Launchy for Microsoft® Windows 7: Power at a keystroke
If you’ve ever searched for files on your computer using the Windows 7 search bar, you would know how convenient it is. It indexes all files, making the process of searching quick and accurate. The caveat is that every time that you need to look for a file, you have to go to the search bar in the Start Menu, punch your query in, select the options, and then view the results. There is a shorter, more efficient way to do this. It’s called Launchy.
Launchy is an open source, cross-platform search bar designed to replace every other navigation system on your computer. You could just forget about the Explorer, Search, quick launch, and any of those things. What Launchy essentially does is create an index of all files and applications on your computer and make it available in one place, in the form of a keystroke launcher. The indexing system in itself works extremely well. You get results for all your queries in real time displayed in the form of a drop down list, without any kind of lag or sluggishness. It adds great functionality to your system without being an insufferable resource hogger, meaning that it’s a light application which puts minimal pressure on your processor and memory. Apart from the functionality itself, it has great aesthetic value—especially if you’re the obsessive type who likes to clean their desktop clean. If you don’t like a clutter of icons and applications spread all across your desktop, you could just hide them all, maybe even your Windows bar, and replace it all with just Launchy. Imagine how clean your workspace would look if you pair that with a minimalistic wallpaper, no distractions from work whatsoever.
Launchy comes with skins so that you may customize the look to exactly how you want it to be. Also, just for Windows, it also has downloadable plug-ins to enhance its functionality beyond the stock download. With these plug-ins, you could kill running processes, open a chat window, change system power options, and more. Try Launchy now and say goodbye to clutter.