Launching Dynamics AX using Launchy

December 29, 2009 at 13:18
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There are a few tools I use daily that I really couldn’t live without. One of them is Launchy, by Josh Karlin (

From the website:

Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

And it really does just that. You won’t be using the Start menu anymore once you’ve installed this tool.

You can download it here.

Once you’ve installed it, you will see… nothing, untill you hold Alt and tap Space.
Then you see something like this:

Once you start typing, say “Dynami…”, Launchy searches for programs that match the string you are typing. Tap Enter to launch the program.

You can use Launchy to launch specific AX configurations by creating a folder that contains axc files.

Go to the AX Client Configuration Tool, create your configurations and export them using Manage – Safe configuration file to store them in a folder.

You can setup Launchy to monitor this folder by holding Alt, tapping Space, right clicking on the Launchy window and clicking Options. On the tab Catalog, you should see something like the screenshot below. As you can see, I have already added the folder and the extension axc to the list.

Launchy options screen

Launchy options screen

Now you only need to click the Rescan Catalog button, and you’re set to go.

The end result should be something like this:

You should be able to launch right into any AX application with minimal effort now.
And of course, you can use Launchy to launch any other program as well.

Launchy website:
Inspiration for this post: SmartStart 3000 Central

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  1. Jeroen Doens

    When you create a shortcut of the *.axc file, you can modify the icon to the Ax-icon. It just looks cooler :-)