Windows users can make use of a few different ways of launching programs, opening files and folders or commands in their operating system. This ranges from using the start menu or desktop shortcuts to hotkeys. Advanced users rely on programs like Launchy to perform these operations. JumpTo is another lightweight and very speedy launcher for the Windows operating system. The software program is highly configurable and easily accessible through mouse and keyboard shortcuts.
JumpTo comes as a portable version and as an installer to suit the needs of different kinds of users. Probably the easiest way to display the menu of the launcher is to press the right and then the left mouse button. This will open the menu with options to start applications, open files, folders, links, add notes and to start commands.
The application uses four default folders named folders, files, programs and links which can be filled with content easily. The names of these default folders can be changed in the program's settings with the possibility to add new folders as well. These folders are helpful to distinguish different kinds of actions. It is on the other hand possible to place a program link into the folders folder.
New items can be added by clicking on the Add Item link that is available in every folder in the launcher. The settings are the other way of adding new items to the launcher. Only one item can be added at a time. This could be problematic for users who want to add a lot of items to the launcher. The developer should consider an option to add multiple items at once automatically with options to edit them later (use the file name as the name for the time being until it is edited by the user).
So called memos can be added to the program. Memos are notes which makes the program a simple note taking application as well. Other features include formatting text in the clipboard, adding the current date and time to the clipboard for further processing or launching a run box.
JumpTo has a small footprint. It uses less than 4 Megabytes of computer memory while running which is great for low end systems who have troubles running application launchers like Launchy. The performance is great with the menu displaying instantly after launching it with one of the possible methods. Users who want to try out JumpTo can visit the developer's website. There they find download links and a video that is demonstrating most of the features of the excellent launcher.
Update: JumpTo is no longer available. An alternative is Launchy, a flexible fast program launcher.Advertisement
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