A launcher application.
These let you type in the name of the program you want to run instead of going through a menu/list.
Launchy: The Open Source Keystroke Launcher
I configure it to run on login, and my hotkey is
2016-10-14 - 2.6B2 on Windows 10 64bit
- When configured with the appropriate directories to catalog, it doesn't seem to actually work properly, at least for some software. Inexcusable.