Best Music Freeware: Launchy

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Title: Launchy

Description: A time saving tool to find and launch frequently used programs and files on your computer.

License: Open Source

Screen Snapshot:Tested On Which System (before posting): XP Professional



Platforms Supported: All Windows and Linux

Expanded Description: Although not a Music-Specific program,  Launchy is unbelievably useful for expediting the launching and finding of frequently used programs.  It is always ready to go (TSR) and updates its indexes every ten minutes (selectable).    This program is so useful that I’ve installed it on all of our MIDI computers in the Music Technology Lab.  

Launchy is easily “launched” by pressing ALT-SPACE (customizable) and allows you simply start typing the name of a file to find it and ultimately launch it.  This program allows you to select which directories and file-types you would like to have it store for quick retrieval.  It also allows you to pull up your web browser simply by typing in a web address.  I KNOW you will find this program as useful as I do!

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Best regards,

   J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website