Saturday, October 6, 2012

How To Add Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar in Windows 7

How To Add Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar in Windows 7

By default Quick Launch is disabled in Windows 7.

You should note that the new Windows 7 taskbar allows you to dock items to the taskbar, combining the features of both the normal taskbar as well as the Quick Launch.

Windows 7 with the Quick Launch bar
The above screenshot is the Windows 7 taskbar after changing back to XP/Vista mode, and adding the quick launch bar back.

Adding the Quick Launch Bar Back to Windows 7

To add the toolbar back, right-click on an open area of the taskbar, and choose Toolbars \ New Toolbar from the menu. Also unlock the taskbar at this point.
Windows 7 Taskbar Menu
paste the following path into the location bar:
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

 Windows 7 Add Quick Launch

Make sure that the location bar shows the full path, like the next screenshot, before you choose the “Select Folder” button.

Windows 7 Quick Launch Full Path

You will notice the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar, but it’s all the way over on the right, so you’ll want to click on the dotted lines and then drag the toolbar all the way to the left (which is slightly tricky sometimes). Note that you’ll need to right-click and unlock the taskbar before you can move the toolbar.
Windows 7 Quick Launch on Right

Now it’s over on the left. Adjust the regular taskbar toolbar to be closer to the left; use the dotted lines to drag it over as well.

Windows 7 Quick Launch on Left

Right-click on the dotted lines and uncheck “Show Text” as well as “Show Title” from the menu.

Windows 7 Remove Text from Toolbar

Check the “Lock the taskbar” again.

Windows 7 Quick Launch

So there you have the Quick Launch Bar.

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