Where’s the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7?

You must have known that the Quick Launch bar has been missing from Windows 7. The XP applet was used to launch programs easily and quickly. However, the Windows 7 taskbar allows you to dock programs and use as a program launcher as well as task switcher. Follow the tutorial to enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7.

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The quick launch bar can be established on Windows 7 and can be used to launch the programs. Follow the steps below to achieve this.

Adding the Quick Launch Bar Back to Windows 7

  • Firstly, make sure to unlock the taskbar
  • Right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar

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  • Select a folder where the new toolbar should live
  • At the bottom of the dialog box in the Folder text box, enter %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

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  • Next, click Select Folder. This will link the Quick Launch bar to be added to the taskbar. You can see it on the right of the taskbar, just left of the Notification area.
  • The launch bar is useless if you are unable to launch the programs from application icon. To make it useful, just right-click on the taskbar. In the pop-up menu, remove the check next to Lock the taskbar
  • Now right-click Quick Launch and remove the checks next to Show Text and Show Title.
  • Upon completion, drag the vertical triple dotted line next to the Quick Launch bar to the left until you expose its icons. To prevent any further changes, right-click on the taskbar and check Lock the taskbar.

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Now you will be able to see the Quick Launch bar in the same manner as in Windows XP and Vista, including the added icons to it and removing them.

Upon following the above steps you can easily enable the quick launch bar in your Windows 7 computer and quickly launch programs and access them easily.


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