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Quick launch in Windows 7

Here is what you need to do to enable quick launch in Windows 7:

Step1: Right click on Taskbar at the bottom -> select "Toolbars" -> click on "New toolbar..."

Step2: In the "folder" line in new window that opened up type in te text below:
"%userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch" (without quotes)

Step3: After typing in the text above click "Select Folder".

Step4: Now you should have "quick launch" at the bottom right and you can now right click the dotted line next to "quick launch" and drag it to your desired position.
I personally like it next to "Start" button just like the old days :-)


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On Windows computers, you should have what is known as the taskbar. This is the gray strip that runs across the bottom of your computer and which displays icons for quickly accessing programs you frequently use. The taskbar also shows the "Start" menu, clock and icons for your Internet connections. Sometimes icons do not appear properly in the taskbar. This usually is because the computer is new and hasn't had icons placed in the taskbar manually, or because a default setting is off in the OS properties. Both are simple fixes.

1.Right-click the "Start" icon and select "Properties."

2.Select the "Taskbar" tab in the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" dialogue box.

3.Uncheck "Lock the taskbar" and "Auto-hide the taskbar." Check "Show Quick Launch." Since the Quick Launch box isn't available in some systems, you may need to right-click on the taskbar area, choose "Toolbars" and then select "Quick Launch."

4.Navigate to the programs you want to show on the taskbar through the "Start" menu or on your desktop. Right-click the program and drag it to the taskbar. Choose "Create shortcuts here" from the menu that appears. The icon for the program should appear in the taskbar.

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