Launch Apps in a Flash with Windows-Key ShortcutA little-known toolbar trick lets you run your favorite apps without ever taking your hands off the keyboard.
So help me, I'll always be a fan of Windows' Quick Launch toolbar. Yesterday I showed you how to do endow it with a handy Windows Explorer icon, and before that you learned how to switch to big, Windows 7-style icons.
Today, one last Quick Launch tip--one that's sure to appeal to keyboard-shortcut nuts like me. Once you've enabled the Quick Launch toolbar, a single click of any icon is all to takes to launch that program. But did you know that each icon is automatically assigned a number and corresponding Windows-key shortcut?
For example, the first icon in the toolbar (the one closest to the Start button) is linked to '1.' So by pressing Windows-1, you can launch that program right from your keyboard. Pressing Windows-2 is like clicking the second icon, and so on.
This tip works for icons 1-9. If you already have Quick Launch enabled, give it a try? If not, see either of the aforementioned tips to find out how to do so. Meanwhile, don't miss one of my favorite posts: Three Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Learn Right Now.