Just a quick thing about an article I read yesterday on Download.com Blog called Windows Starter Kit listing a lot of very useful freewares in various fields, I had already some installed & I have alternatives for others or just don’t need them. So from the list I only downloaded & installed two programs: Process Explorer & Launchy.
Especially Launchy is great, it makes opening your different programs so easy, only type 2 or 3 letters from your program’s name & Launchy will find it for you, then all you have to do is to hit the Enter key, if the program found is not the one you’re looking for, wait a few seconds to see a drop-down list of other programs appearing.
Once you start Launchy it goes & hides in the background, to call it you need to press Alt + Space by default.
Another useful software (not from the Starter Kit list) is XNeat Windows Manager, this one adds a lot of useful features to the Taskbar & others that are just “cool”. Features I like are the possibility of rearranging taskbar buttons by dragging them, to choose to have a widow always on top of others & to send any window to the System Tray.
Unlike some softwares that only add to the visual & to the coolness then slow your system, Launchy & XNeat offer real improvements & most likely can save you precious seconds, enjoy!