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Launchy for Windows – Like Finder for Mac

Feb - 17 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

As you know, I’ve recently gotten my first Mac. I’m still learning. One of the features I like the most is Finder. Last night my husband installed an awesome Windows app that gives Finder functionality to his PC – Launchy.

Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

Using this open source application, Windows users can easily mimic the functionality of Finder without switching to a Mac.

I should mention that my husband is using Windows XP. He says that Vista has a function something like this but for some reason it doesn’t work for games – so if you’re a gamer, like him, then you probably want to give Launchy a go.

[update] Derik pointed me to an awesome app that is actually closer to Launchy – but for Mac. Called Quicksilver. [/update]

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12 Responses so far.

  1. DerikB says:

    Finder? Really? Have you tried Quicksilver for launching apps and other such things:

    http://www.blacktree.com/

  2. DerikB says:

    Finder? Really? Have you tried Quicksilver for launching apps and other such things:

    http://www.blacktree.com/

  3. Nicole says:

    Um – no – I’m still learning :) I’ll give this a whirl.

  4. Nicole says:

    Derik – that is so awesome!!!

  5. Nicole says:

    Um – no – I’m still learning :) I’ll give this a whirl.

  6. Nicole says:

    Derik – that is so awesome!!!

  7. Nicole, I’ve been using Launchy on my work machine and QS on my laptop for about two weeks now and just LOVE the ability to so quickly start apps – I find it much more intuitive and efficient. Apparently QS can do tons more, but I’m just loving it for launching stuff – have removed nearly everything from my Dock as a result.

  8. Nicole, I’ve been using Launchy on my work machine and QS on my laptop for about two weeks now and just LOVE the ability to so quickly start apps – I find it much more intuitive and efficient. Apparently QS can do tons more, but I’m just loving it for launching stuff – have removed nearly everything from my Dock as a result.

  9. DerikB says:

    Glad you like it. You can do tons with QS once you get the hang of it.

  10. emily says:

    Hello, I’m using a program that sound similar to that called RocketDock. It’s free, and I love it – great customization available. Makes me feel Mac-ish.

  11. DerikB says:

    Glad you like it. You can do tons with QS once you get the hang of it.

  12. emily says:

    Hello, I’m using a program that sound similar to that called RocketDock. It’s free, and I love it – great customization available. Makes me feel Mac-ish.


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