Launchy: The Keystroke Launcher for Windows

Ok, ok, we here at the Underground know that long titles are scary, boring, and all of the above.

Hey, read this about Launchy: It’s probably one of the best things you will download (for free might I add, no strings whatsoever) this year and next year.

What is Launchy?

“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!” ~

In simple terms: Press your two hotkeys, start typing what you want, and when launchy has found it, hit enter. Oh yea, you don’t have to type a lot depending on what programs you have and what you let launchy index. Simply typing in “F” and hitting enter can get firefox

Here a few more perks:

1) You can access the web straight through launchy! Once you have your web browser selected, hit tab, type in the website, and hit enter

2) You can search google. no joke. Select google, hit tab, and type in your search. I’ve done it, it is flawlessly amazing!

3) You can mod launchy, by changing skins, add extras. You can even use it to do math!

4) Launchy is sleek, uses few resources, and can be booted off of a USB drive, so you can carry it with you.

So, go to to start launching!

(btw, just to prove the prowess of launchy: i can open xfire, MS word, firefox, google talk, fraps, itunes, and steam all within 10-30 sec)

or click here

Posted on October 1, 2007, in News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. you need to take a look at keybreeze… it has all the features you described plus quite a bit more. You can also perform many of the Launchy tasks faster with Keybreeze:

    To search Google in Launchy, you have to press Alt + Space > Type Google > press Tab > type an entry.

    With keybreeze, just press the semicolon hotkey > type “s desktop wallpaper” and press Enter. This will search Google for desktop wallpaper.

    Check it out!

  2. that looks really nice, but there is an open source on the launchy while keybreeze is not completely free.
    keybreeze might use less memory, but its not as flexible.
    still, 10k memory is not a lot of mem even on a 512 mb system.

  3. Everything is relative. I am a firm believer of open source software. It is the reason things become innovative. I have nothing against keybreeze.

    If you love to type less, then go for it.

  4. Great tool and yes, I’d always choose open source over everything else as well.

  5. Awesome, another launchy user! 😛

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