What do Controlpad, Launchy and Fingertips all have in common?

August 28, 2009 | By | Reply More

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Launching applications from our computer can sometimes become an issue of productivity. While most of us settle in just choosing the app from the start menu, it can be unwieldy for some users who are actually more attached to using the keyboard.

There’s really no need to go any farther because I already came across some valuable softwares that would do such job. Controlpad, Launchy and Fingertips can easily launch applications using numerical keypads. With Controlpad, a user only needs to hold down the * (asterisk) button on the numerical keyboard then enter the corresponding code assigned to launch a specific program or web address. It also allows functionality to laptop users via the Laptop Mode using F12 instead of the asterisk key. The only drawback I can think of in using this software is the user’s ability to memorize the code corresponding to the application or program being used but I can’t find any problem with it unless the codes correspond to those softwares that are frequently used.

Controlpad launching applications on Windows via the numerical keyboard

Controlpad launching applications on Windows via the numerical keyboard

Launchy, on the other hand, functions almost the same however it doesn’t use codes (no memorization needed) instead it functions like a search form which provides results depending on the search query term or command used.

 Launchy - launches applications on Windows via a search form query

Launchy - launches applications on Windows via a search form query

Fingertips, however functions similarly to Launchy but the only difference is that it cannot launch softwares or applications which means both Fingertips and Launchy must work hand-in-hand to achieve good results. Fingertips works well with Outlook because it can be used to quickly create new appointments, emails, or display different parts of Outlook such as notes and inboxes.

As quick launcher programs become increasingly popular, there’s just no perfect software however, I can only advise that you have to choose which one really suits your needs and preference.

Which one do you think is the best? Are you willing to try any one of these?

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