Free Launch Bar enabled me to clear out my great confusion of desktop icons and indeed to bring a whole range of other things just a mouse click away, with just a handful of what look like Quick Launch icons on my Windows Vista taskbar. Hovering my mouse over any of those icons opens up an extremely intuitive menu system that I easily set up with Free Launch Bar.
Indeed, this free version is so fully featured that I didn't really need to pay for the 'full' version (called True Launch Bar) - but again it was so good that I actually upgraded just in order to pay for such a tremendous piece of work.
One great advantage of this utility over other similarly featured program launchers of which I'm aware is its minimal use of system resources, because it uses the native Quick Launch bar system, simply adding the most amazing range of functionality and configurability.
Excellent! saves space and time, and is not cluttered with stuff you don't need. I will buy the "Pro" version, just to support this really good software.