A Start menu alternative

I recently installed Launchy on my machine to automate common actions. Launchy is a program that lets you quickly execute shortcuts via the keyboard. To activate it, press Alt+Spacebar then type your shortcut. It has autocomplete and defaults to the last shortcut you ran.

It indexes your Start Menu and Quick Launch. I created an additional index and added frequently visited Chrome bookmarks as well as some batch and Powershell scripts that I regularly use.

Some of my shortcuts:

  • JIRA (link to current sprint)
  • Backlog (link to backlog)
  • Pull Requests
  • Prod Insights (my production activity monitor)
  • Script Out DBs (batch file regenerates EF Core files from a SQL DB)
  • Vue Debug (launches a background Vue compiler and watches for changes)
  • ES6 cheat sheet

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