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« on: January 14, 2006, 03:49:31 PM »

Might be easier to set up with FaRR?
But for the idea behind, check out "Wis Shortcuts" at http://www.wis.no/freeware.htm

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Extract from the ReadMe:
<snip>
INFO
I've been "preaching" for my shortcuts to everyone who would lend me an ear.
So if you are reading this without me bending your arm behind your back I'm very happy:-)
And if you have any hint, suggestions or improvements I would be very happy to hear from you.

Approx 3 years ago I found the description of how to execute shortcuts by adding their path
to the Path system variable.(Main idea taken from http://www.virtualplastic...tml/misc_cut.html#special)
Since then I have collected over 260 shortcuts!
Most of them very special and only useful for me, but here I have extracted the most useful one
and the ones that are most portable to other computers.
The highlights of my shortcuts:
gt <search term> - Google This; Opens google searching for <search term>
ggt <search term> - Groups Google This, same as above but opens groups.google.com
go (clipboard) - Runs what ever you have in clipboard. Example: Copy an url to clipboard and
   win-r go and you will open Internet Explorer at the url in your clipboard
   Example 2: If you have the full path to an excel document, then just win-R go to open the
   document.
ie <url> - opens Internet Explorer at the given url
lex <search term> - Opens wikipedia searching for <search term>
pf - opens Program Files folder
rj (clipboard) - Opens regedit with focus on the reg-key in clipboard

In the package I have added a few of my everyday tools, all(as far as I know) is freeware.
The tools is not my creation and if you find that they should not be in the package let me know
and I'll remove them.(Later I might add credit and reference to the respective homepages...)
I guess some of the tools will be outdated in a few months(especialy the sysinternals tools
that is updated regularly) and I strongly advise you to update the tools every now and then.


HOW IT WORKS
It works by adding the path to where the shortcuts are to the system path variable.
The system path variable tells the system where to look for programs that you try to run from
Win-R or Command Prompt


HINTS
- If you can't remember the shortcut just Win-R find google  => you will get a list of shortcuts
  that contains the word google.
- To create new shortcuts right click the exe/shortcut/folder and choose "Send To" - "Wis Shortcuts"
  You will then be asked for Name and Description.
- If you want a kickstart in using the shortcuts I recommends that you hide your Quick launch
  icons and print the Win-R hlp page.
- Create a shortcut to Shortcut\Tools\RemoveClipboardFormatting.exe on your desktop and set the
  "Shortcut Key" to CTRL-ALT-V. Then if you want to copy the full path of a file, all you have to
  do is mark the file in Explorer, press CTRL-C(copy) and CTRL-ALT-V to paste the filename with
  full path.
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2006, 05:13:02 PM »

Whoa...Those are a hole lot of shotcuts! cheesy
I didn't install them,bt just had a look at some of them and it seems quite interesting.
Do you use them? Do you find them to be useful?
Do you use farr? I mean,i think most of the commands in those shortcuts can be done with farr and autohotkey (if you don't know it,you should: Autohotkey -> it's sort of the official scripting language of donationcoder Wink)
The great advantage about these shortcuts are that they have already been done by someone cheesy
But the by description you gave,i think that it's unusefull if you use farr as your launcher,because the aliases in farr allow you to search google,imdb,etc,run programs,lower the computer's volume,open urls,etc...And when associated with some ahk scripting...Well,the sky is the limit Wink
Anyways,could you give some more examples on what the shortcuts do? (the readme doesn't go much further that your quote did..)
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2006, 06:42:09 PM »

Yes, I have tried Farr and it's by far the best launcher I have tried, but I must be missing something.
How do I get Farr to accept commandline parameters?
Like if I would like to search google for "find and run robot" I'll win-r gt find and run robot
Tried to add my shortcuts to farr, but I have not found any way to make it accept parameters...

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006, 08:03:26 PM »

ovehal,
group aliases in f+r can do this, check out this thread for some samples:
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1202.0
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2006, 06:15:51 AM »

Hmm, it turned out I didn't have the latest version with group aliases....

Have imported the alias2.ini file and tried it a little and I find it a bit over the top for my needs.
(Not that my vbscripts is less geeky:))

When I do a search on the web I almost allways use google, so the extra step by choosing from the result list is for my part unwanted.
If I for a change wanted to use alltheweb instead I probably make an atw shortcut...

Here is the list of shortcuts and a brief explanation(taken from win-r hlp)
The remaining 200 or so shortcuts is for my use only or in norwegian(lookup norwegian phonenumbers etc)
One of the most used one is the "e" shortcut.
Example:
Shortcut "is" opens one of my access applications.
Shortcut "e is" opens explorer with root on the folder of the access application

<snip>
ar        - Sysinternals Autoruns - Shows what programs that runs at startup
c         - Calculator
cf        - Removes formatting form clipboard/Pastes full path of copied file
cls       - Clear Screen(Show desktop)
cm        - Computer management
copymsgbox- Tool that lets you copy text out of messageboxes(Opens in systray)
cp        - Opens Control Panel
dat       - Tool to open those pesky .dat attachments. (Copy full path to clipboard before running dat)
dc        - Disconnecter terminal session
dic       - Lookup word in dictionary: dic intermitted
dq        - Deqoute - adds/removes qoutes in delphi code
e         - Opens folder in shortcuts Start in field. Example: e ts
ev        - Event viewer
eventid   - Opens IE with EventId.net
f         - Finds ShortCuts based on description in the comments field on the shortcut
FileExt   - Lookup Fileextentions. Example: FileExt vbs
fnd       - Finds ShortCuts based on description in the comments field on the shortcut
ggt       - Groups Google This; Run: ggt searchword1 searchword2 ... To searhc in Google groups(Usenet)
ggta      - Groups Google This Access-groups
gmc       - Gmail compose
go        - Opens IE with URL in Clipboard
gt        - Google This; Run: gt searchword1 searchword2 ... to search in google
h         - Lists all shortcuts with their description
h2t       - Changes Clipboard HTML to TXT
hhtml     - HTML helpfile
hlp       - Lists all shortcuts with their description
hosts     - Edit host-file
hsql      - SQL Helpfile
hvbscript - VBScript helpfile
hwsh      - Helpfile for windows scripting host(wsh, vbs)
ie        - Opens internet explorer with given URL. Example: ie vg.no
iyt       - www.itsyourturn.com - Playing chess?
lex       - Wikipedia - free but very good lexicon
lo        - Log off
mag       - Opens Maginfier
md        - Explorer rooted in My Documents
msp       - Opens MS Paint
new       - Explorer rooted in this folder to make it easy to add new shortcuts
np        - Metapad  an excellent notepad replacement
ns        - net send message to user: ns 
o         - Opens folder in shortcuts Start in field. Example: o ts
odbc      - Opens Data Sources(ODBC)
pf        - Explorer rooted on Program Files
ps        - Process explorer from sysinternals a superior Task Manager
pwd       - Excellent password database
r         - Regedit registry
rc        - Run clipboard - Run command/Open path that is stored in clipboard
rd        - Remote Desktop Connection TS terminal server
rft       - Register filetype in XP
rj        - Registry Jump - Copy path to clipboard and run rj
scn       - ShellCity.net
serv      - Start and stop services.
ss        - ZDNet Downloads(former softseek)
td        - Copies diff between to times to clipboard
tdd       - Shows diff between times: tdd 845 950 1100 1234
tlf       - Search in norwegian white pages: tlf Ove Halseth
ts        - Remote Desktop Connection TS terminal server
tss       - Lager hotspot til nĂ¥værende TS session oppe i venstre hjørne
url       - Starts IE with shortcut found in URL folder in Favorites\Links
wis       - Lookup word in dictionary: dic intermitted
wp        - Wordpad
zipoff    - Turn off XP's search in zip-folders
zipon     - Turn on XP's search in zip-folders
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Ove B-)
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2006, 07:00:28 AM »

so the extra step by choosing from the result list is for my part unwanted.

there are 2 options you might be interested in with f+r that control how enter is treated - they can reduce your keystrokes when using aliases:


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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2006, 10:40:29 AM »

Hum..That's a nice collection of shotcuts you have there,ovehal!  thumbs up
But IMHO,those are too much for me.As mouser mentioned,if you mostly use those shortcuts do launch google searches,and urls,you might try checking the "Always launch first result on hitting enter" option,and changing the google alias to ggt,you'd have a result very similar to that of the wis shortcuts. But i sure agree that installing the shortcuts is a much easier way then setting them all up in farr Wink
(just curiosity: do you use all those shortcuts? do you remember them or use hlp?)
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2006, 02:01:29 PM »

I tried the "launch first result on hitting enter" And it does the trick:-)
But I'm a sysadmin and find it a bit less intrusive to put my shortcuts on customers computers than installing FaRR.
And besides I find vb-script a bit more understandable than regexp...

What I'd love to find is a (non intrusive:-)) run box extender/replacer that keeps a better histrory than ms' run box.

I'm using my shortcuts always. I have minimal of icons on my desktop. No quicklaunch. And I get the itches when people wades thru their startmenue:-)

I would guess that I'd have to look up about 10-15% of my 260 shortcuts. I find it very easy to remember since I tend to use first letter in each word: cp-control panel, ev-event viewer, md-my documents, pf-program files. I've got tons of terminalserver shortcuts. I would guess that I use my shortcuts to launch my applications in 95% of the time.
I find that command line parameters and clipboard manipulating makes it very useful.

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2006, 02:29:13 PM »

By non-intrusive,i assume you mean by not having install,right?
(sorry,I'm not English :S)
If so,i use this small program: typeandrun,witch acts as part of my launcher (only for the most used apps,for everything else,i use farr) and as my run/ cmd / explorer bar.
Also,in combination with autohotkey, (sorry for repeating myself,but i think you really should check this,because you can create your own scripts,compile them,and use them from a pen in any computer,becoming that computer very similar to your own),i don't use start button (my shell doesn't even have one) nor desktop icons (my shell doesn't have them to Wink).

Oh,and i forgot,i think farr has no installation..You can only extract it to a folder,and use it,as do all the apps referred in this post.
(but i must agree with you,i didn't yet get the hang on the regex,i still don't use much aliases,still waiting on a good thread on that)

You sure have a mammoth memory..250 shotcuts are a lot of letters Wink
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