Thanks for your replies .....no wonder I am having trouble finding a solution if you experts can't
I definitely didn't use quick launch.
I can assure you in my taskbar I used to have only two icons pinned ......windows mail and also i/e 9
When I clicked on the mail icon, obviously that opened and used the mail icon to show it had opened, that left just the i/e 9 icon. If I clicked on that the icon remained and an ie page opened. If I clicked on it again another ie opened.
Would love to know how I done it