How to add the Quick Launch Toolbar to the Windows 7 taskbar

If you used it a lot in Vista and XP, you might miss the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7 as it’s disabled by default.

However, it’s easy to re-enable it:

Right mouse-click on any space on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and select Toolbars… New Toolbar… as shown here:

New Toolbar selection

In the folder field type (or copy and paste) the following:

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

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

Click Select Folder, and the Quick Launch bar will appear. You can alter the way the Quick Launch bar looks by right-clicking on it and opting to hide/show titles, enlarge/shrink icons, etc.

So, why isn’t there a Quick Launch bar in Windows 7 by default? Because it’s been replaced by more interactive, intelligent Taskbar features that should, in theory, make the Quick Launch bar redundant. That’s the theory anyway…. There’s nothing to stop you having both the old ways and new ways of doing things though.

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