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Launch Programs With a Few Keystrokes

Sick of using the default Windows Start Menu? I am! It's just too slow for me. Besides that, not many people like to navigate all the way just to start a program.
The Run box is a better alternative, but one would have to remember the exact names of the applications to launch them; type a wrong character and boom! Windows display the error box.

This is why application launchers have become so popular. Application Launcher! What is that? Well! It is a software that helps you to launch other softwares/documents, quickly and easily, with just a few keystrokes.

Key Launch is one such program. After installing, start it and type the name of the application you intend to launch. While typing, a list of programs are displayed in a small window. For example, if 'word' is typed, the list displays programs which have the letter 'word' in its name. 'WordPad' and 'Microsoft Word' are two examples. To open programs or documents, just click the program from the list.

Key Launch stays in the System Tray. Pressing Ctrl + SPACE open its window. This tool is Windows only (XP/NT). Best of all, Key Launch is Free!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, March 17, 2008


Try "Launchy". It's an open source program that does the same thing. I find it's faster, and because it is open source, there are plugins that lots of people have made that enhances it and little more than this app.

Check it out - I live by it:

I use it everyday. Best thing ever. I just prefer that its open source, usually security vulnerables are found a little quicker and there is a lot more support out there for your problems.


@Davey - Thanks for the tips. I'll give it a try.