Or get Linux. For example, I usually type ALT-F2 and type "kate" if I want a text editor. Or CTRL-ALT-/ if I want a terminal. (KDE lets you set up any key combinations to launch any program.)
Of course, you can do this sort of thing anywhere. For example, to start MSVC on my Windows 98 computer I would type the start key, p, m, m, m.