MCL (Mike's Command Line) lets you quickly start programs using the keyboard. You press a hotkey to bring MCL up, type a command, and press enter. The program tucks itself away when you're not using it. It AutoCompletes repeated commands and lets you define macros and custom actions.
MCL is a really cool program. I wrote it for Windows 95, and I'm still using it today.
MCL has many non-obvious features. Please do read the help file.
MCL supports macros which let you run more complicated commands with just a few keystrokes. Here are a couple I use all the time:
|Macro name||Definition||Usage example||Description|
|email@example.com/search?q=&*||g foobar||Google search|
|firstname.lastname@example.org/wiki/Special:Search/&*||wp Microsoft||Look up a term in Wikipedia|
MCL supports plug-ins that allow developers to implement custom actions that can be invoked from the command line. To install these, extract them to the MCL program directory, and see the MCL help file for information about how to load them.
MCL 2.0 Beta 1 Plug-in SDK - contains all the documentation and examples necessary
for developers to write MCL plug-ins.
MCLMacroEx v2.0 (new) - extends MCL's macro capabilities by providing commands
that cause pauses in macro execution, simulate clicks and double-clicks, and simulate
MCLAmp - controls the popular WinAmp music
player from the MCL command line. Source included.
MCLBrowse v1.0a - adds the ability to browse for the program or file to run,
and to browse for the current directory. Source included.
MCLShutdown - shutdown/reboot/logoff the system. Source included.
MCLShell - empty the recycle bin or clear the recent documents menu. Source
MCLDOS by Jean-Francois Messier -
A neat extension that redirects regular DOS DIR commands to a notepad window so
that you can easily view/cut/copy/paste/search etc. The first from a third party!