Without an accurate count, which requires tedious research, I can’t tell you how many ways to launch an app on your Mac. One dozen? More? Two dozen?
Some ways are easy. The Dock is a good example. Other ways are more complex. Quicksilver is a good example. Assume for a moment that your Dock is too crowded with apps and documents and you need something else. Go with simple and fast and free.
Everyone Launches Apps Different
To take a cue from Apple’s famous Think Different advertising campaign, Mac users launch apps different. There’s the Dock. It’s there. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s free. It’s crowded.
There’s the old fashioned way to launch apps. Find the app and double click. It’s old but it works.
Or, you can use any one of a couple of dozen Mac apps which act as app launchers. They launch what you want, when you want, and give you a bunch of extra features for the privilege of payment.
One favorite is DragThing. It’s highly capable but not free, and not necessarily so easy to set up and use if the only app launcher you’ve used is the Dock. Another geeky favorite is Quicksilver, so complex and keyboard driven that you need a Master’s Degree in Geek to use it.
Launch Different: Free, Easy, Fast
Let’s assume that you don’t have additional money to spend on a Mac app to aid your over crowded Dock. Free is good. myAppLauncher is free. It’s fast. It’s simple.
Double click myAppLauncher to launch. Enter a Global Hotkey combination (use it to launch myAppLauncher). In Preferences, click Add To Login Items and select the apps you want to launch.
Easy so far, huh? Free should mean uncomplicated and so far that’s what we have.
To launch an app that’s not in your Dock, hit the Global Hotkey combo, and do one of two things: Click the app you want to launch from the list, or, if you’re in to slaving over a hot keyboard, simply begin to type the name of the app you want.
The app will appear in the myAppLauncher floating window, arrow down to the app, hit the Return key to launch it. It’s that simple. myAppLauncher automagically finds the apps on your Mac, but you can add more. You can also set it start up when your Mac starts up.
Alright, now for the rest of the story. myAppLauncher is free, simple to use, easy to set up. Wait. I did that already. That’s it. Not bad for free, huh?