I use the Weby extension for Launchy to do custom searches. I should be able to search Gmail like this


using this search definition

Mail   http://mail.google.com/a/caudillweb.com/#search/%1

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but the forward slash following #search gets rewritten to a backslash, so the URL that is sent to the browser is


Gmail doesn't like the backslash, so it considers the URL invalid and redirects to #inbox.

Any ideas how I can stop Launchy (or Weby) from reversing that forward slash?


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Perhaps I'm on a different version of Launchy/Weby, but when I configured mine I used the following settings and they worked great:

Name: mail
URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/
Query: #search/%s

Maybe the use of %1 threw it off?

  • I think maybe you're using an older version? Mine is 2.5, and as you can see in the screenshot that I just added, there's only a Name column and a URL column. Aug 26, 2010 at 1:36
  • Ah, correct. I'm still on 2.1.2.
    – Agent_9191
    Aug 26, 2010 at 16:15

I solved a similar problem using Launchy 2.5.0 by replacing the # with %23.

For instance, when searching contacts, this URL string for searching Google contacts passed through Launchy without exhibiting the bug:


Perhaps this can help with your example above.

That said, I just use this search term instead for Gmail:


This does not exhibit the bug nor have the %23 hack.

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