I have set launch pad to open by pressing space+command on my mac. The problem is for my use case it is essentially useless except for allowing me to search my installed apps. I do not like it taking up the entire screen at all.
It is not convenient for me having to scan multiple pages and columns/rows to browse my installed apps.
I would like a way to have an almost identical to what I have in windows.
A want a wa yto activate something that shows up as a list that with one click and if I type it searches them in that same list area.
There is an app in the app store called Pmenu that puts a small icon in Menu bar. You define what apps and what Web sites you want included. When you click on the Pmenu icon you get a window that looks like so:
You have one pane for web sites and one for apps. One click will launch the apps you've assigned to Pmenu or to the website. I love it and use it a lot. Makes it simple to go to websites or to launch apps. You can add other panes instead of just web and apps. It opens showing just one pane. I made it show both so you could see them.
There is an app that sits in the menu bar called Xmenu that will give you a dropdown menu with all your apps it also comes with a file manager drop down as well, it is free from Devontechnologies Xmenu and also available from the app store Xmenu it is searchable (first letter) as is the Applications folder in finder