Launchy – Start Menu Replacement

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Top Software, Windows

If you’ve got hundreds of applications (or in other words a lot :) ) and have trouble finding them, there is a solution. Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. You must be thinking that this utility looks like a beast to be able to do all that? Well here is a picture for you.

Small and Simple

Small and Simple

Had you fooled there didn’t I :P . Launchy index’s all your files in the background so that when you go to type the thing your looking for, bam it’s there. To bring Launchy up all you need to press is Alt+Spacebar, then type the program, document or whatever in and Launchy will open it. After the file has been executed,  Launchy itself will become hidden again. Neat huh?

Launchy  can also open websites for you in your default broswer. Just punch in the URL and it will go there for you.  You can search Google or Youtube by typing in either Google +tab key or Youtube +tab key and then enter your keyword. If you work it out, Launchy cuts down a fair bit of time for you. If you wanted to search Youtube using your web browser manually, you would have to open Firefox, enter Youtube into the URL bar, then enter the keyword your searching for.

Launchy supports the following keyword websites: google, youtube, msn, yahoo, live, weather, amazon, wikipedia,
dictionary, thesaurus, imdb, netflix, and msdn websearch. I believe this feature can be adapted to more websites if you customize it in the options, however I haven’t looked further into it.

There are many more things Launchy can do but I would be here forever writing about them. So, I suggest, or even better, recommend you download this free software. Launchy is the most efficient way to open files, folders, websites, and programs on your computer. You’ll never have to use your start menu again. Download Launchy today!

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