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Windows 7: Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

10 Dec 2008   #299
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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16 Oct 2010   #300
kneel

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 7 Premium, & XP
 
 

just did this trick...thank you for posting this.

It's weird. My HP netbook has 7 Home premium, and has quick launch already there and ready to go. I had to do this hack to my HP 64 bit Ultimate Win 7.....

Man, I like an empty desktop, so I rely on quick launch....


Thanks again for this Tut.!!!!

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16 Oct 2010   #301
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Kneel.
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17 Oct 2010   #302
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

Hi Brink (and others). I've been reading this 31xpage thread with interest. I'm doing an experimental install of Windows 7 Ultimate on a workshop machine (my own pcs are running XPP) so I can better tune the Windows 7 laptops that customers are starting to bring to me.

Re the Quicklaunch workaround (which I'm just about to try), I had a couple of thoughts about alternatives. I'm not a fan of wide screens; I reckon that they distort a lot of images.

So on my own Acer XP laptop, with a 15" screen that measures 330mm x 210mm, I keep my Taskbar\Quicklaunch panel at the left of the screen, not the bottom. This way, my desktop more approximates a 'square format'. If I moved it to the more conventional bottom of screen, this would accentuate the screen's 'wideness'.
The side position works well because I have four vertical columns of icons in my Quicklaunch area, with a total of around 60 icons.

Now, I haven't tried customizing my workshop Windows 7 yet, but it occurred to me that, if it were possible to pose some sort of elongated folder on either side of the screen, perhaps that would serve as a 'dock' for regular shortcuts?

Again on that subject, there was a great little app around in the days of W98. It was called 'Desklist' and, once installed in the tray, it showed with one click, every desktop icon. The developer abandoned it, but I've always thought it had a lot of promise.

Anyway, I'll post this and get on with my customized Windows 7.
Cheers from New Zealand.
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17 Oct 2010   #303
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Teckneeculler, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might take a look at the free program StandaloneStack to see if it may be close to doing what the old program "Desklist" did.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Oct 2010   #304
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Shawn, an interesting little app. BTW, your Quick Launch tip works perfectly :-)
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25 Oct 2010   #305
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Teckneeculler. Thank you.
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13 Nov 2010   #306
CX gamer

Windows 7
 
 

Hi,

I use quicklaunch a lot, mainly because I need to open several instances of a program very often and because I don't like clutter.
Now I fixed this myself after a bit of looking around. But there is one thing that comprimised the 'quick' from quicklaunch; a security alert. Every time I open a quicklaunch instance (apart from 'run'), it asks if I want to open this .lnk file. I think because it can't confirm the publisher of the file, even though I get this with calc, notepad and paint too. :s

Thank you in advance,

CX


Open file - security alert

Do you want to open this file?

Name: C:\Users\CX\Favorites\Koppelingen\Notepad.lnk
Publisher: Unknown publisher
Type: Shortcut
From: C:\Users\CX\Favorites\Koppelingen\Notepad.lnk

[Open] [Cancel]
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Dispite the fact that files that you have downloaded from internet could be useful, can this filetype cause harm to your computer. Do not execute this software of you hesitate about the orgins. What's the risk?
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13 Nov 2010   #307
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello CX Gamer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if you may just need to unblock them.

Open File - Security Warning : Unblock File

Open File - Security Warning : Allow or Prevent to Unblock File

If not, then create new shortcuts directly from the exe file, and use them in Quick Launch instead to see if that may help.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Nov 2010   #308
CX gamer

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for your reply. I've tried those now.

Both options one of the first link don't work, as I don't have the corresponding button or checkbox.
I've tried the first option of the second link, though I didn't notice a difference after applying and rebooting either of those registery fixes. I don't have the corresponding windows version to try the second option.
Dragging the .exe files directly to the quicklaunch (both moving and creating a shotcut to it) resulted in the same outcome.

I've attached my active processes, note AVG's pc tuneup and ESET Nod32 anivirus.

Thank you in advance,

CX


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13 Nov 2010   #309
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

CX,

Open the hidden Quick Launch folder in the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial, then right click in the folder and click on New and Shortcut to add the shortcuts into Quick Launch instead.
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