There are quite a few good launcher utilities out there that can make a great addition to your productivity arsenal. Gnome Do is probably the most popular, but if you are looking for something less flashy and more streamlined, try Launchy.
This unobtrusive tool can help you to quickly launch applications and open URLs, directories, and documents using keyboard shortcuts. In addition to that, Launchy sports a couple of plugins which add a few nifty tricks to the launcher.
Installing Launchy on your system is easy. Once installed, Launchy can be evoked using the default Alt+Space keyboard shortcut (it can be changed in the Options dialog). Since Launchy automatically indexes all application directories, you can use the utility to launch applications right away. Start typing the name of the application you want to launch, and Launchy shows a list of matching entries. The icon window also displays the best matching application; to launch it, simply press Enter.
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