I cannot use Windows without a launcher application, I am so used to it. On Windows XP, I use Launchy and on Windows 7, I use the new Start menu Search box.
On Ubuntu, I am now using Launchy to do the same. Launchy does not seem to be included in any Ubuntu repository. So, it needs to be installed manually.
I tried the stable 2.1.2 version of Launchy available here. But, it was a bit buggy and could not launch commands which had parameters (for example:
firefox %u). To get around this, I use the 2.5 Beta version of Launchy from** here. My preferred shortcut to launch Launchy is Ctrl+Space**.
To install Launchy, download the
.deb file from the above sources and install using the GDebi Package Installer (usually invoked by double-clicking or right-clicking the file).
Tried with:** Launchy 2.1.2 and 2.5 Beta **