I'm looking for a Windows software that would allow me to link keywords with files so that when I would press a key combination and enter that keyword, the file would be opened.

One keyword leads to one file but multiple keywords could lead to the same file. (Support for folders is optional.)

For example, if I link in the tool the keyword "ff" to the file Firefox.exe. Let's say when I press ctrl + Spacebar I trigger the tool so now if I type "ff" and press Enter, Firefox will open.

I know there is a Windows software for that but I'm unable to find it again.

Does anyone know the name of this software or any equivalent one?

  • So a particular keyword can only be used 1 time? And a particular file could have many associated keywords? // Only for files or also for folders?
    – unor
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 12:18
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    Yes, one keyword leads to one file but multiple keywords could lead to the same file. I only thought about opening files but if it does open folders it could be usefull too.
    – Padrus
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 12:22
  • Thanks for all the answers, I will try everything and keep you posted about my experience.
    – Padrus
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 8:39

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I think you are looking for Executor. It is a launcher application for Windows that also supports keywords for different tasks. You can use it to link folders as well.

Another alternative is Launchy. It doesn't support custom keywords, but it can figure out what you mean: typing "ff" will suggest "FireFox"

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    After testing all the solutions, I chose Executor, it does exactly what I wanted and much more as it supports keywords but also indexed application and that is really handy.
    – Padrus
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 12:48

You use AutoHotkey (Free, open-source, Windows) with hotstrings, e.g.:

Run firefox.exe, C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox, max

will open Firefox when you type ff.

In the hotstring, * (asterisk) indicates that an ending character (e.g. space, period, or enter) is not required to trigger the hotstring.

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    So if you write words like "fluffy" in some document, you have to get rid of the FF window in front of it to continue writing? o_O LOL Define a few more and have ff <Alt-F4>un :D
    – Izzy
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 15:37
  • @Izzy Up to the OP to choose the best combination, hotstrings allow you to define pretty much anything, e.g. requiring to press enter after ff :) Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 15:44
  • Thought so. Sorry for the joke, but your example somehow provoked it ;)
    – Izzy
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 16:32
  • @Izzy Yeah I quickly removed the shortcut from my AHK script :) Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 16:37
  • I finally chose to use Executor as it is easier to use and more complete but your proposition was interesting, thanks.
    – Padrus
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 12:50

Use GNU Emacs with bookmarks.

A quick key sequence (as short as one key, if you like) prompts you for the bookmark name, which can be anything you like.

If you use Emacs library Bookmark+ then you can tag a bookmark with any number of arbitrary tags (any number of any characters). You can jump to bookmarks according to a set of tags they have, and so on.

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