Welcome to PaneKiller!


Welcome to MaDdoG PaneKiller. It's the quickest way to get to all the documents and programs stored on your computer, without filling your screen with folder windows.

PaneKiller gives you easy, configurable, menu-like access to every document and application available on your computer, all from the Windows taskbar.

PaneKiller is shareware. Please try it free for 30 days. At the end of a month, if you've decided it makes your computing life easier, you're required to pay for it (see below for registration information). If you aren't hooked on it, delete it -- or pass it on to a friend.

Please follow this quick tour of PaneKiller to learn about special features that make it even more helpful.

If you've used PaneKiller before, don't miss this list of new features in this version.

  1. Start PaneKiller
  2. Browse My Computer
  3. Save time with easy access to the things you use the most
  4. Open a shell folder
  5. Get an item's properties
  6. Customize the main menu
  7. Use PaneKiller instead of the Start menu
  8. More advanced features
  9. Register!

For help or support regarding PaneKiller, please contact matt@maddogsw.com. For other quality Windows freeware and shareware, and updates to PaneKiller, visit the MaDdoG Software website at http://www.maddogsw.com/.


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Tour:

  1. Start PaneKiller

    Most likely, PaneKiller is already running. In fact, if you're reading this, you probably found it with PaneKiller. PaneKiller should be placed in your StartUp folder, so that it will always be available. PaneKiller is accessed by clicking (with the left button) on the icon on the taskbar. If you need to change PaneKiller settings, click the icon with the right mouse button.

  2. Browse My Computer

    Open the PaneKiller menu with a left click on its icon. Along with the links to help documents, you should see a popup menu (marked with a triangle) called Desktop. Click on this, and you'll see all the files and folders that live on your desktop. Click on My Computer, and you'll see all the drives on your computer. Click on the C:\ drive, and you'll see its contents. And so on: every file on your computer is accessible here! When you find the document or application you're looking for, just click it to open it.

  3. Save time with easy access to the things you use the most

    PaneKiller now remembers the last 10 documents or programs you worked with, and stores them in a folder called "Recent Items" in the main menu. It also remembers the folders that contained these recently used items, and stores the folders in a folder called "Recent Folders". So if you need to work with something that you've recently used, chances are you'll find it in Recent Items. If you need to work with a group of related files in the same folder, once you've accessed one of them, their containing folder will be in Recent Folders, ready for you to find the rest of what you need.

  4. Open a shell folder

    Great, you say, now you can open any file on your computer without opening a bunch of folders -- but what if you need the folder? What if you want to manage files in that folder, or open several files from that folder at once? Well, use PaneKiller as above to find the folder in question, and double-click on its name.

    You can also right-click the name of any folder or file.to activate its context menu, which will give you lots of other options.

  5. Get an item's properties

    Opening files and folders isn't all PaneKiller can do. As above, find an item and right-click on it. Now, choose Properties. You can also delete items, use the Send To menu, and all the other file options you're used to.

  6. Customize the main menu

    You can customize the files and folders that appear in PaneKiller's main menu. The main menu is controlled by the PaneKiller Items folder. To open this folder, right-click the PaneKiller icon on the taskbar, and choose Customize Menu. For now, we'll add a shortcut to your Favorites folder to your PaneKiller menu. Open your Windows folder, highlight the Favorites icon, and choose Copy. Now open the PaneKiller Items folder (choose Customize Menu from the PaneKiller right-click menu), and choose Edit/Paste Shortcut. Now, open your PaneKiller menu by clicking the taskbar icon, and there are your favorite items!

  7. More advanced features

    PaneKiller offers many more shortcuts and opportunities to customize it to your needs. For more details, when you're ready to become a PaneKiller expert, check out the User's Manual.

  8. Replace the Start Menu

    Now that you've seen how much more flexible is than the Start menu, why not always use PaneKiller?  Of course, if you like the Start menu too, you still have it, and you can use whichever one you want.  But if you think PaneKiller's all you need, you can have it appear instead of the Start button and free up some screen space.

  9. Register!

    If you're impressed by what PaneKiller can do for you, register so that I can continue to update the program and notify you of new features and improvements. And if you have suggestions, send them to me!

Registration information

PaneKiller is shareware. I've worked hard to create it and I want to continue to update it to better serve its users' needs. Please register! Your registration fee supports and encourages me to continue to produce high-quality Windows software, and your feedback enables me to improve PaneKiller over time.

You are entitled to a free 30-day trial of PaneKiller. After this period, if you still like it, you must purchase it -- if you consider the price too high, don't continue to use it. To purchase PaneKiller, run the registration program at any time by right-clicking the PaneKiller icon, and choosing "Register" from the "Shareware registration" menu.  You may also view more registration information.

When you register, I will send you a confirmation code that will mark your copy of PaneKiller as properly licensed.

About the shareware concept

Shareware is a distribution method intended to help both computer users and independent software publishers. The idea is, you get to try out the software before you buy it, and then make your purchase decision. You benefit, because you don't waste money on software that doesn't meet your needs, and programmers benefit because they get easy distribution of their software. Much quality software has been created and supported through the shareware method.

Thank you for supporting the shareware you use with registration payments! Otherwise, the world would lack a good outlet for the distribution of independent software.


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Matt Ginzton / matt@maddogsw.com