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