01 June 2010

Restore Quick Launch bar in Windows 7

Windows 7 has upgraded the Quick launch bar into a new taskbar functions as a program launcher as well as task switcher. So the old Quick Launch bar on the left side of the taskbar that contained shortcuts for frequently used programs, has been Vanished. However, if you really intend to regain that functionality, you can add it back.

Here are the steps..

* Right-click the task bar and choose Toolbars --> New Toolbar.

* You'll be asked to select a folder for where the new toolbar should live. In the Folder text box at the bottom of the dialog box, enter this text:

"%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch"

* After you do that, click Select Folder.

* A link for the Quick Launch bar will be added to the taskbar.

* It will be on the right of the taskbar, just to the left of the Notification area.

It's not particularly docked all the way to the right with no application icons showing, so we're going to have to do a bit of work on it to make it useful.

* Right-click the task bar

* In the pop-up menu remove the check next to "Lock the task bar"

* Now right-click Quick Launch and remove the checks next to Show Text and Show Title.

Once you've done it, drag the vertical triple dotted line next to the Quick Launch bar to the left until you expose its icons. To prevent further changes, right-click the taskbar and check Lock the taskbar. You can now use the Quick Launch bar as you could in Windows XP and Vista, including adding icons to it and deleting them.

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