Windows only: Make Everything, the already lightning-fast NTFS search tool, even faster by integrating it with support for search parameters into Launchy, the equally as snappy application launcher.
Lifehacker reader David Phillippo discovered Everything while reading our Top 10 Awesome & Tiny Windows Utilities roundup. Already in love with another great Lifehacker suggested-tool Launchy, he quickly set to work integrating the two of them. With the following steps you can enable Everything searches with parameters right from Launchy:
- Create a shortcut to Everything in a place that Launchy will index or modify the existing shortcut in your Start Menu.
- Right click on the shortcut and open the Properties.
- In the “Target” box, after the path to the application add in – search “, with the default Everything installation it should look like “C:Program FilesEverythingEverything.exe” – search “
- Force a rescan in Launchy to detect the new shortcut. Open Launchy, click the gear icon in the upper right corner and then click on the Catalog tab. At the bottom left corner there will be a button labelled rescan. Click it to have Launchy detect your new shortcut.
He notes that he went the shortcut route instead of creating a run command within Launchy because the latter caused some hiccups that weren’t found when it was added as a shortcut. If you use Everything as your primary search tool, you can change the name of the shortcut to something shorter. I changed it, as seen in the screenshot, to Find since I use Everything almost exclusively as my search tool. One caveat, because of the way the User Account Control system functions in Vista and Windows 7 and because Everything needs administrative power every time it runs, you’ll need to deal with the UAC hassle if you want to use this trick. Check out this guide to disable or work around the UAC for help with that. If you have some Launchy magic to share, sound off in the comments below. Great work David!