How do you start your programs? Let I tell you: it depends of kind of program do you want to start. In most cases you press 'Start' button on screen or 'Windows' key on keyboard and open a start menu. Some users (such as me) have tons on software installed on PC and this menu is so overfilled that user has to spend some minutes to hunt through it to launch some program that used not very often to remember where it is hidden.
Another way is to open folder containing you files in Explorer and double click on some file to open program associated with it. If you want to open some address on the Web you have to open browser first. Of course you may create shortcuts on your programs, files or Web addresses on Desktop or Quick Start menu but you have to choose first which programs or documents you use more often to setup shortcuts for them. It is not as easy as it looks.
Is it another way to greatly simplify and speed-up opening documents, Web addresses and launching programs? Yes, it is free software called Launchy.
Simply press Alt+Space combination and program window appears where you can type a part of program's or document's name. Launchy tries to guess which program or file you are looking for and will launch it when you press enter key. It is worth to try - I am sure you will like it.
Just watch a video on YouTube how Launchy works.