Launchy: Free Keystroke Launcher
All files, programs and applications that you have installed on your system over the years will never be saved and organized in the same directory. This means that after a few years, it is sometimes hard and confusing to locate a single file or program that we need. I have been in this situation for many times in the past and soon enough I ended up with a cluttered desktop. Then launch applications came in…and I loved it. Launchers are programs that let you open any file, folder or URL on your system in just a few keystrokes.
Different launcher apps provide different ways in opening files. Others use hotkeys, icons or path. Launchy was developed to launch your files by matching the letters you are typing in the search box to the app’s or the file’s shortcut. It has an amazing scanning feature that allows you to search for shortcuts in the Start-up menu directory. This free app tries to match your query starting with the first letter that you type in.
Launchy features a great looking interface and is customizable too. You have a lot of “skin” options to choose from. It works great with Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Mac and Linux as well. Once installed, you will have a utility that identifies the applications and programs that register as start-up items. IT silently runs on the background and by default it uses the ALT + Space keys to launch. This can e customized to a different key depending on your choice.
This launcher offers a fast and easy way for their users to find what they need. Just key in the first few letters of the name of the file that you are looking for and Launch will automatically go through all your folders, files and applications to find the most related search result. All this happens in just a few seconds.
Moreover, Launchy also offers more than this. This launcher app also goes through your browser bookmarks and popular websites and is also equipped with a calculator. If the application doesn’t find it, it will redirect to a Google search.
Overall, I highly recommend Launchy and I can say that is one of the best launcher applications available for free download. It takes very little space on your system and is also fast and convenient to use.