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Restoring the Quick Launch in Vista & Win7

Posted by William Diaz on December 1, 2010


I know Microsoft wants to us to use the Pin this program to taskbar feature but I don’t care for it. I really like the Quick Launch feature. Out of the box, Windows Vista and 7 do not enable the Quick Launch. But you can bring it back with little effort. To do so, right click the Taskbar and select New toolbar.

Now paste the following into the toolbar path location: %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.

Confirm the path to the new toolbar before selecting Select Folder.

The Quick Launch toolbar was not placed into the left side of the taskbar in my case so drag it to the desired area of the taskbar if needed. If you prefer, right-click the QL and uncheck the options to the Show Text and Show Title options.

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