Control Runner

Access all your programs with just one click

Control Runner editions

Control Runner is available in two editions.

  • Free Lite version: A fully functional version that is completely free forever
  • Commercial Pro version: Removes some minor limitations of the free version

Try the free version and, if you want to unlock the full power of Control Runner, upgrade to the Pro version anytime

What Control Runner does for you

The apps, sites and documents you need fast

With Control Runner, a quick click on the Control Runner icon in the System Tray gets you the information you need, when you need it. Create groups of frequently-visited web sites, reference documents, special-purpose applications and hard-to-locate Windows utilities.

Bypass Start Menu madness and overloaded desktops

Control Runner gives you a straightforward, easy-to-manage alternative to unmanageable Start Menus and desktops covered with current documents. Just create and discard Control Runner Groups of the applications you use and the documents you’re working on as needed.

Get control over your Windows environment

Control Runner’s popup menu gives you instant access to the parts of Windows you use and care about the most.

A proven solution to a near-universal problem.

Control Runner was launched on 1995. For 25 years Control Runner has been helping Windows users focus on getting results, not wasting time searching for files and applications. Control Runner has been maintained, refined and improved to keep it timely and useful.


The main window of Control Runner is where you access most of the features of Control Runner. Buttons to launch programs, documents, folders or any other item on your system are neatly organized on different tabs

Lite: FREE
Pro: $19.95

Current Version: 5.0.0
Release Date: Jan 2020



Windows 10, 8 or 7

Latest news

New 64 bit versions of our add-ins

We are happy to announce the start of the beta test of 64-bit versions of our Office add-ins. Our  three add-ins have been upgraded to be compatible with 64-bit versions of Office: FormsAssistant PowerMerge PowerTOC The beta is restricted to registered users by...

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FormsAssistant v1.10 beta has just started

We have just started the beta of FormsAssistant v1.10. This version just adds compatibility for Office 2016 to our popular FormsAssistant add-in and its only available to registered users of FormsAssistant. To participate in the beta test, please contact us.

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Control Runner v5 – Open BETA TEST

We are extremely pleased to announce that the public beta test of Control Runner v5 has just started! How to participate in the beta This is a public beta, so to participate all you have to do is to visit the beta page, download the appropriate version (32 or 64-bit)...

Control Runner 5 news

After a very promising start last April, the development of Control Runner 5 has been severely delayed, due to several issues, which now seem to be solved. We are currently finalizing the development at a good pace. Therefore we are happy to report that we have a...

Control Runner 5 compiles Ok

This is the first post detailing the making of Control Runner 5. Surprisingly modifying the source code of Control Runner 4 to compile in the new development environment has taken just one day so Control Runner 5 is officially live!

Control Runner 5 is in the making

We are very pleased to announce that we have just started the development of a new version of Control Runner to make it compatible with Windows 10. Control Runner (previously called MomShell) was our very first product and it is the very first program we have installed on all our new computers since 1995.

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