The somewhat unimpressive input field in the Vista start menu yields great power, but it can be extended even more. A small program called Start++ from Brandon Paddock extends the start menu with powerful, customizable extensions called Startlets.
- Perform a web search
- Look-up something Wikipedia or Dictionary.com
- Play all music matching certain keywords, or by a particular artist
- Send an e-mail to a specific contact
- “sudo” – Run a command as an Administrator
Start++ is expandable through Startlets in the form of Commands or Gadgets. Yes, you get it for free, but since it’s CareWare, you might consider a donation.
February 24, 2008
WOW, it is even better than Launchy. Nice integration with Vista!