Windows 7
Enable Quick Launch Bar

You can launch applications right from Shortcuts pinned to the Windows 7 "superBar," its new jazzed-up Task Bar. But you can enable the Quick Launch Bar that you may have loved from older versions of Windows. Shortcuts on the Quick Launch Bar take much less space than pinned Shortcuts, and they can't be confused as Shortcuts pinned to the Task Bar.

  • Right-click the Task Bar and select Toolbars, then New Toolbar.

  • When asked to specify a folder, in the Folder text box enter this text exactly as shown:

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Hint, browse to that folder location, copy the full path from the address box into the Clipboard, and then paste it into the Folder text box mentioned above. If you can copy/paste from this document, you can copy the above directly into the Folder text box mentioned above.

  • Click on Select Folder, and a link to the Quick Launch folder will now appear on the superBar. But it needs a bit of tweaking to work like the old Quick Launch Bar.

  • Right-click on the Task Bar and uncheck "Lock the TaskBar" if necessary.

  • Right-click on the 'handle and uncheck "Show Text".

  • Right-click on the 'handle and uncheck "Show Title".

  • Drag the 'handle' of the Quick Launch Bar as far to the left as you can.

  • Drag the 'handle' of the Task Bar to the right of the Quick Launch Bar.

Now Quick Launch will behave like it did in earlier versions of Windows. You can drag application icons or shortcuts to Quick Launch and they'll appear there, ready to launch with a single-click, and you can delete icons without deleting the applications to which they are linked. The icons in the Quick Launch Bar are simply Shortcuts.