Wouldn’t it be great if you could add something like an iPad app launcher to Windows 10? Well, now you can do exactly that with PaperPlane Smart Launch. This is a software package that enables users to open their programs and documents in Windows from a launchpad comparable to iPad iOS and MacOS LaunchPad.
PaperPlane is a freeware package you can add to Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. To add it to Windows 10, open this page and press the Free Download button. That will open the Paperplane setup in a compressed folder in File Explorer. Select PaperPlane_Setup and Extract All to choose a folder to extract it to. Then you can open PaperPlane from the extracted folder as below.
The PaperPlane app launcher in the shot above lays out all your desktop shortcuts within an iPad iOS app launcher. So they’re laid out much the same as apps in an iPad. Now you can click on the software and document shortcuts to open them from PaperPlane’s app launcher.
To add new shortcuts to the PaperPlane iPad launcher, right-click and select Add to open a context menu with File, Folder, System and Web URL options on it. Click File from there to choose a software or document shortcut to add to the app launcher. Alternatively, click Folder to select and add a folder shortcut.
To customize the background, you should right-click and select Settings to open the window shown below. Then click Appearance tab and click Custom Background Picture checkbox. Press Select to choose a background image for the PaperPlane app launcher. If Enable Background Blur is selected, click that checkbox to make the new wallpaper clear as below.
Alternatively, you could just select to have the Windows wallpaper in the background. Don’t add any custom background picture or select Enable Background Blur. Then the background will include the Windows 10 wallpaper as below.
Click the Layout tab on PaperPlane Settings window to open icon options. There you can select alternative icon sizes by selecting the pertinent radio buttons. You can also adjust the number of icons included in each row and the number of rows on the page by dragging the Numbers bars. Then press Apply to confirm the selected settings.
Note that you can always switch between the PaperPlane app launcher and desktop by clicking anywhere on the background. Alternatively, click the Activation tab on PaperPlane Settings window for further options. There you can select a F12 hotkey or enter your own keyboard shortcuts to switch between PaperPlane and desktop.
There is also a Desk Mode that will keep the taskbar at the bottom of the PaperPlane app launcher as shown below. To select that option, click General on the PaperPlane Settings window and then select the Enable Desk Mode checkbox.
So now you can quickly open your software and documents without adding loads of shortcuts to the desktop. Just add the shortcuts to the PaperPlane iPad app launcher instead.