Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!
Once Launchy has been started, it hides in the background. You bring it forward by holding the ALT key and tapping the SPACE key. You then type in a few keys of the program you are searching for and hit ENTER once it has been found. You can also make Launchy dissappear again by hitting ESCAPE or ALT+SPACE. You can customize which key combination launches Launchy.
Launchy is developed to run on XP, however you can try downloading the gdiplus.dll and unzipping it into your Launchy directory to get it to run with Win2000.
You can extend and customize Launchy with many themes and plugins developed by its thriving user community.
" Added Linux support! (KDE and Gnome both work, possibly others)
" Added Google Calculator plugin (gcalc)
" Added configurable default search to weby (all searches with no results default to google)
" '/' and '\' now tab complete while file browsing
" Added rescue mode to recover lost windows or forgotten hotkeys (in Linux run 'launchy rescue' or use the start menu in windows)
" Minimum transparency set to 15%
" Searches are even faster and the catalog uses slightly less memory
" Bug Fixes:
o 2.11 fixes an upgrade check bug found in 2.1
o Fixed the database update timer
o Fixed centering problem when multiple monitors in use
o Fixed the url encoding problem, e.g. googling for 'c#' now works