In Windows, desktop shortcuts allow us to access the frequently used programs, files and folders without having to go to their separate directories. For instance, if you want to launch Mozilla Firefox, you can just click its desktop or taskbar icon. If there is no shortcut for the application, you will have to open the Windows Explorer, go to the install location, locate the executable file and run it to access the program. Imagine how much time would it take to open each app which normally requires you to do just a couple of clicks on your desktop. There is also another way to open some applications; the Windows + R "Run"
console. It allows you to open some programs just by typing their name in the run dialog box. For example, if you enter “firefox” or “chrome” in the Run dialog and press Enter, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers will launch, respectively. By default, you can access some of the default Windows programs, such as Notepad, and some third party applications, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, directly by entering their name in the Run dialog box. Windows + R Alias Manager
is an application for Windows 8 that lets users create custom aliases for their most used applications, files and folders, for use in the Run dialog box.
Accessing any folder, file, or program quickly is the ultimate requirement of every user. Orbiter
is a dock-like application which lets you easily add folders, files, and programs seamlessly in order to quickly access them.
is a nifty quick launcher for your Mac which sits quietly atop the menu bar and does the magic whenever it gets a call! It has been created keeping the ease-of-use in mind and makes finding files and searching the internet a whole lot faster and easier.
You must be familiar with Network Location which can be found under Computer (also called, My Computer). There are users who don’t prefer to use Network Locations because it only supports FTP and not SFTP which is more secure, but that is another problem. The question is why not make use of this empty space?
Back In June we covered a great app called JumpList Launcher that allowed users to add programs and then launch them from the taskbar jump list. Some people complained that it was quite buggy and I agree. Luckily today I came across JumpLaunch, a newly released tool that does exactly what users want. Read More
has been well covered around the blogosphere. For those who don’t know, it allow users to open link in the selected browser. In the latest release, the author has finally added support for Windows 7 JumpList. Now you can pin the program to the taskbar and launch the desired browser in just 2 clicks. First of all you need to add the browsers, you can add up to five different browsers, the most preferred are Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome.
There are so many program launchers out there that we have compiled a few here. MouseExtender
is however a new portable tool that is unique in every extent. It allows users to quickly access their favorite programs, folders, or system functions(such as, Control panel, Restart/Shutdown) with a simple middle mouse button click.
There are lots of application launchers out there and we have covered some here
, and here
. Did you ever notice that every one of them calm to be the fastest in launching programs? Ofcourse there are various methods, my personal favorite is to use Run hotkey + AddToRun
. But what if you hate hotkeys and want a quick way to launch a program using a mouse?
Okay here is a quick tip for those who have lost their “Show Desktop” icon from the Quick Launch Toolbar. If you are like me who while experimenting lost this icon or the icon was deleted by mistake, then you are at the right place. I restored my “Show Desktop” icon with a simple windows trick and thought of sharing it with my readers. Read More