Remember the Quick Launch Bar? Want it back?

By on June 18, 2012 3:42:53 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

DrJBHL

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Well it’s as easy as it could be. Some of these are my screenies and some are Mark Kaelin’s.

1. Right click on an empty part of your task bar. Unlock it (if it’s locked).

2. Click “New toolbar”.

 

3. In the destination box, type in:  %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch . You can always remove IE later if you want, and substitute whichever files or programs you wish.

4.  Ta-da! One Quick Launch Bar. Now you can choose to have text, small icons or large icons.

 

Source:

http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/get-the-quick-launch-bar-back-in-windows-7/425873?tag=thumbnail-view-selector;get-photo-roto

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June 18, 2012 4:21:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice tip Doc. That was the first thing I did WAY back when I installed Win7.

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June 18, 2012 4:36:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Great post, I did this the day I installed 7 myself. I don't like the default Win7 taskbar and hate my desktop cluttered with shortcuts.

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June 18, 2012 5:33:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Phoon,
Nice tip Doc. That was the first thing I did WAY back when I installed Win7.
Quoting mentalinstra,
Great post, I did this the day I installed 7 myself. I don't like the default Win7 taskbar and hate my desktop cluttered with shortcuts.

Me three!

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June 19, 2012 9:10:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yeah, Doc USUALLY keeps up to date with fresh news. He must be having an off day (or he was looking at that pic of RND when he just woke up and it snapped his brain cells. I know I haven't slept well since seeing it...)

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June 19, 2012 9:15:45 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


???

I still have the quicklaunch bar....but thanks for showing me that win7 falls short yet again.

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June 19, 2012 9:16:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Must have been the RnD thing.

 

 

 

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June 19, 2012 11:01:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The first thing I did with W7 was new toolbar > Programs (you may have to change permissions on the folder) so I have a 'normal' type start menu (on the right).

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June 19, 2012 11:06:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You're writing about an x486 system Fuzzy, or an x64? If x64 which 'Programs' did you choose (x486 or x64)?

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June 19, 2012 1:55:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
You're writing about an x486 system Fuzzy,

I must ask ( at my own peril ), Doc.... WTF is x486? Did you mean x86? Have you further demonstrated how gravity affects little balls made of highly polished stone and the way it tends to scatter them to elusiveness?

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June 19, 2012 2:01:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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June 19, 2012 3:25:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Phoon,
I must ask ( at my own peril ), Doc.... WTF is x486? Did you mean x86? Have you further demonstrated how gravity affects little balls made of highly polished stone and the way it tends to scatter them to elusiveness?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80486

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June 19, 2012 6:24:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Rosco_P,

x486...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80486

The 486... My first PC.... *sigh*
Back in 1998. A 486, 100Mhz, 5 MB RAM, 1 GB HD. State of the art, top of the range monster back then (over here).

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June 19, 2012 8:14:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Snowman,
The 486... My first PC.... *sigh*
Back in 1998. A 486, 100Mhz, 5 MB RAM, 1 GB HD. State of the art, top of the range monster back then (over here).

I had a 286 then stepped up to a 486-DX266. Flying at the speed of light with DOS6.2 !!

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June 19, 2012 8:55:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Phoon,

Quoting DrJBHL, reply 8You're writing about an x486 system Fuzzy,

I must ask ( at my own peril ), Doc.... WTF is x486? Did you mean x86? Have you further demonstrated how gravity affects little balls made of highly polished stone and the way it tends to scatter them to elusiveness?

I was using x486=x86 = 32 bit.

Shoon [insert Sean Connery accent], Phoon.  

 

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June 21, 2012 11:13:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My simple Programs menu...

 

Stuff that W7/Vista rubbish where you click on endless links then can't nip to where you want when you realise you're in the wrong place. The start menu in XP was so much simpler and easier to use...

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June 21, 2012 11:20:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

First bought machine was a P100 with it's 1gig HD and 8meg of ram [I think] ....before that there were 2 8086's ...one a clone...the other a real IBM XT .....had a 1 meg expansion 'card' about the length of a semi trailer.  Colour screen, too.....just as long as everything was green.

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June 21, 2012 11:50:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Fuzzy Logic,
The start menu in XP was so much simpler and easier to use...

That's what I loved about RightClick. Simple and easy, and as a bonus skinnable - but also, sadly, dead/gone/killed.

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June 21, 2012 11:56:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

True.. RightClick was great and I loved it dearly. Wish it were still 'alive'. But... this was more about 'now' than then and how to do it with what you have available.

 

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June 21, 2012 12:29:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My first computer I purchased was a Kaypro II running the CP/M operating system and sporting the ultra-zippy 2.5Mhz Z80 CPU. It had a ripping 64K of RAM and not one but TWO single sided single density floppy drives! Ah yeah. Plus, as it was made of metal and was a single piece (including the 9" 24 lines by 80 character green display!) you could (if you were strong enough) carry it around from place to place. Now, no one else had a computer back then and there was only a single serial port and one parallel port, so LAN parties were right out. But I did have a color printer (it had BOTH a black ribbon and a red ribbon for the typewriter to use. DELUXE!)

The thing was nicknamed Darth Vader's Lunchbox.

Good times. Good times.

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