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Get the Quick Launch Bar back in Windows 7

The Quick Launch is back

Taking a closer look you can see that the Quick Launch bar on this test machine is automatically populated with quick launch icons for Outlook 2010, Internet Explorer, Show Desktop, and Switch Between Windows, but you can drag and drop any shortcut you want to you newly rediscovered Quick Launch Bar that you want.

Image created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

21 comments
harryhill2475
harryhill2475

DL the 'Free Launch Bar'...it solves...and more the Quick Launch problem. It is wonderful.

bobc4012
bobc4012

Was going to read the article, but its another nauseating slide show. It may be a great article, but not going to waste time foe slides to come up.

martin.tech
martin.tech

Noticing that some of the screenshots downloaded rather slowly, I checked their properties: they have the extension JPG, but appear to be PNG files, which don't compress at all well for 'busy' desktop backgrounds such as the first one (which reduces from 426kB to 52 when saved as JPG with my compression setting - the less 'busy' ones reduce to 10% of the png size when converted to jpg).

compwrench
compwrench

Your shots show the QL over by the tray and your toolbar is unlocked as I see the dotted lines. I dumped everything off the taskbar, moved QL next to the start button then slid the right dotted line to the left, locked the toolbar and its [b]exactly[/b] like the QL of old with the excess of your choice available vertically. Between the QL and the Tray is the opened windows icons/minimized look with added touch of aero.

calarts
calarts

This PowerPoint-like presentation style makes accessing simple instructions a tedious task. Please use the previously standard and more utlitarian Acrobat format. As for quick launch, I too am at a loss as to why I should want that when I can readily pin icons to my existing task bar and have them immediately available.

ving
ving

I too am a QL fan. With my Tool Bar having only my open apps icons, in XP I could hit the left border and open my vertically oriented QL bar, composed of utility and and other apps not often used but readily available without having to navigate to them. Win 7's QL requires a click to open and another click for the wanted app. It works, but not as easily the the good 'ol XP QG.

dor_
dor_

I have a new HP all in one 64 bit PC Have move the tool bar to the left side of my screen at the bottom of the tool bar there is a quick launch area so I don't understand what others are talking about.

akadoe
akadoe

huh? quick launch is on the left, filling to the right, as it does in win 7. over me head.

Snapper52
Snapper52

Yes, that's a good idea, as I could use 2-3 copies of the same program

jocaan
jocaan

I thought the Quick Launch was for certain programs that usually it was good to know when they are running. This was convenient for virus programs and such. When Microsoft still had the One Care program the Quick Launch would show what level of security status your computers had. Frank C.

jocaan
jocaan

This is all fine. What would be the steps to remove the Quick Launch if you chose to do so? Frank C.

brucet
brucet

The way you've set up the instructions makes it hard to print or email. Most Tech Rep instructions will email or print as one and you simply scroll down.Good workaround however as I too was a big fan of quick launch.

idonthaveanegocomplex
idonthaveanegocomplex

The new task bar replaces the quick launch, why would you put the same icons on the task bar twice!

marvin.novello
marvin.novello

I also used to use the Quick Launch bar in previous versions of Windows. It was great. However, since Windows 7 arrived I have been using the Taskbar instead. It does everything the Quick Launch bar did - and more. I particularly like the fact that the taskbar buttons and the quick lauch icons are no longer in competition for space. They are now one-and-the-same. So - tell me - why would I want the Quick Launch toolbar back? What can it do that the new taskbar can't? Is is just that some people don't like change - or am I missing something?

GSG
GSG moderator

At the end it gives you the option to download, use the slideshow, or see the full blog post without the slide show.

boggs
boggs

The thing I liked about quick launch in XP was that the list of programs was hidden in a menu that appeared when you clicked on the quick launch bar, thus not cluttering the task bar with a lot of icons. All your little trick does is essentially make 2 task bars.

slam5
slam5

i felt that way when i first use win 7 but i am very happy with taskbar.

adj1
adj1

Yes it does say you can downlload the blog - but where does one find the thing, there's no link

bobc4012
bobc4012

My apologies. This is the problem with so many of the slide shows. They don't usually include the ability to download a PDF. Sort of like Pavlov's dog. After tons of them with no option but to scan each slide, you become conditioned. As soon s you see its a slide show, most of us are automatically turned off. It would be nice if a PDF file was always available as an alternative.