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Windows 7: Quick Launch - Enable or Disable


10 Dec 2008   #199
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Quick Launch in Windows 7

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15 Nov 2009   #200
Boups

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarrellJ88 View Post
Thank you for posting this tutorial, thank you for the detail, and thank you for making it despite whether or not you find the quicklaunch unnecessary. I personally don't see it as unnecessary because items being pinned to the taskbar are fairly large in comparison to quicklaunch icons, as many others have said, and because unopened items pinned to the taskbar get mixed in between opened items pinned to the taskbar. This to me is extremely annoying because I may not normally have certain programs open, but on an occasion if I get enough programs open that are before a program I may frequent, it moves the unopened icon away from where I'm normally used to it being. It's just extremely less efficient to me when things aren't where I left them, so to say.
I agree with that. I think that changing position of menu, toolbar or desktop items is totally unproductive. When you know where items are, you go and click them without thinking and searching. It becomes a reflex clicking. If the system changes the position of your items you have to search, read text (when you have them) or interpret icons (or, worse, you have to hover your icons and wait to get a description...).
For those reasons, I really like the new Office 2007's ribbons. Even if it requires a time to adapt, when you know where the functions are, you get acces to almost every function in two mouse clicks.

What I don't understand either is why Microsoft wants people to search their menu items and files. I don't why they think that users are so stupid, so unstrcuctured that they can't organize their files in folders and subfolders, and that they can't name their files so taht they can find them. I don't know why users should become dependant on search engines.
That's why I don't like the new taskbar and, worse, the new start menu. They are perhaps good for some people but we should have the choice to get the previous (not old) way of use.

I finish by : Thank you for that tutorial !

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15 Nov 2009   #201
rjcarlson49

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello RJ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a workaround, you can pin a folder to the taskbar and place your shortcuts in it instead.
I said I can get the QL bar up and looking like I want. You didn't address my problem. When I arrange the QL buttons as I want them, I lose the order whenever I reboot. How do I get them to stay put?

I would assume that a folder could not be arranged in any order I want it in.

-Bob
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15 Nov 2009   #202
rjcarlson49

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TomL12953 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjcarlson49 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yeah, it looks like pinned icons on the taskbar will be the future with Windows 7.

As for the other questions, you should post them in the appropriate General Discussion and Network & Internet forums for them so this tutorial can stay on topic, and so you can get more replies to them.
That is absolutely idiotic. I have 40-50 QL items. That WILL NOT FIT on the task bar as pinned items.
Have you tried checking the "Use small icons" box in Properties? Changing the icons that way makes them the same size as the old QL icons on my system.

Tom L
I have small icons activated everywhere. Small icons on the QL bar are less than a quarter ich square. On the Task bar they are bars that are about a third of an inch high and take up the full width of the task bar (I use it vertically on the left side.)

On the QL part of the task bar I get 3 columns of small icons. I count 52 things I can start up with one click. I could weed out little used ones, but I would still have 30 or more.

-Bob
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15 Nov 2009   #203
dexter09

WIn 7 64bit
 
 

nice feature, i missed this. Cheers
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15 Nov 2009   #204
rjcarlson49

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sonixmon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjcarlson49 View Post
That is absolutely idiotic. I have 40-50 QL items. That WILL NOT FIT on the task bar as pinned items.

This is incredibly annoying. I use pinning for the 3-4 apps that I always run. It's convenient to always have them in the same place. The 2 states of the buttons are confusing, but I'll probably get used to that.

You have provided no substitute for the QL bar. Removing it was just dumb.
IMO the QL bar is for 6 or so items, why not use the start menu for the rest of the programs. If you organize the programs it works pretty well. That is what it was designed to do.
I use the QL for 6 or so most often used programs (daily) everything else is desktop or start menu.
I cant imagine you use 40+ items daily??

To each his own I guess :P
I am a software architect/developer. I use probably 15-20 different icons daily and I have frequent enough use of perhaps 20 more that I want them immediately available. I occasionally run VMs of Linux with yet more tools I need.
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15 Nov 2009   #205
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjcarlson49 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello RJ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a workaround, you can pin a folder to the taskbar and place your shortcuts in it instead.
I said I can get the QL bar up and looking like I want. You didn't address my problem. When I arrange the QL buttons as I want them, I lose the order whenever I reboot. How do I get them to stay put?

I would assume that a folder could not be arranged in any order I want it in.

-Bob
Bob,

Sorry, but there does not seem to be a way to arrange the shortcuts in a pinned folder and keep them in that order after a restart. QL is just a folder as well.
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16 Nov 2009   #206
chrysalis

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I am glad this problem is not on 64bit, it would drive me nuts. This thread now 21 pages long, it seems clear to me microsoft made a howler when they though they could make such a big change to the gui like that and people would just accept it.
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16 Nov 2009   #207
Sonixmon

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjcarlson49 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sonixmon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjcarlson49 View Post
That is absolutely idiotic. I have 40-50 QL items. That WILL NOT FIT on the task bar as pinned items.

This is incredibly annoying. I use pinning for the 3-4 apps that I always run. It's convenient to always have them in the same place. The 2 states of the buttons are confusing, but I'll probably get used to that.

You have provided no substitute for the QL bar. Removing it was just dumb.
IMO the QL bar is for 6 or so items, why not use the start menu for the rest of the programs. If you organize the programs it works pretty well. That is what it was designed to do.
I use the QL for 6 or so most often used programs (daily) everything else is desktop or start menu.
I cant imagine you use 40+ items daily??

To each his own I guess :P
I am a software architect/developer. I use probably 15-20 different icons daily and I have frequent enough use of perhaps 20 more that I want them immediately available. I occasionally run VMs of Linux with yet more tools I need.
Wow, I guess it is convenient for you then! I stand corrected . I am glad that my QL has been staying put and icons stay where I put them as far as I can tell!
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17 Nov 2009   #208
rjcarlson49

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrysalis View Post
I am glad this problem is not on 64bit, it would drive me nuts. This thread now 21 pages long, it seems clear to me microsoft made a howler when they though they could make such a big change to the gui like that and people would just accept it.
I use 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. The QL bar does not disappear, but it does not retain order either. M$ really messed this one up. This thread is up to 21 pages. What does that tell you?
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20 Nov 2009   #209
Software Tools

Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

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What does that tell you?
I agree they screwed the pooch on this one.

I have to cope with using a corporate SOE, which is still XP based, for much of my professional work and Win 7 at home.... for me Quick Launch functionality is crucial !

I have tried hard to come to terms with the Win 7 taskbar approach but it certainly doesn't work for me.
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