Description : Quick-launch anything by knowing its name alone, or even a few letters. Index’s default and user defined directories for default and user defined file types. You can have user defined commands and many skins.
When I first read about this app, I thought I’d never use it, just the same as all the other launchers I had tried. This one was a bit different though. It indexed all the apps on my machine, effectively making the start menu obsolete for apps I knew the name of. The initial indexing didn’t take too long, and I don’t notice it running.
I found out recently that I can also use Launchy to search Wikipedia or Google (amongst others) by typing “google” and then the search term I wish to use. I know most people would have their default search engine set to google for their in-browser search box, but this is still a genius idea for those who don’t want to fiddle around with browser settings and such.
You can set custom directories to index, as well as custom file types. Say, for example, I have lots and lots of MS office files in a directory; essays, letters and the like. You can set Launchy to index .doc, .exl, or .whatever-you-want.
To round up, it also auto index’s at user defined intervals (30mins as default), so it’s never out of date. Can’t be bothered with that horrid start menu, and want a text launcher that’s better looking than a command line tool? This is what you’ve been searching for. It also predicts and remembers what apps/files you want, rather like predictive text, and lets you dub this predictive file launching. Of course, it waits for that Enter command just to be sure.