Keybreeze – Quickly launch applications

Tips n Tricks, Tools, Windows

The “Start Menu” on my PC generally extends upto 3-4 columns; thanks to all the software/tools that I install/try out.

[Note: Screen width is set to 1280 pixels :)]

On the top of this, Windows XP has a totally useless Start Menu; If I have to quickly launch an application, I spend more time searching for it rather than using it !

Colibri did come to my rescue; Using Colibri I could quickly launch applications and control panel widgets.

Read my earlier post to know more about Colibri

Launchy is another small little app which helps in quickly launching applications. Unlike Colibri, Launchy also allows you to index folders via which you can even quickly launch documents/folders.

Even in terms of system resource utilization, Launchy did a better job than Colibri.

Read my earlier posts to know more about Launchy

KeyBreeze is the new kid on the block. Using KeyBreeze you can:

  • Type keywords to open files, folders, and websites.
  • Type commands to check the weather, get memory usage, shut down your computer…
  • Search Google, Dictionary.com, Wikipedia, eBay, and other websites by typing letter commands.
    • Examples: s:mp3s, d:plaudit, w:omega-3, etc.
  • Type functions to change the display settings of a window.
    • You can hide any window, set a window on top, make a window translucent…
  • Make your own functions that paste custom text into any text field.
  • Record macros to automate repetitive computer tasks.
  • Create notes on your desktop; set reminders

Do checkout the complete list of Keybreeze features here. The screenshots page also gives a good overview of the features.

I have been using it for the past 2 days and it does look like a eligible replacement to Launchy.

Download KeyBreeze

If you want to take your keywords/commands/macros on a USB flash drive, check this page for more details on the USB version of Keybreeze.

2 comments… add one

  • Apurv May 31, 2007

    Oh damn, I just replied to your comments on Launchy on my blog.. and now I see this!!

  • Shivaranjan May 31, 2007

    This is really tempting me to try this peice of code. 🙂

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