A power user’s guide to Launchy
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This is a power user’s guide to this open source keystroke launcher.
1. Get the beta release:-
The “beta” might sound like unfinished, this is not the case with Launchy. The latest release 2.6 beta 2 is quite stable ( Download Now ), has added features such as it comes with required plugins by default. All the options below this may not apply to older versions. So, make sure you get the latest edition before continuing.
2. Change the defaults:-
Click on that small settings icon in the top right corner and it’ll take you to options. If you changed the default skin settings icon is not visible launch it in rescue mode from the start menu. From General > Options:
Untick Always display Launchy window.
Tick Hide Launchy when it loses focus
Untick always on top.
Don’t forget to change the hotkey to your liking.
On the right, you can change the suggestion display to name and path and decrease the auto open delay while increasing simultaneously visible suggestions.
3. Update the catalog for your folders:-
You can add the folder location and get certain types of file searches in the location on Launchy search box. Do not be tempted by this and rely on Launchy to locate everything on the computer. It’s not efficient for that and will take forever to build the databases (let’s not talk about updating database).
4. Locate your own shortcuts:-
The neat way to above options is to make shortcuts to files and folder and store them inside Launchy directory or add them to catalog. I prefer the first one, what about you? I even moved some portable apps to the installation directory and used a shortcut from the same directory to access itself. You can get as crazy
5.Shutdown from Launchy:-
You can shut down the computer from Launchy itself. Just input the “shutdown” and you’ll get the suggestion. Logoff, hibernate and restart options are also available. The only downside is taking full one minute for the task, except for hibernating. You can solve this by changing these shortcuts. Go to the installation directory (like C:\Program Files (x86) \Launchy) and navigate to Utilities > System Power. Go to properties on the individual item and add “-t 010” (without quotes) at the end of the target. This will shut down in 10 seconds, vary the time to seconds as required. The same applies to restart and logoff. This does not apply to hibernation, it is instantaneous by default.
Did you notice that there’s no sleep option? That’s because there’s not. If you completely disable the hibernation, the hibernation shortcut will work as sleep. You must choose one if you wish to use that option from Launchy. You can always choose to sleep from old style start menu if you need hibernation enabled.
7.Create shortcuts for modern windows apps:-
Unfortunately, Launchy does not recognize the modern windows apps (even settings app). Here’s the workaround for this problem. In the run window (Ctrl + R), enter “shell:AppsFolder”, without quotes, you’ll be presented with all the apps standard and windows store apps. Right-click and create a shortcut on the desktop as usual for all the apps you wanted. You can find settings, Store, Sticky Notes, calculator, Alarms & Clock, and all others installed at present. Then move shortcuts to a directory. Then add the folder in Launchy catalog settings or move them to Launchy > Utility folder. Don’t forget to backup to save the hassle if you must remove Launchy or format PC for some reason.
Hope my article “A power user’s guide to Launchy” helps you to understand and use launchy in a proper way. If you have any query, feel free to comment.
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