I can’t bear the pain of looking over somebody’s shoulder and seeing the person painfully going through Start – All Programs – Some Folder – Some Other Folder… oh wait, it wasn’t there… maybe here… hmm… hold on, I think it’s under Start – All Programs – blah blah blah…
Gee, I don’t have time for that. 🙂
There are programs and "things" that we want to get to ASAP because we use them a lot. If you have to spend precious seconds or minutes to get to it, you end up forgetting why you were looking for it to begin with. The less "noise" between the task you’re trying to accomplish and the tool you’ll use for it, the better.
I’ve been using SlickRun for about a year now. Love it! Every place I go do presentations, training, or when somebody sees me working, I always hear "hey, what was that??", "hey, how did you get that so quick??".
For instance, doing a Google search, or searching for a movie on IMDB, or looking for a book on Amazon… I don’t want to launch the browser, navigate to the URL, type in the search criteria, and hit a button to do the search. A tool like SlickRun makes that a lot easier. Just go to their website and check it out. Oh, and the tool is Free!!!
I know there’s a number of other tools like that out there, and I haven’t had a chance to play with them. Since SlickRun has been working well for me, I’m sticking with it for the time being.
Scott Hanselman has a good post on "launcher tools"; check that out too to see if you find another tool you may like better.
Don’t wait any longer: go there, find a tool for you, and stick to it!! You’ll never regret. Spend some 20 minutes looking into it, and you’ll be surprise with how much time you’ll save daily by using a little free tool like that.