Once you have been using Windows for a while, the good ol’ start bar is not a good way to start programs any more. You have to stop what you are doing, find your mouse, move it to the start button click it, navigate through several nested menus and find the program you are looking for. This is tricky to get a screen shot of but I am sure you get the idea.
Contrast this to Launchy. Simply enter a keystroke combination of your choosing and you have an entry box to start typing the name of the program you want to launch and before you can type ‘pai’ and hit enter, you are looking at microsoft paint.
If this is all it did it would be worth the price of admission alone (it is free), but, as they say, there is more. Before I get on the free set of steak knives, let me tell you how else you can use it.
Launchy has a built in calculator for all those simple arithmatical problems that you can’t do in your head. It takes +/*- and () which is adequate for most little sums like 19% German VAT for example.
Of course 10% of 120 is 12. Double it is 24. Minus 1.2 (1%) 22.80 + 120 = 142.80. You can do that in your head can’t you?
Anyway for more complex sums it is a readily available tool and much easier that starting calc.exe or getting out the desc calculator.
One of the best parts of Launchy is that you can add paths for it to index. When I am on a client site I like to add a folder called saplinks to my collection of toolbars. In this directory I store all my SAP shortcuts and then index this directory in Launchy. This way I have quick access to the systems I am working on without having to start the SAP Logon Pad either with my mouse or via Launchy.
I also store normal Internet Explorer bookmarks for development systems I am working on and this is much faster way to launch those sites which I have to do repeatedly during the course of my day
I actually find this faster than typing /ncrm_ic in the transaction code box which is the equivalent way to get to the same site.
Customising with Weby
By entering the customisation for the weby plugin to launchy you can add your own sites and can configure some search parameters.
In the weby config as you can see from above I have added the URL o:
https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/cs/blank/edit/wlg/ with a Query of %s.
Then you can type the name press tab and enter a SAP note number – like this.
In just the same way you can add and entry to go to the quicklinks on http://service.sap.com/
Observant readers will have seen that the screenshot above also has a config option for the blogs here on SAP. If you can remember the numbers for the blogs here on SCN then you could use this option. If you want to try that option out then you can try this one – 6824.
Lastly, I was trying to work out a way to mention PHP in this blog but I don’t think I can… have to save that for another day!
Oh and there is no set of free steak knives you have to watch the shopping channel on late night TV for those.