SlickRun by Bayden Systems is one such tool. Rick Strahl pointed me to this tool recently and it quickly became one of my favorites. It's a free floating command line utility for Windows and I couldn't live without it now that I have it. It's kinda like batch files on steroids. In fact, now that I have this installed, I have removed most of the icons from my desktop and I use SlickRun to launch almost everything.
Here are some examples of what I use it for:
- I defined "Mail" to launch Outlook and open up my email
- I defined "Music" to launch Yahoo's radio so I can
listen to my favorite R&B station.
- I defined "MBS" to launch remote desktop and log into
- I defined "Time" to launch Excel and open the spreadsheet I use to track time on projects.
- I defined "UT" to launch Explorer and open up the
- I defined "Word" to launch Microsoft Word.
- I defined "Newsgroup" to launch my newsgroup reader.
You basically define a word and then tell it what to launch. And what is even cooler is that you can define one word that launches several other words. For example, I have "morning" defined to open my email, launch the internet, open up remote desktop so I can log into work, launch my time card, and a bunch of other things that I do every morning.
It also takes advantage of remembering what I typed last time so when I type "m", it displays "mail" or "music" depending on what I did last time. Often times all I have to type is one letter and it already knows what I want to do. What a huge time saver!!
So what's the cost of this great tool? Well .. what's it worth to you? Technically it's free, but donations are certainly appreciated by Bayden. I can tell you that after using this tool for just one day I sent my donation off to Bayden giving them my praise and kudos.
I consider this tool a "Must Have" and I'm sure you will too!