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KbStart

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The rallying cry of "KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE KEYBOARD," long a staple of command-line junkies, has never made much sense to the millions of mouse-dependent sloths like you and me. Enter KbStart, a wonderful little program that will give you access to all your other programs, Web favorites, files, the Windows Start menu, Outlook address book, and control panels with nerd-like keyboard agility. This little gem works by sniffing out what you're looking for based on a few keystrokes. Hit your hot key to bring up the small dialog box and type "IE," and Internet Explorer shows up in the small menu window with a few other possible matches. Hit Return, and the program launches. KbStart also learns from you by remembering your preferred shortcuts. Adjusting to this new method definitely takes some getting used to, but once you've become accustomed to it, you'll realize how much more efficient it is.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is really easy to use"

    December 15, 2006  |   By BrianARice

    Version: KbStart 1.7

    Pros

    I love the way the program figures what application you're trying to find... For example, you can type "oex" or "out" to find Outlook Express. Then the next time if you just type "o" it prefers ones that already have abbreviations it remembers and you can refine your shortcut key strokes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the most useful utilities ever!"

    March 15, 2004  |   By dgg

    Version: KbStart 1.7

    Summary

    I probably use this program more than any other utility program - much more often that WinZip, etc. It's not for everyone...it will be most useful to those who use a lot of shortcuts and macros, and especially those who like to work from the command line.

    The utility basically provides a smart, adaptive command line access to all the programs, files, and web links on your computer! It's very quick and easy to change the shortcut command used to open a program, folder, or file.

    If you're an old command line addict, you'll love this program!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just what you need for more efficient use of your computer."

    February 25, 2004  |   By JamesWatson

    Version: KbStart 1.7

    Summary

    Point and click is slow. This utility makes opening new programs and windows a snap. Better than any of those start menu organizers or toolbars. It takes me probably 75% less time to open a program now thanks to this utility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent time saver"

    January 25, 2004  |  

    Version: KbStart 1.7

    Summary

    Easy to setup shortcuts. Does not take long to become used to using this alternative method of launching programs and web pages.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good idea but poor program."

    November 13, 2003  |  

    Version: KbStart 1.7

    Summary

    Launching keywords tends to be slow, and when you launch websites you have to type two hotkeys (Alt+Enter and CTRL+O). The preset commands are nice though. For anyone interested in keyboard launchers I would recommend PC-Com. PC-Com has more options and features like searching the web, dictionary lookups, sending e-mail, playing MP3s. The response time is quicker and setting up keywords is a breeze.

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