Slow down? The Finder can also be a launcher. Put apps files or folders into the Finders toolbar, and assuming you spend a lot of time navigation the Finder, the toolbar can be convenient. The same holds true for the Mac’s Menubar though not all apps have a configurable spot there. Until now.
Launchey is a nifty little Mac utility that acts as an app launcher. It’s simple and elegant. It won’t replace the Dock but it’s as easy to use, and Mac power users will appreciate the hands-on-keyboard option of global hotkeys.
Launchey lets you configure up to five different Mac apps, each easily accessible with a click to the Menubar. Each app can be configured with customizable global hotkeys so the apps can be opened from within any Mac app.
Obviously, Launchey won’t replace the Mac, but it does get you quick access to your five most frequently used apps, and that can be handy if your Dock– like mine and many other Mac users– suffers from app, folder, and file clutter.
There’s really no need for instructions as setting up Launchey is fully self explanatory. Open Launchey, select one of the five slots for apps. Select the app for each one. Assign a global keyboard shortcut. Select add to Menubar (or not; your choice). You can even customize the app directories in Launchey.
Set Launchey up to launch automatically when you login or startup your Mac.
Apple doesn’t give Mac users many customization or personalization options, and simply moving app icons around on the Dock is not part really part of that. Worse, as you add more apps to the Dock, the app icons shrink in size which makes it more difficult to find the apps you want to launch.
Launchey’s only real limitation is the five apps that pop down on the menu in the Menubar. Why not 10? Or, why not multiple groups of apps, each one with up to five apps? Regardless, you can’t ask for a utility to be much more useful, more accessible, or priced better than Launchey. There’s no try-before-you-buy version, but the price tag is almost as nominal as possible.