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TR Dojo Challenge: How do you enable the Quick Launch toolbar on Windows 7?

If you know how to enable the Quick Launch toolbar on Windows 7, you could earn a TechRepublic coffee mug?

Windows XP Quick Launch toolbarNormally located right next to the Start button, the Windows Quick Launch toolbar is a handy way to access frequently used applications. On most of the Windows XP and Vista machines I use, the Quick Launch bar contains at least 10 shortcuts to my favorite Web browser, HTML editor, screen capture utility, office suite and email applications, the Command Prompt, and of course Calculator. Unfortunately, my beloved Quick Launch bar is nowhere to be found in Windows 7.

Some of you might ask why I would want to use the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7 when you can easily pin applications to the Taskbar? There are several reasons. First, I hate how Windows 7 mixes running application icons with the application shortcuts pinned to the Taskbar. Second, the Quick Launch bar allows me to place more shortcuts in a smaller space. Even using the small icons setting, there's still quite a bit of space between the Taskbar icons. When you put between 10 and 15 application shortcuts on the standard Taskbar, they stretch nearly halfway across the screen. Third, it's MY desktop. I really don't need a reason other than "I like it that way."

And, I'm not alone in my pension for the Taskbar. TechRepbulic member Kirke recently sent me an email about this and several other Windows 7 annoyances. I'll be sending him a little TechRepublic swag for his effort and will send some your way, if you can answer this week's TR Dojo Challenge question.

So, here it is: How do you enable the Quick Launch toolbar on Windows 7?

About the TR Dojo Challenge Series

Each Wednesday, I publish a new question designed to test the technical skills and IT prowess of our TechRepublic members. You can submit an answer to the question by posting it within this post's discussion thread.

I'll accept answer submissions for one week after I post the question. At the end of the week, I'll consider the question closed and review the answers. The member, who submits the first best answer, will be featured in a follow-up TR Dojo Challenge article, posted the following week. For being featured on the site, they will also earn themselves a bit of TechRepublic swag-a coffee mug and laptop sticker.

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18 comments
kenpmason
kenpmason

It's simple! Right-click on the Taskbar, go to Toolbars, then New Toolbar. Aim your link at [BootDrive]:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. You're done!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You gonna post Kirke's list of dislikes, or are you just going to leave us hanging?

terbeamon
terbeamon

Quick Launch Toolbar Bring It Back In Windows 7 One of the hard things about upgrading to a new operating system is that some of your favorite features may no longer be available. Take for example, the Quick Launch toolbar, to which many people are attached. In Windows 7, the Quick Launch toolbar is disabled. Fortunately though, Microsoft recognizes that some many people prefer the old and therefore, you can re-enable the Quick Launch toolbar as described below: 1. Right-click the taskbar , choose Toolbars / New Toolbar 2. In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and click OK: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Turn off the ?lock the taskbar? setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that ?Show text? and ?Show title? are disabled and the view is set to ?small icons.? 4. Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

carlsf
carlsf

..be moving from XP or Vista to WIN7. We have all users using the "CLASSIC" and why should we have to jump these steps/hoops to get a feature should be there. SORRY ms we have 115 users staying where we are.

Samuel Leung
Samuel Leung

MY YOUTUBE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8pGroBXac Original Source is at bottom of post. 1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on 'Toolbars' and then 'New Toolbar'. 2. In the Folder line, type or copy: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Click on the Select Folder button. 4. You now have a Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar. 5. To mimic the original XP style QuickLaunch you'll want to do the following: remove text/icon labels - place the quick launch over to the left - make the icons small as apposed to large - Let's do these now. - Unlock the taskbar. (Show hide more icons) - Left click on the dotted lines and hold, then drag it to the left or right to adjust to unhide all of the icons. Release the left click when done. (Move to Left) - Left click on the dotted lines of the pinned taskbar programs of the left side and hold, then drag it to the right past the Quick Launch toolbar and release. Left click on the dotted lines of these and hold and drag them to make any adjustments to how you want them place on the taskbar. (Hide Text and Title) - Right click on the Quick Launch toolbar title name, then uncheck the Show Text and Show Title by clicking on them. (Small Icons) - Right click on the Quick Launch toolbar title name, then click on View and select to have Large Icons or Small Icons. - Lock the taskbar. 7.To remove the Quick Launch - Right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on Toolbars and Quick Launch to uncheck and remove it from the taskbar. MY YOUTUBE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8pGroBXac SOURCE:http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/888-quick-launch-enable-disable.html

ak87
ak87

Here's how you do it 1) click start and search "edit group policy" 2) click on "User Config." on the left side then click "admin templates" 3)click on "start menu and taskbar" 4)double click on "show quicklaunch on taskbar" click enable and press ok 5)right click on the task bar go to toolbars and then new toolbar 6) right click on the address bar and click edit address 7)then type in "C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer" (replace (user name) with your username) 8)click on the folder "quicklaunch" then select folder then you have your quick launch bar

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

This week's TR Dojo Challenge question is about enabling the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7. TR Dojo blog post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1212 Normally located right next to the Start button, the Windows Quick Launch toolbar is a handy way to access frequently used applications. Unfortunately, the Quick Launch bar is nowhere to be found in Windows 7. Some of you might ask why I would want to use the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7 when you can easily pin applications to the Taskbar? There are several reasons. First and foremost, I hate how Windows 7 mixes running application icons with the application shortcuts pinned to the Taskbar. Second, the Quick Launch bar allows me to place more shortcuts in a smaller space. Even using the small icons setting, there's still quite a bit of space between the Taskbar icons. When you put between 10 and 15 application shortcuts on the standard Taskbar, they stretch nearly halfway across the screen. Third, it's MY desktop. I really don't need a reason other than "I like it that way." So, here's the question: How do you enable the Quick Launch toolbar on Windows 7? Please Read Before Answering Before you jump into this post's discussion thread and submit an answer that explains how to configure the Automatic Update client to download updates but let the user decided when to install them, or how to just disable automatic updates, stop. These are not the answers I'm looking for. To get full credit for this question, you must describe a solution that allows the update to download and install but not reboot until the user manually does so. I?ll accept answer submissions for one week after I post the question. During that time, TechRepublic members can submit an answer to the question by posting it within this discussion thread. At the end of the week, I?ll consider the question closed and review the answers. The member who submitted the first, best answer will be featured in a follow-up TR Dojo Challenge article, posted on Thursday the week following the question?s publication. For being featured on the site, they will also earn themselves a bit of TechRepublic swag-a coffee mug and laptop sticker.

marystewart
marystewart

the quick launch toolbar is not included in windows 7 instead to open programs quickly you pin them to the task bar

Samuel Leung
Samuel Leung

We'll be moving from WinXP over to Win7 Enterprise and Office 2003 to 2007 in the near future and we have 1400 Users. I am 1 of 2 IT personel on site. It's going to be epic. I prefer the nice clean and uncluttered Classic view for my network users as well but feel it's time to move forward. It's a similar problem with the new Ribbon menu system in Office 2007. But if we don't move forward now, we'll hit a huge speedbump with illiterate end users.

LarryD4
LarryD4

Is it really that much of a PITA? Saw this and everything at home is still Vista and its right their staring at me...

fkampa
fkampa

If you click on the Show Hidden Icons Triangle and select customize, then click on the "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" box, it sure looks a lot like the old Quicklaunch taskbar with the exception it's on the right side, and you can't hide some of the icons in a collapsing menu.

forklift51us
forklift51us

Adding the Quick Launch Bar Back to Windows 7 To add the toolbar back, you?ll want to right-click on an open area of the taskbar, and choose Toolbars \ New Toolbar from the menu. You should probably also unlock the taskbar at this point. Now?s the slightly tricky part? you?ll want to paste the following path into the location bar: %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick LaunchMake sure that the location bar shows the full path, like the next screenshot, before you choose the ?Select Folder? button.You?ll immediately notice the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar, but it?s all the way over on the right, so you?ll want to click on the dotted lines and then drag the toolbar all the way to the left (which is slightly tricky sometimes). Note that you?ll need to right-click and unlock the taskbar before you can move the toolbar.There we go, it?s over on the left? but now you?ll want to adjust the regular taskbar toolbar to be closer to the left, so use the dotted lines to drag it over as well.he normal Quick Launch that we?re used to doesn?t have text, so right-click on the dotted lines and uncheck ?Show Text? as well as ?Show Title? from the menu. Once you?re sure it?s the way you want it, you should check the ?Lock the taskbar? again.And there you are, the quick launch bar has returned and there?s virtually no way anybody would know this is Windows 7.

robert.johnson2
robert.johnson2

1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on New Tool. 2. In the Folder line, type or copy: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Click on the Select Folder button. 4. You now have a Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar. NOTE: Click on the arrow to see your Quick Launch shortcuts. 5. To Expand the Quick Launch Toolbar - A) Unlock the taskbar. B) Left click on the dotted lines and hold, then drag it to the left or right to adjust to unhide all of the icons. Release the left click when done. C) Lock the taskbar. 6. To Remove Quick Launch Toolbar Icon Text or Title - A) Unlock the taskbar. B) Right click on the Quick Launch toolbar title name, then uncheck the Show Text and Show Title by clicking on them. (See screenshot below step 5B) C) Lock the taskbar. 7. To Have Small or Large Icons for Quick Launch Toolbar - A) Unlock the taskbar. B) Right click on the Quick Launch toolbar title name, then click on View and select to have Large Icons or Small Icons. (See screenshot below step 5B) C) Lock the taskbar. 8. To Have Quick Launch Toolbar on Left Side of Taskbar - A) Unlock the taskbar. B) Left click on the dotted lines of the pinned taskbar programs of the left side and hold, then drag it to the right past the Quick Launch toolbar and release. C) The Quick Launch toolbar is now on the left side of the taskbar. D) Left click on the dotted lines of these and hold and drag them to make any adjustments to how you want them place on the taskbar. E) Lock the taskbar. 9. Now that you have Quick Launch on the taskbar, you will need to save your current theme (step 4 at this link). NOTE: If you make any changes to your theme, you will need to save the theme afterwards, or you will lose Quick Launch the next time you restart the computer.