Reader Justin writes in with a clever idea for quickly launching downloads with the popular command-line download manager, wget. His method: Make wget available to Launchy, then pass the URL of the file you want to download to wget through Launchy. Here's how it works:
- Install Launchy.
- Download wget and copy the files from the unzipped folder to
- Create a shortcut to
C:\Windows/wget.exeand rename it
- Place that shortcut in your Start menu. To configure wget to start minimised, right-click the shortcut, select Properties, and tick the checkbox next to Run minimized.
- Finally, to set the download directory, set the working directory (Start in) to your download folder of choice.
- Now simply rebuild your Launchy index, and voila!
To download a file with wget, just invoke Launchy, type 'dl' (though I actually stuck with wget), hit Tab, then paste the link. It works great, and it's a really handy shortcut if you want to start a quick download. If the command line isn't your cup of tea but you wouldn't mind a little more flexibility with your downloads, take a quick look at the Hive Five Best Download Managers. Thanks Justin!