Winlaunch

Open folders, apps and websites with a simple hotkey

Having a keyboard with more than a hundred keys on it, wouldn't it make sense to make the most of them? With Winlaunch now you can assign your own customizable keyboard shortcuts to a wide array of different actions. View full description

PROS

  • You can configure many different actions
  • Use just about any possible keyboard combination
  • Support for exceptions

CONS

  • No easy-to-access shortcut reminder

Very good
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Having a keyboard with more than a hundred keys on it, wouldn't it make sense to make the most of them? With Winlaunch now you can assign your own customizable keyboard shortcuts to a wide array of different actions.

After installing the program, you're presented with a clear, simple interface where you can start adding shortcuts straight away. Winlaunch includes a wizard-like interface that makes it very easy: select the action you want to perform, set the variables and assign a given shortcut to it. That's all!

You can choose between launching an application, opening a file or folder, starting an e-mail message, opening a webpage, executing a certain command or even inserting a predefined text string. As for key combinations there are also many to choose from, including modifiers such as Ctrl, Alt, Shift or the Win key.

I especially liked the so called "Exceptions", which enable you to disable hotkeys under certain circumstances so that they don't overrun other predefined shortcuts. This means that, for example, if you use Ctrl+T to open the Twitter website, you can disable that combination when working in Photoshop so that you can properly use the Transformation tool shortcut, which is also Ctrl+T.

On the downside, I missed having some kind of easy reminder to review all the shortcuts I had created without having to open the program's interface. Thus it'll be easier to learn all combinations by heart from the very beginning.

With Winlaunch you'll be able to perform a wide variety of actions in Windows just by using keyboard shortcuts, though it'll require some effort from you to learn them all.

Winlaunch is a global shortcut program that allows you to launch programs, documents, folders, websites, emails, control applets and commands by pressing any custom-built assigned shortcut key combination ( for example, Ctrl+F1 could open your default web browser). Shortcut keys work anywhere within Windows, but ‘Exceptions’ prevent them from working if you are using another application, such as Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer, which can also be set to ‘Learn’ as you use your computer, enabling you to set them up more easily. Winlaunch offers all these features in an easy to use environment, allowing you to add shortcuts easily and manage your shortcuts and exceptions within grouped listings, making them easier to manage.

Drag and Drop support from Windows Explorer is fully supported, allowing you to add your shortcuts more efficiently as you use your computer. Reports are generated for shortcuts that are successfully and unsuccessfully launched, while showing a launch confirmation tooltip by the system tray for all shortcuts successfully launched. Run time editing on shortcuts is supported and the ability to disable shortcuts that are not needed, removing the need to delete them.

Winlaunch

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Winlaunch Beta 2 4.0