How To: Enable Quick Launch Toolbar In Windows 7
You know that Quick Launch Bar is no longer available in Microsoft’s new operating system, 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.But some users may find that they really need the Quick Launch bar back like it was in Windows Vista and XP. Windows 7 doesn’t give you any instant way to bring it back, but it is still possible.Because Microsoft has not yet completely removed the Quick Launch Bar yet, instead the Quick Launch Toolbar has been disabled and hidden by default.
Getting the Quick Launch Toolbar back on Windows 7 is very easy.
- First, right-click on the taskbar and turn off “Lock the Taskbar.”
- Right-click the taskbar, hover over Toolbars, and select New Toolbar.
- When it asks you to select a folder, enter this string: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
- Find Quick Launch (it may be on the right side of the taskbar), right-click the divider and disable “Show Text” and “Show Title.” Make sure “Small Icons” is enabled.
- Drag the divider to rearrange Quick Launch on your taskbar (using left-click).
- Right-click and lock your toolbar again.
The advantage to having the Quick Launch bar back is that you can put the programs there that you use less often (but still want them one click away) and use small icons, giving you much more space than if you pinned all of them to the main taskbar.