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  • Launchy icon

    Launchy

    Launchy is a free Windows and Linux 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Listary

    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications. It searches folders, files or anything else as-you-type....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

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    Alfred

    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

    Freemium Mac

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    Synapse

    Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

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    Find And Run Robot

    FARR also lets you quickly run web searches, send email, manipulate files, control on-screen windows, and much more. Build and share custom commands or install plugins to add tons of new features, like live search features for your...

    Free Windows

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    Gnome Do

    GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items. GNOME Do is inspired by Quicksilver &...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.
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    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    Commercial Windows

  • TinyTask icon

    TinyTask

    TinyTask provides quick and easy automation by recording-playback. It is a case study in minimalist programming: the entire program is only 32k -- and over 14k are graphics, which means the executable portion is very small and...

    Free Windows

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    Executor

    A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable freeware windows run replacement and more. Executor is available also as a portable app and can be integrated in LiberKey.

    Free Windows

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    Keypirinha

    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

    Free Windows

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  • LaunchBar icon

    LaunchBar

    LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital life. Whatever you want to get done on your Mac – with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away. ...

    Freemium Mac

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    kupfer

    Kupfer is a command tool heavily inspired by Quicksilver; you do not use it to search your files, you use it to summon an application or document quickly by typing the first parts of its name. Kupfer is written using Python and has a...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued No longer updated. Last version, v208, released on June 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Keyboard Maestro

    Keyboard Maestro enables you to create or record custom macro shortcuts that you can activate at any time.

    Commercial Mac

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    dmenu

    dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

    Open Source Linux

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    SlickRun

    SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program Files\Outlook...

    Free Windows

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    Enso Launcher

    Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, Build 3268, released on 2008, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
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    Albert

    Omnilauncher for Linux to help you quickly find and run apps and do other useful things.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Mutate

    Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips. Features: * Find Applications & Files * Find Files * Kill process *...

    Open Source Linux

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    Gnome-Pie

    Gnome-Pie is a circular application launcher for Linux. It is made of several pies, each consisting of multiple slices. The user presses a key stroke which opens the desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be...

    Open Source Linux

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    Freeter

    When you work on projects, you have to do lots of repetitive actions, such as launch editing tools, open project files, navigate to a task manager and so on. Such actions take just a small slice of your time and efforts. But when you...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    FSL Launcher

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcuts management for applications, documents, url links, folder paths and more... ...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.4.4, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Zazu

    Zazu is a new open source productivity app, that allows developers to be in the drivers seat. Unlike other solutions, there is no built in integrations, so every plugin has the full scope of what Zazu has to offer.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Colibri

    Colibri combines the raw power of the command line with the intuitive nature of a modern graphical user interface to define a revolutionary new way of managing your computer.

    Free Windows

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  • Namely icon

    Namely

    Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. And unlike some other launchers, it doesn't require any learning. You simply activate it using your preferred keyboard shortcut, start typing part of an application's...

    Free Mac

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  • Advanced Run icon

    Advanced Run

    Advanced Run is a replacement for a standard Windows Run dialog. Advanced Run allows you to run any program, run any command line command, open and edit and print documents on behalf of any user account without switching between user...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 3.0, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.
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    Conjure

    Conjure is the fastest, smartest launcher for Android. Use it to open apps, make calls, toggle wifi, adjust volume, and much more. Search results are prioritized according to use so your favorite apps and contacts are always a...

    Commercial Android Android Tablet

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    Promptu

    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need. Promptu lets you associate meaningful names with programs, folders, files, bookmarks, etc, and...

    Free Windows

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    8start launcher

    8start Launcher is a combination of innovative Application Launcher, countdown and Tree Notes/Shortcuts/Favorites. Launcher Features - Organize shortcuts into groups and categories - Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 3.0, was released on 4th June 2011. It is still downloadable from FreewareFiles.com
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    Middleclick

    Welcome to MiddleClick. The next generation application launcher from CodeLogic Software. MiddleClick displays a dashboard of your desktop and web applications whenever you press the scroll wheel on your mouse. Style, speed and...

    Commercial Windows

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    Keybreeze

    It's a small toolbar that you can activate by pressing a hotkey. Then you can type keywords to open programs and websites, search the internet, check the weather, shut down your computer, run macros, and a whole lot more.

    Free Windows

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    AddToRun

    AddToRun is a small utility that will allow you to open any file or application from the Start Menu's Run Command dialog box (WIN+R). It has a very simple interface which will allow you to select a file and assign it an alias or...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Yal icon

    Yal

    Access your files, programs, browser bookmarks, search engines and windows with a few key presses.

    Open Source Windows

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  • aLaunch icon

    aLaunch

    aLaunch is an application launcher of the types to access from menubar.

    Free Mac iPhone

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Quicksilver Comments

I am not awesome enough to use this

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Quicksilver Jan 2012

Lifehacker (one of my favorite sites) loves Quicksilver, but I could never figure out how to use it in a way that made it more useful than Spotlight. Using an app launcher is always faster than using the dock or browsing Launchpad, but I've never been able to do more than that with Quicksilver.

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I used QS for a bit, but I found it lost items if you hadn' ...

Comment by mohawke
about Quicksilver Jun 2011

I used QS for a bit, but I found it lost items if you hadn't used them in awhile and never found newly loaded apps, making it rather pointless. Spotlight is fast and finds all my apps and files just fine. Spotlight categorizes items nicely, like todos, contacts, docs, apps, etc and is just as quick to bring up as QuickSilver using CMD+SPACE, plus it's already in the OS! No updates, no plug-ins, no config, it just works. Honestly, Spotlight is one of many amazing features of OS X that got me to move away from Linux.

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I tried Quicksilver out a few times, and maybe I am just no ...

Comment by nyeates
about Quicksilver Jun 2011

I tried Quicksilver out a few times, and maybe I am just not worthy enough to understand and use it. It did not come natural to me, but I tried to get around that. I think I still need to watch some screencasts. The smartest man at my company uses this like no other (yet he claims he hardly touches it), and does some amazing control with it, like searching through our python source code, launching apps and having them do something he wants, contextual web searches in our in-house webapps.

Like I said though, I could hardly understand the preferences and setup of it. Then, once I started pressing the hot keys I had no idea what to do or what to type to get it to do what I might want...like some of those examples above. I think there is so much you can do with it, so many possibilities, that it can be overwhelming for a new user.

I also had a bad experience with its Triggers functionality. This allows hotkeys to do actions. I wanted it to simply paste in some text. I had to go to forums, set it up, didnt work, read further into forums, some people have certain exentions, others dont. I got it to work...and then a few days into it all, the trigger acts up and instead of pasting text, some how controls my browser to go to another page and enter the text there. Ooops.

In the end, I think its kind of like linux. I am sure it can do tons and once its setup you are golden. I still want to figure it out, the effort to do it is no simple task.

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Mac essential, definitely. Not sure whether I prefer this o ...

Comment by shkm
about Quicksilver Jun 2011

Mac essential, definitely. Not sure whether I prefer this or Gnome Do, but with them both being available only on their respective platforms at the moment, it's not much of a contest.

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I think Quicksilver is one of the apps that makes me stick ...

Comment by stepandr2009
about Quicksilver Jun 2011

I think Quicksilver is one of the apps that makes me stick with my Mac. It's that good.
In the past it has had loads of stability issues and I had to uninstall it for a while - it broke my heart. But I'm glad to say that since installing the latest build (B56a7) on my Snow Leopard machine it has not crashed once (I've had it installed for about a month now and I've used it every day).
I really love this app and it's the first thing I tell anyone new to Mac to download, use and love.

I'd like to shake Alc0r by the flipper, but I fear I am not worthy.

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