenu /mousepos
[name of any folder you want] to the end of the command line next to Target, outside of
the quotation marks. Your Target should look like:
"C:\Program Files\MaDdoG\PaneKiller\PANEKILL.EXE" /displaymenu /mousepos
Note that the position of the quotation marks is important.
- Extend the last tip to make your own toolbars that pop out of the Quick Launch area.
Create a new folder, anywhere you want, and populate it with shortcuts to the
things you use the most (internet apps, graphic programs, whatever). Then use this
folder after /displaymenu /mousepos in the tip above.