Launchy Keystroke Launcher
By Darryl Mocek on Jan 14, 2009
I just found a really nice utility named Launchy. Launchy is a utility which is always in the background. You bring it up by hitting a key combination (Alt-Space is the default). It displays a simple box into which you can type commands to launch applications (e.g. firefox). Launchy indexes your hard drive and creates a catalog of the files on your system. When you start typing, Launchy suggests an application in which you might be interested. When it finds an application, it displays the applications icon and the name of the application. If it found the correct application, you can just hit the Enter key and it will launch the application. If it didn't find the correct one, you can hit the down arrow to see a list of all applications which match.
On Windows, Launchy indexes what is in your Start menu by default. You can modify this list. You can also change the default key combination to bring up Launchy. You can also enter file names into Launchy and it will launch that file using the default application for that file. For those of us who don't like reaching for the mouse, Launchy is a really useful utility.
Does anyone remember Borland's Sidekick?