On my previous Windows XP laptop, I made extensive use of the "Windows Search Deskbar" and specifically the shortcuts you could define in an ini file. Essentially, you could associate a path/URL/search string etc with a keyword. You could then type the keyword into the Windows Search Deskbar and it would execute the associated command.
By way of example, here are a few example shortcuts from my ini file...
ping=cmd /k ping http://www.google.com
wb=C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Workbench 5.2 CE\MySQLWorkbench.exe
Example usage (i.e. by typing keyword in Windows Search Deskbar) and effect...
chrome superuser.com-> opened URL in Google Chrome
ping-> pinged the specified URL from the command-line
dict frustration-> launched dictionary site in Chrome showing definition of "frustration"
map SW1A 0AA-> launched Google Maps in Chrome showing location of UK postcode
wb-> launch MySQL Workbench application
These deskbar shortcuts I setup were a swift means of getting around my computer and launching websites efficiently. Is this facility available in Windows 7? If not, is there an equivalent (preferably without installing any third-party software)?