Software Update: Launchy 2.5

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Last Sunday version 2.5 of Launchy was released. This open source program is suitable for Windows, Linux and from this version also Mac OS X. It is intended to open or start programs, folders and Internet pages quickly and efficiently. It indexes the start menu and favorites, among other things, and when the Alt-spacebar combination is pressed, a search bar appears. By typing just a few letters from the name of the program, folder or favorite, it can be quickly found and started or opened. Not so long ago, a new developer was added to the team and the program has been heavily tinkered with:

Changes in version 2.5.0:

  • Faster performance
  • Better behavior on Linux
  • OS X now supported
  • Icons displayed correctly
  • Environment variables updated correctly when system changes
  • Controly includes more items
  • New shortcut keys
  • New controls:
    • Shift+tab or Shift+bkspc deletes previous tab
    • Shift+Ctrl+Enter launches in elevated mode (Vista and Win7)
    • Down arrow shows history (when there is no current search text)
  • Default skin built into executable in case no other skin is found
  • Launchy now has an icon in the system tray
  • Skins are simplified and easier to create
  • Directory browsing auto-completes correctly

Version number 2.5
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Server 2003, Linux AMD64, Linux IA-64, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website SourceForge
File sizes 900.00KB – 14.30MB
License type GPL
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