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First, when do you need an application launcher? Answer, when you deal with a multitude of applications, files, folders and bookmarks. It might get a bit messy, if you have to constantly wade through an avalanche of applications to find the application you wanted. Application launchers come in handy here.

Here we list 5 application launchers (compatible for Windows, Mac and Linux) that make you life a little less messed up.


Launchy: Probably the most popular app launcher for Windows which also works on Linux. Launchy makes your desktop completely clutter free and indexes your programs at your start menu so that you can launch your documents, project files, folders and bookmarks through some simple keystrokes.


Launchy helps you index almost everything on your computer. From your bookmarks and Folders, to your music, pictures and even your custom commands. Besides, it allows some smart Google search options as well as a nifty built-in calculator.

RocketDock: If you are looking for a clean and snazzy application launcher for your Windows computer, RocketDock has got to be on your list. This launcher is customizable, provides a sleek Mac OS X looking platform and lets you minimize your windows to it as thumbnails. That aside, it provides running application indicators and is available in multiple languages.


Mac OS X:

QuickSilver: To access any of your files, folders and applications in a jiffy, QuickSilver is probably the dock you would love to have in Mac. Even though the Mac OSX now comes with a built-in application dock named Spotlight, QuickSilver is still the favorite for many Mac users. So Quick Dock helps in finding your music, pictures and other data quickly. What else? It also lists your set of searches from whatever you do.


Namely: Namely is a simple, clean app which takes away the cake for its ease of use. Namely is simple and intuitive. You just need a few simple keyboard shortcuts and it starts listing your queries from the drop down menu. It generally lists your intended app/s within two three letters.



GNOME Do: The inspiration comes from the Macintosh world. Quicksilver to be precise. Hence the GNOME Do applet is intuitive, it finds your apps quickly and without fuss. You just need to type in the first few letters and your apps appear from the drop down.

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