Is there a better way to find and launch apps? Mac users can choose from a dozen or so app launchers, but if you’re into using keyboard shortcuts, here’s a launcher that’s hard to beat. It’s free.
Launch Me, Baby!
It’s not that there’s really anything wrong with the venerable Dock. It’s simple. It works. The problem many Mac users have is that the Dock gets cluttered with apps and documents and folders.
As the Dock grows, the app icons shrink. Even magnifying the Dock while you skim the screen pointer across it looking for an app isn’t enough.
Worse, Mac power users who prefer the sanctity of the keyboard instead of constant movement of the hand from keyboard to trackpad or mouse and back usually prefer keyboard shortcuts.
The Dock doesn’t have keyboard shortcuts. Launcher does.
This clever little app resides in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s accessible from within any open app or the Finder. A hotkey combo brings down a search window. Without moving your hands from the keyboard simply enter the app’s name you want to launch. Or, an abbreviation– QTP for QuickTime Player. Or IT for iTunes.
You control the abbreviations for Launcher in the settings. That includes the hotkey combo to open Launcher from the Menubar.
That’s simple enough, right? But Launcher does more. That pop down window lets you use the keyboard to open apps, search various search engines with keywords, check spelling and definition of a word, run AppleScript, and calculate numbers.
All from one pop down window. Launcher also has a built-in file browser so you can navigate through files and folders on your Mac, and use QuickLook to view the file, or find the file in the Finder.
Launcher is one of the most useful apps you can have on your Mac. The only real issue is disciplining yourself to avoid the trackpad or mouse and let the keyboard do the work for you.
I can hear Obi Wan Kenobe now, ‘Trust in the force of the keyboard, Luke.’