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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Desktop Enhancements, Skins and Themes | 0 comments

Launchy Tutorial 1 – Installing Launchy

Quickly find and launch software on your PC with Launchy, a fantastic free desktop enhancement. Launchy is a very popular desktop enhancement, especially amongst Windows XP users. Launchy makes it quick and easy to find and run software from your Start menu. It does this by providing you with a pop up window that enables you to search the contents of the Start menu quickly and easily. This is very similar to the search function on the Vista and Windows 7 Start menus.

Installing Launchy is really easy, This tutorial will walk you through the process. The first step is to obtain the latest version of the software. Visit this page at sourceforge to obtain the latest version. Download the file to your desktop or somewhere where you can easily access it. When the download is complete, double click on the icon or select open from your browsers download manager to start the installation process. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may have to grant permission for the installation to proceed if prompted to do so by Windows User Account Control.

The following window will then appear:-


Install Launchy - Step 1


Click “Next >”. The following window will then appear:-


Install Launchy - Step 2


Scroll down to read the licence agreement and if you agree, click on “I accept the agreement” and then click “Next >”. The following window will then be displayed:-


Install Launchy - Step 3


Here we can choose where to store the program files on our computer. The default location is suitable for most users, so simply click on “Next >” to proceed to the window shown below:-


Install Launchy - Step 4


On this window we can choose where to make the program shortcuts. Again, the default location is fine, so simply click on “Next >”. The following window will then appear:-


Install Launchy - Step 5


If you want to create a desktop and quick launch shortcut, then tick/check the boxes shown on this window. Typically, you will run Launchy when the computer is started so that it is always available, so desktop and quick launch shortcuts are not normally needed. Click on “Next >” when you have made your decision. The following window will now be displayed:-


Install Launchy - Step 6


This window provides a summary of the installation options you set on the previous windows. Click on “Install” to begin copying the files to your computer. After a short delay, the following window will appear:-


Install Launchy - Step 7


Installation is now complete. If you don’t want to view the documentation at this time, be sure to deselect “View readme.pdf” before clicking on “Finish”. The program will now start and you can proceed directly to our next tutorial.

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