Launchy

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 137 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.12
  • Total Downloads:
    141,759
  • Date Added:
    August 19, 2008
  • File Size:
    4.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    69
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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This very handy tool lets you open nearly any program, file, folder, or Web site on your system with just a few keystrokes. Launchy is called from the background with a hot key combo, and a small, skinnable box pops up.

Enter the first few letters of a file or program, and Launchy automatically displays the rest of the name. You simply press Enter to open or launch it. If the displayed name isn't the item you want, a few seconds later the tool displays a drop-down list with other likely candidates from which you can choose. In our tests, we were easily able to configure the tool to choose from multiple directories among our system's other users' folders. Besides files, folders, and apps, Launchy also displayed site names from our default browser's Favorites file.

This easy-to-master tool--free and unlimited--performed without a hitch in all our tests, and soon may completely replace our using the Start menu or Windows Explorer. We recommend it for any user.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 17
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 13
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 137 votes

    • 5 star 72
    • 4 star 26
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 20
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4 stars

"It needed little effort to get encouraging results."

June 02, 2010  |  By mido_x

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

as seen down in the "Bottom-line summary".

Cons

I think it needs some time and more usage of this tool to find any valid cons.

Summary

Clearly, Start menu is too limited in comparison with launchy.
could get the same ends with explorer, but explorer is much slower.

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4 stars

"Fun and easy to use"

May 31, 2010  |  By joelstocker

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

Like the look and feel

Cons

Would work better with touch screen

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5 stars

"great help"

May 10, 2010  |  By schw0720

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

launch programs quick

Cons

takes a little while to get everything you want in the list

Summary

I am an engineer and have to use many different programs for work. My quick launch bar had 20 programs. This is a better way.

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5 stars

"First thing I download on new computers"

May 07, 2010  |  By khuang311

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

- quick, easy to use
- alt+space easy
- fast fast fast

Cons

- find myself pressing alt +space on other people's computers and being annoyed when they don't have it and i have to go through the start menu to find their silly programs

Summary

i'd imagine that once I got around to upgrading to Vista/ Windows 7, i wouldn't find this as impressive because currently I have an XP without the apparently amazing built-in search function... but for now, it's my favorite program on my computer because it's so easy to press alt+space, type in the first few letters, and launch my program =)

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4 stars

"Excellent little tool"

April 05, 2010  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

It finds whatever you want, fast and efficient, with autocomplete after you type 2 or 3 letters. It indexes everything, so you don't have to spend hours adding it all yourself. It is stable on my netbook, unlike some other launchers I have tried.

Cons

I would like to have more control over what it includes - it would be nice to have quick access to a full list to which I could add & remove. Configuration seems a bit obstinate - for example my Hotkey choice doesn't change from the default.

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3 stars

"Great tool to keep desktop clutter free"

January 24, 2010  |  By adampuls

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

Quick indexing, finds all programs and requested documents.

Cons

Some of the shortcuts seem to be broken. Launchy finds the desired app, but for some reason, it won't launch.

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3 stars

"I can live without it"

January 17, 2010  |  By KidPC

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

Puts a windows search directly on your page, doesn't look so appealing but there are different themes and you can always hide the program. I still use it on my desktop yet I always forget to you it because it's hidden.

Cons

Not too appealing, windows vista and windows 7 users will do just fine with the Windows Explorer.

Summary

If you're looking for an easy way to find things on your computer and online, then I suggest TRYING this program.

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4 stars

"Simple to use and has merit"

January 15, 2010  |  By kevans00

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

1st impression are all positive, I enjoy this method of navigation

Cons

None, to early to say

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4 stars

"Works well..."

December 29, 2009  |  By samuelfur

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

Doesn't have a an annoying task-bar icon, Runs in background, Doesnt use a lot of memory.

Cons

I can find things faster with vista's search bar.

Summary

Good program for people who are running older versions of windows. Windows XP and older.

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5 stars

"Great, even works on win vista!"

December 22, 2009  |  By t27o

 |  Version: Launchy 2.12

Pros

Absolutely perfect, never freezes! Works on win vista (not stated above).

Cons

absolutely none

Summary

Its just great!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.12
Version 2.1.2 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Josh Karlin
Publisher web site http://cs.unm.edu/~karlinjf/
Release Date August 19, 2008
Date Added August 19, 2008
Version 2.12
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.34MB
File Name Launchy2.5.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 141,759
Downloads Last Week 69
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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