ForeMenu 2.0a for Windows

ForeMenu 2.0 is copyright 1994 by Joey Hess.

ForeMenu is freeware - you are free to use this program and give it to others. You may modify the program for your personal use.

ForeMenu is a menuing program launcher for Windows. It looks simple on the surface, but under the hood it is a powerful tool, with capabilities that include:

ForeMenu's appearance

ForeMenu is designed to let you use Windows with maximum efficiency. If you're tired of switching back to Program Manager each time you want to run a program, you'll love ForeMenu's always-on-top cababilities.

[A sample image] In this picture, you see ForeMenu in its normall position - just above the menu bar of a Windows program running in full-screen mode. As you can see, ForeMenu doesn't cover up anything important on the screen, unless you need to see the title of the program. You can still get to the control menu of the program under ForeMenu, as well as the minimize and maximize buttons. This position on the screen lets you access ForeMenu quickly and easily.

Customizing ForeMenu

Once you get ForeMenu, and install it, you're ready to begin adding programs to it.


Commands are the heart of ForeMenu. Besides the simple ability to run programs, it can use other commands to perform a wide variety of tasks.

Many of Foremenu's commands can be found here. And here are the rest:


  • ShowSchedules -- displays a list of all schedules and the commands asociated with them

    Syntax: ShowSchedules

  • menuTitle -- make the menu titles display a message that can include the date, time, etc.

    Syntax: menutitle MenuNum exp

  • onTop -- make windows always on top.

    Syntax: ontop [no] WindowTitle


  • loadMenus -- load a new system of menus

    Syntax: loadmenus [filename]

  • saveMenus -- save the current system of menus

    Syntax: savemenus [filename]


    To install, download the .ZIP file, and pkunzip it into a subdirectory, anywhere you like. Run foremenu.exe to start up foremenu.

    If you want to make ForeMenu your Windows shell, edit system.ini, and change the "shell=" line to read

    (Replace [path] with the path to ForeMenu.

    That's it - enjoy ForeMenu!