What's New

2017.10.06 - Beta 1 Update 2 (0.3.2)

  1. Add support for system DPI scaling.
  2. Add touch gesture support for tablet.
  3. Add "Show file icon/extension" option for real folder menu.
  4. Add "Remove/Reset plug-in" option in plug-in configuration panel.
  5. Add "Delay startup" option in general configuration panel.
  6. Add plug-in disabling hints when trying to remove a widget.
  7. [ GGO Widget ][ HP-Bar ]Separate "Lock widget" and "Transparent widget" option.
  8. [ Web Browser Engine ]Add support for Node-CEF.
  9. Remove "Disable action filters" option.
  10. Fix failed to open some files in real folder menu.
  11. Fix launcher overlapped by task-bar.
  12. Fix launcher cannot display wallpaper in some aspect ratios.
  13. Fix cannot scroll launcher menu by mouse under some circumstances.
  14. [ Mail Box ]Fix cannot remove friends.
  15. [ Mail Box ]Fix some system cannot connect to servers via SSL.
  16. [ Web Browser Engine ]Fix some pop-ups such as combo box menu does not display.
  17. [ Bangumi ]Fix configuration dialog covered by information panel.
  18. Some UI and functional adjustment.


What is SAO Utils?

The SAO Utils program is a Sword Art Online Look'n'Feel launcher with varieties of powerful utilities.

Its pluggable architecture allows you, the developer, to add any kinds of plug-ins to the core program.

Slide to Launch

Anywhere and whenever,
holds mouse LMB and RMB,
or holds two fingers on tablet,
slide down to call out the launcher.

Arrange as You like

Right Click any items to edit.
Drag the button to arrange any items.
You can also d'n'd files from the File Explorer.

Desktop Widgets

Decorate desktop with your favorite
images, web pages, animation, notes...
also varieties system and custom status.

VR Ready

Built-in stereo supports for launcher:

Side by Side (Squeezed)
Side by Side (Cropped)
Side by Side (Black Bars)

Browse web pages and images with VR.


Development Platform

NERvSDK SAO Utils Plug-in Development Kit

Please clone the NERvSDK repository on GitHub to get the latest C++ SDK, more development materials:

Keep Staring!

We might add supports for C or C# in the future.

As soon as the SDK becoming stable, we may try to wrap it and release SDKs for other languages such as Java, JS, and Python.



Name Version Links


Click Preference - Plug-ins - Install... button to install the *.NVG package.



Kantai Collection


Assassin's Creed Unity


Final Fantasy XIII


Please refer to 舰娘魔改主题-帮助文档.

Language Packages

Language Version File Name Source
New Translation Template v0.10 sao_utils_beta1_pot.zip  


Unzip package to the root folder of SAO Utils.

Other Resources

Description Link  

Online Chat (IRC)


Q: Why are settings or menus reset after restart?
  1. DO NOT run SAO Utils.exe in the ZIP package directly, please extract the package before running.
  2. DO NOT extract the package to the system folder, or if you have to do so, please make sure that read and write permissions are granted to the SAO Utils folder as well as its sub folders.
Q: How can I add custom items in the launcher?
  1. Right Click any items you want to add an item next to.
  2. Right Click the Modify button just popped-up.
  3. Click the + button in the editing tray.
Q: How can I add sub-menu into an item?
  1. Right Click any items you want to add a sub-menu.
  2. Click the Modify button just popped-up.
  3. In the item setting panel, Click the Sub-Menu check box, now you can choose the menu types:
    • Virtual Folder enables you to organize custom menu items.
    • Real Folder enables you to manage the files inside a folder.
Q: How can I link an item to a system location?
  1. In the item setting panel, Click the Action check box and URL radio box.
  2. Click the ... button then input one of the strings:
    • Computer: file://::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    • Libraries: file://::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
    • Documents: file://::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\Documents.library-ms
    • Music: file://::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\Music.library-ms
    • Pictures: file://::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\Pictures.library-ms
    • Videos: file://::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\Videos.library-ms
    • Recycle Bin: file://::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
According to the restriction of folder picking dialog, you can't pick up a system location directly.
Q: Any useful commands?
  • Shut down: shutdown.exe -s -t 0
  • Reboot: shutdown.exe -r -t 0
  • Lock: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Suspend: rundll32.exe powrProf.dll,SetSuspendState
  • Terminal: cmd
  • Notepad: notepad
  • Calculator: calc
Q: What does the Lv in the HP-Bar means? Why does it reset to Lv 1 every time I restart?
  • The 'Lv' (level) of HP-Bar indicates the up-time of SAO Utils, so you will lose your previous level once you close it.
Q: How can I get SAO Utils to work with VR devices?