How to Add a Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7

Posted by Britt Duncan - June 27, 2014

Well, though a lot of people now use Windows 7, they could miss the XP style quick launch toolbar. The Windows 7 icons pinned to the taskbar could get many people annoyed. Follow detailed instructions below to add the XP style quick launch toolbar then.

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Guide to Add a Quick Launch Toolbar to Windows 7

Step one- Right click on an open area of the taskbar, and choose Toolbars, then New Toolbar from the menu.


Step two-
Then copy the following path onto the location bar, and click Enter.

%Appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch


Step three-
Click Select Folder. You’ll immediately notice the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar.


Step four- Right click on any blank area of the taskbar, and uncheck Lock the taskbar.

uncheck lock

Step five- Click on the dotted lines and then drag the toolbar all the way to the left.


Step six- If there is still space between Quick Launch icon and Start menu, click on the left dotted lines and drag to the right. They will then overlay.


Step seven- Right click on the dotted lines and uncheck “Show Text” as well as “Show Title” from the menu.


Step eight- Right click on the taskbar, and check Lock the taskbar.


There you are, the “old” Quick Launch toolbar has returned. Somebody would not know you are running Windows 7 in the system.

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