FastRun. User Manual

Author: A. Titov


FastRun Windows desktop tool for running applications, opening files, folders and urls by typing part of their name.

Folders are opened by Total Commander by default, but can also be opened by Explorer.

The main window of program can be displayed at any moment by pressing hot key (~).

The main window uses periodically changed background pictures from images folder (GIF, JPG formats are supported).

The program doesnt try to automatically add any paths. You must do it yourself. Main purpose is an exact and really fast load: when you type, for example, de then you are sure what path will be on the top of suggested list (on the second place, third, etc). So in most cases you must not be delayed by observing the list. Of course, at first you need to configure the priorities of paths and remember them quite well. It can be done step-by-step while working with program.

A restriction is that 32bit color quality must be used.

1.    Install

For install you only need to unpack distribute. Program will be ready to work.

2.    Base use

After the load of program the main window will be hidden. It may be displayed by pressing ` (~) key.

If you use program then when you need to type ` or ~ symbol press key ~ while holding key 1.

So after pressing ~ the main window will be displayed and you can input the mask of search.

At first start it may be that there are no paths to search by mask. So you will need to input the full path to some file or folder. Type e:\. In the list below you will see the content of dist E. Symbol ; will be treated as :.

In order to go to target file or folder press down arrow by several times. The first ten paths are numbered so you can press corresponding number key to go to target path.

Target path is marked. If no paths are marked then the top path is assumed as marked.

Now you can press Enter or Shift for opening file or folder. By pressing Enter the string from edit box (area with black background) will be processed. By pressing Shift the current marked string will be processed. Sometimes these string are equal and sometimes are not so.

Folders are opened by Total Commander by default (see below).

In the case of folder you can also press TAB to list the content of this folder and for subsequent search in it.

While listing folders content if target file or folder doesnt appear in list then you may additionally type its mask, ex: e:\base\comma. Comma is the mask to search in e:\base directory. You dont need to press TAB before typing comma.

After the first opening of file or folder its path will be added to path list (stored in file runstr.txt). Further you can type files or folders name and see the full path to this file (folder) in the list below.

For closing window press Esc.

3.    More fast running

You dont always need to mark path and then run it. If you want to run the first path in list then simply press Shift. If you want to run second, third, .. path then press corresponding number key while holding right Ctrl.

4.    Working with Total Commander

If total commander (TC) is not started then program will attempt to start it from

c:\Program Files\Total Commander\TOTALCMD.EXE

Otherwise program will simply open the specified folder in already started TC (more reliable way). Right shift folder will be opened in right panel, left shift left panel. Commander window will be automaticly activated and choosen panel will be automaticly activated. This function may depent on current layout configuration of TC. If you have some problems when I recommend to be based on the following configuration:

Program was tested for TC 6.55, TC Ultima Prime 3.0 (TC 7.01).

5.    Opening folders in Explorer

For opening folder in Explorer mark target path then press Right Shift + Left Ctrl.

6.    Easy adding paths

In Total Commander move cursor (not mouse, by arrows) to target file (folder) then press F9. The full path to file will be added to path list. This function may depent on current layout configuration of TC.

In Explorer move cursor (not mouse, by arrows) to target file (folder) then press F9. The full path to file will be added to path list.

7.    Running applications with parameters

You may specify an application before opening some file. The file will be opened by the specified application.

At first you must specify application.

Then press F1. List will be resetted. Now you must specify parameter to program - folder.

After pressing Shift or Enter specified folder will be opened by Explorer.

Similarly you can open files by other programs, tags or something else. The parameter to program will be always quoted.

8.    Priorities of paths

Priority defines the position of found path in list.

If you want to search some file or folder (its full path) then you should type the beginning of its name in order to increase the priority of found path. Similarly for WEB addresses. In general: you should type the part of full path which goes after slash, back slash, space or dot (found path will have good match). If the typed mask is found in any other part of path then path will be displayed at the end of list (named any match).

Ex: path c:\total commander will have good match if the mask is total or comma. It will have any match if the mask is tal or mander.

You cannot force paths with any match be higher then paths with good match.

With the restriction of above rule priorities are defined by the positions of paths in file runstr.txt. For changing priorities you can directly modify file runstr.txt by moving paths or use one of the following methods.

To change the priority of some path you must type the mask so that the path would appear in the list below (with good match). Then go to this path (so it will be marked). To increase priority press up arrow while holding Ctrl, and you will see that the position of string has changed. To reduce priority press down arrow.

Similarly you can set the highest priority for some path by pressing Ctrl + T while it is marked.

If you want to find the following path

by typing fastrun, then you should add comments after comma:, fastrun

In comments fastrun goes after space so the path will have good match. Otherwise the path would have any match and have lower priority than the other paths containing fastrun.


You can add comment to some path, after comma, for example:, web search

Now you can type search and will be displayed in list. The part of name after comma will be cut before running.

10.          Last used paths

After activating the main window the program displays the list of last used paths (no more then 4). A path may be run by pressing corresponding number key and subsequent pressing Enter or Shift.

11.          Copying paths

If you want to copy some path to clipboard then mark it and press Esc.

If you works with standard Save (Save as) dialog then activate program (press ~), mark some directory.


Press Esc.


Directory will be added to the name of file from Save As dialog.

12.          Removing dead paths

When program starts it will remove from the path list all paths which dont reference to any file or folder. If some path doesnt contain spaces, slashes and back slashes then such path will not be examined, so it will stay in the list.

Be careful when using paths which reference to files on removable disks since program will attempt to find them.

13.          Deleting paths

To delete some path mark the path in list and press Ctrl + D.

14.          Additional useful functions

F3 change background picture,

F2 remove last part after slash from currently edited path.

15.          Displaying info

When the main window is displayed then press Ctrl+H to watch the info about program.

16.          For russian users

You can type a mask by english (while english keyboard layout is active), but the corresponding mask on russian will be also processed (as though russian layout was active). So you may not change the keyboard layout before typing.