The “Start Menu” on my PC generally extends upto 3-4 columns; thanks to all the software/tools that I install/try out.
[Note: Screen width is set to 1280 pixels :)]
On the top of this, Windows XP has a totally useless Start Menu; If I have to quickly launch an application, I spend more time searching for it rather than using it !
Colibri did come to my rescue; Using Colibri I could quickly launch applications and control panel widgets.
Launchy is another small little app which helps in quickly launching applications. Unlike Colibri, Launchy also allows you to index folders via which you can even quickly launch documents/folders.
Even in terms of system resource utilization, Launchy did a better job than Colibri.
KeyBreeze is the new kid on the block. Using KeyBreeze you can:
- Type keywords to open files, folders, and websites.
- Type commands to check the weather, get memory usage, shut down your computer…
- Search Google, Dictionary.com, Wikipedia, eBay, and other websites by typing letter commands.
- Examples: s:mp3s, d:plaudit, w:omega-3, etc.
- Type functions to change the display settings of a window.
- You can hide any window, set a window on top, make a window translucent…
- Make your own functions that paste custom text into any text field.
- Record macros to automate repetitive computer tasks.
- Create notes on your desktop; set reminders
I have been using it for the past 2 days and it does look like a eligible replacement to Launchy.
If you want to take your keywords/commands/macros on a USB flash drive, check this page for more details on the USB version of Keybreeze.