I hate desktop icons and I hate desktop clutter. A clean computer desktop makes me feel at ease. I’ve long relied on custom toolbars to provide quick access to most used programs but now I have found enlightenment in a open source app called Launchy.
Launchyis a small app that runs hidden, (called by hotkey alt+space by default) that will catalog your start menu, control panel, and bookmarks, so that you can open any item by just typing in what you want. It is like the run command on steroids. You can tell it catalog custom locations and specify file types. I could not love the program more.
Now I just have to train myself to remember to use it. I hope you like.