Launchy Turbocharges Windows Start Menu

June 11, 2011

The Start menu has been in Windows for a long time now. I vaguely remember it made its debut in Windows 95. If your computer is like mine, you have hundreds of items in your Start menu. So even if I know what I want to launch, it can still be difficult to find at times. Launchy is a free utility for making things a lot easier. While you can download for free, the site suggests a recommended value (donation) of $10.

It is supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. While you can install it on a 64-bit version of Windows, many users suggest this can be problematic. For that reason, I have not tested Launchy myself. Note that it won’t harm your system, it could be unstable when you run Launchy on a 64-bit system.

Once you have installed Launchy, you will need to configure it. It will find Start menu shortcuts, bookmarks and even individual files. With only a few keystrokes, you can launch any of them. For those who love customization, there are even skins and plug-ins for Launchy. For keyboard shortcut fans, this is a utility you are gonna love.

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