2008-06-07 15:34 - Tech
I'm confident I've heard of it before. Rather long ago, in fact. But I've just finally started using it in the past few weeks. Launchy is a sort of GUI command line, as much as an oxymoron that might sound like.
In short, Launchy will make a quick index of all of your start menu (and anything else you configure it to index). At a keystroke, it's all available for launching directly. It only takes a few keystrokes to narrow down to exactly what you're looking for. And, in my experience, it learns well. If I type only "ed", which it initially completes wrongly, and manually choose EditPlus, it remembers that. Next time I type just "ed", it brings up what I'm looking for.
One drawback is the default shortcut. It's Alt-Space, a keystroke that already does something in Windows. I'm pretty sure that's the reason I blew it off when I first heard about it. All it takes though is a quick reconfiguration (I chose Win-Space, a minor change) and that only drawback is eliminated.
The putty-launchy-plugin also brings all my remote servers directly to hand, with the same typically few keystrokes. Truly useful.