Find and Run Robot is a program for keyboard maniacs - it helps you rapidly find programs or documents from within the depths of the start menu (or other directories). One keypress launches the utility - then just start typing the first letters of the application you want to launch. As you type the best matches are shown - just hit the number to launch the associated program.
- [MajorFeature] Faster wakeup display from minimized state (see also the StayInMemoryLonger option on General Options tab)
- [Feature] Alias matches now show instantly even when keypress delay option is enabled
- [Bug Fix] When you do not have "stop on exact alias match" checked and an alias was matched, it could show large numbers of results
- [Feature] New install of farr now adds the search directory %PROGRAMFILES64% which will search in the win64 specific program files directory (not just the Program Files (x86) directory); older users should add this directory manually
- [Bug Fix] When launch results had an argument that ended in \ it could mess up launching of them
- [Bug Fix] When the option to show FARR in taskbar when active was set, there was an additional delay before FARR could start accepting characters after unminimizing
- [MinorFeature] Added text in options tabs reminding people to right-click to add/edit/delete items
- [MinorFeature] Added version of appcapappendmemo that doesn't scroll to bottom of memo
Reviewing 2.90 (Sep 10, 2010)
Find and Run Robot is an application I wish I had written myself. I know I'd be proud of it forever. With the Start menu in Win95, Microsoft decided mouse was the optimal interface for launching applications. It took them about 14 years to figure out that that was a bad idea, so in Windows 7 you can now **type** in the Start menu, too. What an idea!
Whether you're on 7, XP or Win95 still, try Find and Run Robot and find out how fast and how smoothly you can launch any shortcut or file in the Start menu, Quick Launch toolbar, or any folders of your own choosing. Start typing the name of what you need, and it'll be there right away.
But unlike most other keyboard-oriented launchers, FARR doesn't just scan for matching filenames. You can type only a part of the name - the ending part is just as good as the beginning. If you misspell the name, FARR will keep up with you as best it can. It will subtly prioritize the applications you start often, placing them higher in the list of results. And it lets you create your own hints about what should be scored higher or lower. If you've ever enjoyed Google's “I'm feeling lucky" button, you'll love FARR, because it figures out what you mean in a similar way.
Then there are the special features: aliases and plugins which extend the base functionality, letting you search not just for shortcuts, but for pretty much everything on your computer or on the net. Some plugins interface FARR with other file finders, such as Locate32 or Everything. Other plugins let you use FARR to launch your browser's bookmarks or use it as a calculator.
Find and Run Robot is one incredibly inventive and versatile application. But if you don’t need all the advanced magic, it’s still a fast and convenient launcher that saves you time with every program you run.
Check out the configuration options, elegant skins... and check out Mouser's how-to videos on donationcoder.com. You will laugh at the pitiful little command box Microsoft belatedly added to the Start menu. Just use FARR.
Reviewing 2.75.01 (Aug 20, 2009)
a freeware program should be full functioning right out of the box. i think the problem here is the category, this should be under shareware me believes. since the author feels bad about rating his own product (he gave it a 5), i will give it a 2 for balance.
Reviewing 2.75.01 (Aug 20, 2009)
Oh FARR, how much time have you saved me? Countless hours of wading through menus to find my documents and program links. While Windows Vista has this functionality kinda built into it, FARR runs circles around it. I am glad to see the author, Mr. Reichler, keeping up with this because I am wondering how it compares to the Windows 7 Search function. Supposedly it's been revamped. I will see when I return from my trip over the water.
Thanks "MOUSEY!", good job!
Reviewing 2.33.01 (Nov 3, 2008)
Fast, highly functional, customizable, and quickly becomes an indispensable tool. Too bad Windows 7 doesn't have this built in; but even if it did, I'd still use this version.
Reviewing 2.27.01 Beta (Jul 29, 2008)
It is the most feature-complete and most advanced launcher out there! It simply rocks! I love it, and even I use only a minor amount of features and plugins it has (because it requires someone to remember the syntax of the commands-plugins) it greatly simplifies computer usage.
Many thanks, mouser!
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