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How to Add Quick Launch to Windows 7 Task Bar

If you have used windows 7 for some quite some time, you may think it has no task bar unlike the other of its versions such as Windows XP or Vista. I downloaded Windows 7 beta and quickly noticed the task bar was missing, but as I soon realized it really was available, the only thing is, it is just hidden! The problem is, with the shift of the styling of the task bar to its new icons, Microsoft overlooked the need for Quick Launch. But you don’t need to worry about, it is a relatively thing to do and in no time, your Quick Launch Buttons will be availed on your Windows 7 task bar.

To begin the procedure,

  • Just right click on the task bar, access the “Toolbars” tab and then go to the “New Toolbar” and click to open it.
  • Once you are in the New Tool bar, to create the Quick Launch tab readily do the following: In the folder text area, write %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. After you have entered the above instructions, simply press Enter and immediately, you will notice that the Quick Launch bar will be added on the right part of the task bar.
  • After you have created the Quick Launch tab on the right side of the task bar, you have to unlock it and this you by doing the following: Simple right click on the task bar again and on the “Lock the taskbar” tab, uncheck the box besides it. You will immediately notice that your task bar has added a vertical line towards the left part.
  • You have created the taskbar, unlocked it and now what you need to do is simple. Just drag the vertical line you just created in the third step and put it in the far left side of the task bar. Put the line as far on the right as you possible can.
  • After you feel the line is as far as it should possible go, simply click on the “Quick Launch” option and be sure to uncheck the box next to the tab “Show text” and “Show title”

Voila! Here it is!

You have just created successfully your new quick launch option on your Windows 7 task bar. It is that simple a procedure. Microsoft did modify the toolbar of its Windows 7 to allow the addition of some new features that personally I find rather cool and interesting to use. But hiding the Quick Launch option kind of left me guessing and totally unaware it had been hidden.


The good thing is, the Windows 7 operating system gives you the additionally features the task bar was modified for but still allows you to add the Quick Launch option and still add it to your task bar.

Quickly and easily enable your Quick Launch to your Windows 7 task bar using the above given instructions. Its hiding makes it exotic and relatively mystic, adding to the overall feel of using the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7.

Pin or Quick Launch programs in Windows 7

The beauty of Window 7 is that it combines the best quality features from previous versions of Windows, and made it elegant and presentable at the same time user friendly.  By pinning your favourite programs or applications to your taskbar, you eliminate the time wasted on launching the programs by going to the program menu, but it is easily launched with a matter of a single click right from the task bar. Pinning or Quick Launching lets you have your application icon attached to the taskbar.

Pin it

In two easy steps you can add the program icon to your taskbar. Firstly launch any program that you use most frequently. Once the program is open the icon automatically appears on the taskbar, right click on the icon and select the second option from top “Pin this program to taskbar”. This will permanently attach the program icon onto your taskbar, until you decide to unpin it. Even after you quit the program the icon will continue to stay on the taskbar; even after you restart the computer you will see the program. Next onwards you can just click on the icon to launch the program.  To unpin the program icon from the taskbar, simply right click on the icon and select “Unpin this program from taskbar” this will remove the icon from permanently displayed.

Enable Quick Launch first

Quick Launch unlike pinning is an option to have your programs displayed as list.  By default the Quick Launch is disabled in Windows 7; unlike pinning the program.. Follow the following steps to enable the function:

  • Start by right clicking on an empty space on the taskbar, select Toolbars on the pop-up menu and choose the last sub option “New Toolbar…”
  • This will open a window and in the Folder line at the bottom of the window, type this%userprofile%\AppDara\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet  Explorer\Quick Launch. Then click on the Select Folderbutton. Once done you can see a Quick Launch option on your taskbar.

Options with Quick Launch

You have several ways to adjust the Quick Launch folder you just created above. You can either opt to see all the programs that you have linked to the Quick Launch or you can have the quick Launch locked to the side of the taskbar so it takes less space and you can have all your programs as a list which appears when you click on the Quick Launch option. Simultaneously you can have change the size of icons to small or large; move the position to either left hand side or right hand side of the taskbar. Or simply delete or hide the option from showing on the taskbar

With Quick Launch you can have a list of your favourite programs set into one folder and with Pinning the programs onto your taskbar, they will permanently be linked on as an individual icon your taskbar. You could have your favourite program pinned and other most frequently used programs in your Quick Launch.

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