Add the Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar in Windows 7

I don’t have too many complaints about Windows 7. It’s actually a step up from Windows XP and a giant leap up from Vista (AKA Windows ME part deux). Anyway I don’t really care for the way applications are now “pinned” to the taskbar and when an application is active, the pinned icon is now the taskbar button with the inactive application icons hidden in between. Who thought THAT was a good idea?

The quick launch bar was a great place to access frequently used applications without taking up too much real estate. Unfortunately it’s gone missing from Windows 7. To get it back do the following:

  • Right click the taskbar and select Toolbars | New Toolbar…
  • In the Choose a Folder dialog that appears enter the following in the location bar:
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Click “Select Folder” and the Quick Launch bar will immediately appear on the taskbar.
  • Position and customize as before

Thanks to How-To Geek for the tip.

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