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Windows 7: Windows 7 tweaking, tips & tricks....extending toolbars...

09 Jun 2013   #1

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Windows 7 tweaking, tips & tricks....extending toolbars...

This one comes from my tweaking of XP, I haven't seen this posted around the web at all and it still works in Win here goes...

This tweak gives a cascading folder set for user selected Toolbar folder on the Taskbar, instead of simple shortcuts to a folders which is what happens otherwise.

These folders within the Toolbar act like what you see in XP & Win 7's (Classic Shell version) of the Start menu's Programs folders, where they open a cascading menu style when mousing over,
AND it is these attributes of the Start Menu Programs folders that can be applied to Toolbar folders simply. And can also reference Start Menu Programs folders directly if needed.

As I said I discovered this in XP and used it for a good 10 years without fail on customis(z)ed Toolbars to my folder sets.

Here's how it goes:

1. Create a folder on your hard disk that could be considered centralized for dropping Toolbar folders into; stuff you need access to...for example I use a folder on a back drive called JunkYard which is where I have shortcuts to about a dozen folders across 4 drives.

2. Create a Toolbar for the Taskbar by right clicking the Taskbar and selecting Toolbar >New Toolbar and browse to your head folder (mine = JunkYard).

Toolbar now created.

Once done , now to build up a bunch of cascading menu style shortcut to folders within the Toolbar: for ex. Movies, Music etc. add more if you want there doesn't seem to be a limitation.

3. Now select a folder on a drive you want to have within the Toolbar; for ex. Movies, Music, Downloads...which are already folders on drives with tons of files within them.
Select one and drag it to the Start Menu AND while holding the mouse button drag it to the Programs (Classic Shell version) and drop it into there.

This sets the initial attributes of the shortcut to be cascading, and I think its the only way to do get that attribute.
You may need to mouse out of the Programs menu to close it then re-enter the Programs menu and select the new folder (which should now be a cascading menu style) you dropped in there.

Now drag it to the Toolbar you created so that a + sign appears not the shortcut sign.
It seems sometimes it won't hold the attribute to cascade or appear at all when it's dropped directly onto the Toolbar, you may have to repeat the process a few times to get it to hold the attribute, just go back to the Start Menu Programs and re-select the shortcut folder.

Once done, you will have many cascading menu style folders withing your new Toolbar, and you will also be left with a shortcut folder in the Start Menu Programs menu (which you can delete afterward).

I couldn't live with Windows without these cascading folder Toolbar's by having to enter Windows Explorer all the time to find stuff.
What I would really like to see is this type of 'thing' as a standard feature of the Toolbar system directly without having to fuss around to get it, and even enhancing its capability further for "one step" file access, would be what I would think Windows should be developing as a GUI for its user base.


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