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Speed up Common Tasks with Launchy

May 02, 2009, 15:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

[ Thanks to Dmitri Popov for this link. ]

"Thanks to the bundled plugins, you can use Launchy for other tasks as well. For example, the Weby plugin allows you to perform Web searches, look up words in online references, and open email addresses. For example, to look up a word in Wikipedia, type Wikipedia, press Tab, enter the word, and press Enter. The best part is that you can easily specify your own queries. To do this, right-click on Launchy's interface and choose Options, switch to the Plugins sections, and select the Weby plugin in the Available plugins pane. In the right pane, you should see a list of the predefined queries. Let's say you want to be able to look up words using the WordNet reference. First of all, you have to perform a search in it and note the resulting URL. For example, the search for the word "monkey" has the following URL: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=monkey. Switch back to the Options window, and press the Plus button to add a new entry in the list of available queries. Type "Wordnet" in the Name field (this is going to be the keyword that evokes the query), and http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/ in the URL field. Type then the perl/webwn?s=%s string in the Query field. The %s string in the query acts as a variable which is replaced with an actual search term. That's it, your query is ready to go."

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