Windows Desktop Shortcut Hotkeys
Ya know... it always surprised me how many people don't know that if you go to the properties of a shortcut on your desktop within windows, that the shortcut blank actually does something. just press a key there and it will be automatically mapped to control alt [key]. Then, whenever your desktop has your 'focus' (you've clicked on it), you just press your little control alt [key] combo to launch the program quickly.
I know, i know... you can just click on it. But damn it, it's just a little faster.