[Windows] Open multiple files, programs, or websites with one click using Instant File Opener

IFONecessity,need or just sheer  innovation used to be regarded as great motivators of invention. Now it seems that convenience and laziness are the only reasons to create or change. There is nothing wrong with that, why waste time and energy if an easier and quicker way is attainable? Not all of us know the easiest root to creating a windows start-up application or how to create a batch file that will run multiple applications at the same time. IFO – Instant File Opener by Magnonic Software is a great tool for application run optimization that somehow sneaked its way on to my desktop.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Instant File Opener allows you to create a list of files, programs, and/or websites; you can then run all the files/programs/websites/etc. on that list by simply clicking on a desktop shortcut/icon. In other words, Instant File Opener lets you run multiple files, programs, websites, etc. in one click (technically, two clicks since you have to double-click to run a shortcut/icon… but you get the point).

Pros

  • Add as many files/folders/programs/websites/etc. as you like and of any time to each list
  • Create as many lists as you want
  • Easily launch each list by double-clicking on the associate desktop shortcut/icon
  • Supports drag + drop
  • Items can be ordered and run accordingly
  • Has an update check tool
  • Can run each URL or file/folder manually from the user interface
  • Can choose to run the list automatically on Windows boot
  • A great array of run options
  • Has a tool that searches for non-existent or broken file and folder links
  • Simple and easy to understand user interface
  • Has easy to follow help documents

Cons

  • There isn’t an optimized version for Windows 8 so list application start-up will lag for the OS
  • They haven’t updated or made any changes to it since 2011
  • It would be nice to be able to change the default run program of each file from the user interface

Discussion 

IFOIts a lightweight application that takes less than 2 MB of space. Installation goes by quick with no registration needed. When first opened, you’ll see that it has simple layout. Its a taskbar, toolbar, table list and a few drop down lists and buttons. From here you can start adding what files you want to go into the list by either using the toolbar button or the list menu item under  which gives you options on four addable list items – file,folder, program or URL.

You can also add list items by right clicking on the table or dragging and dropping files and folders into the table. It gives you varied methods on skinning the proverbial cat which is always a plus. The user interface works smoothly enough. There are no lags and opening and saving a list seems seamless.   Each list can be saved and edited. You can run each created list directly and it will open all the list items at once or as a menu where you choose how you want each item to be opened. How you want each list to be opened can be selected from the list type drop down box. If you tick the ‘open at system startup’ check box, it will create a entry for you on the windows start up application list.

IFOFrom the menu list that pops up after you’ve run a list file, you can apply a number of options to how the applications are run and what happens to the menu screen after you’ve run an item. Each item can be opened in three states – normal,minimized or maximized and this can be altered from each menu items edit screen. When running a program, you can choose what arguments you want run with that program and if you want to run it with Administrator rights.

It also has a nice clean-up tool that searches through your list for any non-existent files and folders and deletes them. The user interface can be easily mastered within the first 5 minutes if the right focus is applied but if a user still finds him/herself baffled about how to use the application, there’s a really nice help reference tool to set you straight.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

For me, this has been quite a sleeper hit. It’s a tool that I thought I didn’t want or need but turned out to be a great fixture on my desktop. It’s easy and fun to use, plus does exactly what it claims to do. When I discovered its core use, I sat there for a minute, thinking about all the streamlining I could use it for. The program does appear to be abandoned — hasn’t been updated since 2011 — but I suspect its because they’ve practically brewed it to near perfection. There were no bugs or lags to note and the interface is pretty straight-forward and intuitive. The list script file does however lag a little on Windows startup but that may be more of a Windows 8 issue than an issue with the software. Overall, this is a great piece of software that deserves a try.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.0.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8

Download size: 831KB

VirusTotal scan results: 0 / 47

Is it portable? No

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  1. Mdu
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    [@Mike] [@Mike] That’s understandable but If you dont have the power to open all of them at once. There is an option for it to pop a list up of the programs. And from that menu list, you can choose which programs you want to run in a set or one by one.

  2. Mike

    [@Mdu] Got it, thanks. I used to do more of that in earlier days, but over time, found that opening multiple programa simultaneously could tax the system and that it worked better for me to just go consecutively 1-by-1.

  3. Mdu
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    [@Mike] Let’s say you want to open multiple programs at windows start up, but you dont want to or dont know how to configure windows to run those programs on Startup. Its especially less intuitive to add startup programs on Windows 8, With this, you can streamline your work. Like whats the first thing you open at windows startup each and every time – maybe outlook or whatever mail client you use – you can add whatever webpage you frequently visit when you open up your browser. So you add all the programs you usually open at startup and voila, you save time, they’ll just all pop up when you start your computer. You can open multiple files from a list created as a clickable file. This is especially useful for people who have to run multiple programs at the same time, like programmers who have to run a front end and a server application. It’s an automation tool really, that saves time and clicks.

  4. Mike

    So, a bit of a Monday brain freeze today–this program seems very interesting, but what are practical examples of what the program would be used to do? I guess I can see opening multiple websites, but browsers can do that easily enough. Other tasks?

  5. smaragdus

    @Mdu
    I use lots of apps at the same time and my task-bar gets easily cluttered so I always prefer to have most the programs I use minimized to tray. If an app does not support minimization to tray I sometimes use external tools to achieve that but it is always better if an app has a native support for that feature.
    All tools I have mentioned work both on XP and 8, they are clean (no ad-ware included) and can be minimized to system tray:
    http://i43.tinypic.com/6fb4zt.png
    ZenKEY is the most powerful, packed with features but not very easy to configure hot keys launcher I have ever tested.
    HotKeyz has a portable version, it is very easy to set up and is extremely handy to launch apps using hot keys.
    FSL Launcher is also free but has a special ‘Donators’ edition which is more feature rich. It is very useful because programs can be organized in groups, which is very handy if the user uses many apps:
    http://i40.tinypic.com/5y9eo3.png
    SyMenu is designed primarily for external flash drives (truly portable) but works perfectly as a normal desktop program.
    Executor and Find and Run Robot are ‘Type & Run’ launchers- just type the name of the program you want to start and it pops up the program.
    All these launchers have their advantages depending on user’s preferences and taste. I have played with them all, most frequently I use FSL Launcher as a general launcher, HotKeyz for starting common apps using hot keys and Executor for typing the name (or just the beginning) of the desired program.
    All the programs I have mentioned are still developed with the exception of HotKeyz and FSL Launcher which seem to be abandoned but they work fine.
    I don’t say that Instant File Opener is a bad program, just that it is not quite handy for me.
    Thank you for you detailed review, I like to test new programs.

  6. Mdu
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    [@smaragdus] Thanks, those are all interesting points. I thought it worked well for what it was. I didn’t see the need for it to run in the background under the system tray though. Thank you for your input. I’ll check those apps out for comparison.

  7. smaragdus

    For me Instant File Opener is far from perfect:
    -not portable
    -cannot be minimized to system tray
    -lists cannot be saved automatically when changed
    -lists should be opened manually at strat-up
    -all lists cannot be opened at the same time
    For launching programs and Folders I prefer FSL Launcher, Quick Pop Menu, Find and Run Robot, Executor, HotKeyz, ZenKEY and SyMenu, to mention some of the applications I have used.