Global-app-launching-hotkey function seems to work as expected :(


#1

EDIT: This is working as designed, although I don’t like the design…I’ll try to live with it for now and hope Listary 6 or so comes with real hotkey launching :frowning:

I was really, really hoping to use Listary to replace Truelaunchbar (which I use current for hotkey launching. It works perfectly!).
For example:
ALT+ C - Launches chrome
ALT + CTRL + 1 - Launches 1Password.

I can hit these keystrokes anywhere (desktop, explorer, administrator-run windows, non-admin windows) and TrueLaunchBar launches it without fail. It even supercedes the hotkeys of other apps, which is a huge bonus.

As I am finding out “Actions” is not at all this feature. Assignin a hotkey in a custom-action apparently only works while the name is in the list. This is very, very disappointing as this is probably the most glaring omission in Listary as a productivity tool .

Then there’s the Menus > Favorite feature.

Pressing ALT+C does nothing EXCEPT in a windows explorer folder. On the desktop, no. On a run-as-admined app - no. On a non-admin app. NO. :frowning:

if this is true, this is a dealbreaker for Listary. Basic hotkey launching without any window open is probably one of the most critical productivity tools available, so I am baffled I’m not able to make it work in Listary.

I have a very strong feeling this has to do with admin priveledges. I am using the latest Listary, portable, and the service does indeed ask to be run as admin on startup.

Another huge negative is that Desktop and/or Windows Explorer have to be checked in order for this to work, which means if you want global hotkeys, you’re SOL without it. :frowning: :frowning: :frowning:

Help?


#2

I do this with AHK.

Also a workaround for Listary:

  1. Add application in Menus => Favorite and set a hot key.

  2. To launch the application, press Win + S (or Ctrl twice if this is checked), then press the hot key.

Although a hot key for application set in Listary doesn’t work everywhere, the hot key for Listary itself does.


#3

Hi DamondbacK
Thank you for the response. Can you explain exactly what you doing with AHK?

I think I understand now. I think this is now a feature request. I want to Listary to be able to launch hotkeys without opening it, in any window. It’s current impelementation is confusing to understand at first.

I am going to give Listary an honest shot though. Try to adjust my workflow to go with Listary’s functions.


#4

Run a AHK script which contains lines like

!c::Run Path\To\Chrome.exe
!^1::Run Path\To\1Password.exe
!^Numpad1::Run Path\To\1Password.exe ;This is for 1 on the numeric keypad

Now you can press ALT + C to launch chrome and Alt + Ctrl + 1 to launch 1Password anywhere.


#5

So this is an independent script / compiled EXE run outside of Listary correct?
How do you find the names of the specific keyboard keys?

Am I alone in thinking Listary Pro should have this kind of functionality?


#6

Yes, AHK script is run by AutoHotkey, a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software. Its perfect document explains everything including the hotkeys.

It may be better if Listary provided this kind of functionality, but I would prefer AutoHotkey cuz it’s specialized in this and more other kinds of tasks.


#7

OK thank you DiamondBack


#8

If you like AutoHotkey but want a more comfortable way to configure it you can have a look at http://fastkeys.vze.com/ . It allows you to use all the AutoHotkey features but functions like mapping keys to start applications is super easy. (The downside is it costs 10$).