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Download of the day: Launchy


PCHF Tech News
Jan 10, 2015

Find and open any program, file or folder with ease using Launchy.

Why you need it

Very often, getting work done efficiently is reliant on being able to quickly find the programs and files you need to complete the task at hand. But with an ever-expanding contingent of installed programs and saved documents to sift through, that's often easier said than done.

What you need is Launchy. This simple little app opens up when you hit Alt + Space and allows you to quickly search for the program you need – or the file, folder or bookmark, in fact. Launchy displays a list of matches that is automatically populated as you type, so it's not actually necessary to type the full name of the program before it appears. Highlight it and hit enter and Launchy loads it up, ready for use.

It's very straightforward and easy to use, but should you want to do more then there are plenty of useful plugins to extend its functionality further. There's Killy, which kills processes instead of launching them, Mathy Resurrected, which adds an advanced calculator to Launchy, plus more.

Key features

  • Works on: PC
  • Versions: Free (although a donation is suggested)
  • Find anything: Launchy indexes your Start Menu programs and can find your files and documents quickly and simply, making it a breeze to launch pretty much anything
  • Auto-populated list: Search results appear as you type, so you can find what you're looking for before you've even finished typing
  • Extra features: Launchy features plenty of community-made plugins that can add more features to it for free
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