If you spend most of your time in front of a computer with a sore wrist, then maybe reducing the amount of double clicking you do may help. Launchy is a free utility designed to do exactly this. It cuts out the middle man meaning no more searching the Start menu with the mouse or clicking on shortcuts – just type the name of the program you want to use into the launchy dialogue box and it launches automatically.
Launchy works by indexing your programs and file structures so that you can even use it as your default file explorer. Once running, it hides in the background until you press the ‘ALT’ and spacebar keys simultaneously. The dialogue bar that appears then searches as you type until the program, file or application you want to launch is found. Hitting the ‘ENTER’ key then executes the command.
The Launchy website also features some useful hints and tips on getting more out of the program such as Google searches, weather forecasts and even a scientific calculator function.