A nice program to start applications is Launchy. It is almost like the start field in Vista, except this is a standalone program. I recommend the Putty plugin to Launchy. With this, it has never been easier to start a new ssh session. Just press Alt-Space to start Launcy and then enter "ssh" to enable the putty plugin. After that enter a saved Putty session or a IP-number or host to connect to a new ssh server.
This is how it looks like. Launch can start almost all your programs (and with parameters)!