Launchy – Making Start Menu Redundant

Launchy Launchy is a file launcher for Windows XP. The developers claim it would help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Arrow How Does it Work?

To begin with Launchy indexes your start menu programs, control panel applications and Firefox bookmarks. When not needed Launchy hides in the background utilizing very little system resources. Upon pressing Alt+Space a tiny window pops up. You can type the name of the application or bookmark you want to launch and Launchy would provide suggestions as you type. All this is so easy that you have to simply use it to believe.


Arrow It’s Not Just a File Launcher

Launchy is not just a file launcher. Here are some of the things you can do with Launchy.

Arrow Search The Web : Launchy allows you to search in Google, Msn, Yahoo, Live Search,, Amazon, Wikipedia, Imdb, Msdn, Netflix and

Arrow Calculate : Launchy features a built in calculator that can add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Arrow Explore : You can even explore your computer using Launchy. Start by typing the root directory (example “c:”). Then enter partial name for a directory or press down key to view the list of directories. Use Tab key to enter a directory.

Arrow Launch Bookmarks : Launchy v1.25 includes the Foxy plugin which allows you to launch Firefox bookmarks directly from Launchy. Opera users can use Opery plugin for similar functionality.

Arrow And There is More

Launchy is very flexible and there are loads of things you can do with it. You can add more directories and use Launchy to quickly access your documents. You can even specify the file type you want to be indexed from each directory. However don’t add too many directories as that may prove to be counter-productive. The latest version of Launch includes the Runny plugin. Runny allows you to create aliases for custom commands. Cybernet has a nice tutorial on Runny.
You can extend Launchy further by downloading plugins and change it’s appearence by downloading new skins.

Arrow My Verdict

Launchy delivers on its promise to help you forget about your start menu and the icons on your desktop. It provides the search as you type functionality present in Vista’s Start Menu on systems running Windows XP and you don’t even have to open the Start Menu.
It’s small, it’s efficient and it’s free. Launchy is truly a must have software for Windows XP users.

Official Website
Download Launchy
Requirements : Windows XP
Version Reviewed : 1.25
Cost : Free

9 Responses to Launchy – Making Start Menu Redundant

  1. May 23, 2007 at 5:32 pm #

    Looks Cool. Let me try this….. And thanks for this Post.

  2. Rohit May 23, 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    Good to see Launchy getting more recognition. I have been using it for quite some time now and it’s just amazing. Just press Alt + Space and type ‘fif’ to start EA Fifa 07 😀

  3. TheAnand May 23, 2007 at 7:57 pm #

    thats a nice one…i used to have a shell replacement program earlier…but lost it in the crash….got it from giveawayoftheday . . . . .

  4. Jeremy May 24, 2007 at 8:21 pm #

    Launchy is a great app, but take a look at Keybreeze. It’s more configurable than Launchy, takes up less memory, responds faster, and contains dozens and dozens of features:

    macros, notes, letter commands, functions, display settings, integration with Skype and iTunes, and it’s free.

  5. Mohammed May 25, 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    Looks Intresting, so will give it a try. Hope its not a laggard on my OLD RIG 😛

  6. praveen August 8, 2007 at 8:34 am #

    Hey its a better way of saving time , i will try out launchy

  7. Mayur November 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I Found Find and Run Robot to be the best, Keybreeze and SlickRun were close 2nd and 3rd. I have tried a LOT of these apps. Including Launchy. I found launchy too lieitmd compared to the others and used a lot more memory than Find and run robot and Keybreeze and SlickRun. I dont know why its so popular!


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