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Windows 7: How to make a window/list with shortcuts on the desktop?

04 Jun 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64bit
How to make a window/list with shortcuts on the desktop?

Just got "upgraded" to Windows 7 from XP at work and have been trying to recreate/replace functionality from the old system. One item I haven't been able to figure out is a panel or window of shortcuts that is always there, just an alt-tab away.

Under XP, I opened the folder containing the shortcuts in explorer, set it to just list the names, and made it as small as possible. I added it to the startup menu and voila -- there's my little list all the time (it's shortcuts to various config files for a terminal pgm to connect to different servers and such.)

So, I tried setting it up in Explorer, but it doesn't remember the settings or location or anything, and nothing else I've tried works. What I want is just a little list of shortcuts so that I can click on the one I want have have it run the program with the appropriate config file -- something like this:

Server 01 -- Test
Server 01 -- Support
Client 01
Client 02

Any suggestions on how to accomplish this? Perhaps a gadget? Or some freeware utility? What I don't want is for it to take up a lot of space and I don't really want icons and I'd like to be able to get to it using the keyboard... I'm open to any ideas. Thanks!

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04 Jun 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro 64bit

Because a picture's worth a thousand words... Here's a screen shot from my old machine (upper right corner of the screen) showing what I'm looking for:

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04 Jun 2012   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Not sure that this is the same thing. But I put my shortcuts into folders and make a toolbar of the folders. Then I can always access them from the taskbar. Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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