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Tip: Windows Vista has Quick Launch Shortcuts


Does your Laptop or Desktop have a Windows Key? If so, Windows Vista lets you use the first ten items that you drag into your quick launch area as shortcuts. For example, I have 20 items in my quick launch, I can move around my favorite ten and I can use the Windows Key + the appropriate number from 0 – 9 (10 items).

For example, I have the following 5 program in my Quick Launch area:

  • Show Desktop
  • Switch between windows
  • Internet Explorer
  • Beyond Compare 2
  • Lotus Notes

The Quick Launch shortcut for Show Desktop is the Windows Key + 1, Switch between windows is Windows Key + 2, Internet Explorer is the Windows Key + 3, etc.

This is a real timesaver for me as I have memorized where my most accessible programs are and use this extensively.

8 comments
webgal318
webgal318

I tried the keyboard combination and it doesn't work.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

I like to use the mouse as little as possible. I use keyboard shortcuts for as much as possible. I have been doing this for years. I really like the ability to have shortcuts for the first 10 items but I realized not everyone will share my enthusiasm.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Question: Whip over to your quicklaunch bar with your mouse pointer OR look at your quicklaunch bar, count up to your required icon, focus on your upper keyboard (laptop), press the designated number key + Windows key, put your hand back on your mouse? I'll stick with the mouse option, I think. Anyway, I have 32 quicklaunch icons striped down the left-hand side of my XP screen, so the keyboard could never accommodate them!

helpdeskdude
helpdeskdude

Ok I like using my quick launch icons, but how do I enable the Windows key + number to launch the desired program?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Um, big deal. We've been doing that for years with Win2K and WinXP, and as far as I can tell there isn't a limit.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

My original post was more an outburst than a useful comment, with the exception that very few seem to know that they can drag and drop just about whatever they want to the QuickLaunch Bar and have been able to since at least Win2K. I'm overworked and underpaid and sick and tired of Vista, I suppose. I will try not to be quite so surly out here again. edit typo

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

19 shortcuts in addition to 3 of the defaults in my QLBar on XP desktop and laptop, and I have 13 on 2K desktop machine. Discovered that potential ages ago and have kept my desktop clean ever since. I'm also still using the Office 2K and Office XP toolbars. Put lots of stuff on them, too. Why the Office Shortcut Bar disappeared, I'll never know. Dandy little item, that.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

It is totally cool for you to vent on whatever you want. I wasnt offended or upset at all. Best,ssw