Quicksilver is one of my favorite apps on the Mac platform, but what about Windows? Is there anything we could use on Windows that acts more or less the same as Quicksilver on the Macs? Well, it turns out that there are quite a few! I personally prefer Launchy, which is an open source keystroke launcher for Windows 🙂
If you have used Quicksilver on the Macs, you will probably know how useful its. Instead of searching for the app that you want on the Dock Menu / in Application Folder, you just type in the name of the app and launch it straight away!
For those who haven’t tried either Quicksilver on Macs or Launchy on Windows, don’t worry, Quicksilver / Launchy is really easy to use, and you will be able to master it in just a few second 😉
First of all, lets take a look of what Launchy looks like and see what it can do for us:
there are other uses of Launchy (E.g. search on Google / Yahoo / Wikipedia etc ), if you want to know more, you can visit it’s home page and find out what this program is capable of.
Now let’s take a look of how to use Launchy to search and open up folders.
For example, if I want my assignment 5 folder, I just want to type in the folder’s name and expect Launchy to find what I want:
In order to do this, we need to create some shortcuts of folders in Launchy’s directory. So lets start and see how we can do this:
Step 1. Open up Launchy’s folder in Program Files. If you have installed it without changing anything, chances are the folder will be in C Drive. The path to get there will look something like this: C:\Program Files\Launchy. Since I installed mine on D Drive instead, my path of the folder will be: D:\Program Files\Launchy.
Notice that the only difference is at the beginning. C:\ stand for C drive and D:\ stand for D Drive.
Step 3. Go into the Special Folders and you will see some default shortcuts that have been added for you. I have added quite a few myself:
Q. What does those shortcuts do?
A. With the shortcuts in the folder, you can use Launchy to search and launch those folders anytime, anywhere.
Ok, all that sounds GREAT, but how do I make a shortcut? For example, I want to make a shortcut of my D Drive so I can open up my D Drive anytime. How do I do that?
Step 4. Just open up my computer, move your mouse onto D Drive‘s icon, hold down your right mouse button and drag it all the way to Launchy’s Special Folders:
When you drag D Drive‘s icon, you will see:
Now its all renamed and ready to go
Step 7. Before we can use it, we need to rebuild the index (by default, it will rebuild the index every 20 mins, but who wants to wait for 20 mins -_-) so that we can see the changes straight away. Right click on Launchy and click on Rebuild Index:
Step 8. Now type in D Drive in Launchy and you will (if everything goes go plan….) get:
As you may notice, at most of the times, we don’t even need to type in the FULL name of our Folders / Programs / Whatever, we just need to type in the first letters and we will get what we want. Of course, you can try things like wlm instead of Windows Live Messenger, it also works with Launchy 🙂
Have fun with this GREAT program 🙂
Remember, if you use a Mac, you can always use Quicksilver.