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Windows 7: Quick Launch - Enable or Disable


10 Dec 2008   #29
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 Feb 2009   #30
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

While I love the new dock, I still don't want to clutter it up too much and I find that the quick launch gives me access to apps that I use on a irregular basis and to have about 20 apps pined to the taskbar would make it ugly and to cluttered for me, as you can see from this screen shot there are far to many apps to have large icons on the taskbar, so for me it is preferable.

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16 Feb 2009   #31
bobalobabingbong

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
While I love the new dock, I still don't want to clutter it up too much and I find that the quick launch gives me access to apps that I use on a irregular basis and to have about 20 apps pined to the taskbar would make it ugly and to cluttered for me, as you can see from this screen shot there are far to many apps to have large icons on the taskbar, so for me it is preferable.

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I see what you mean. For me, I just hit the windows key, and type the program I want, if I only use that particular program once in a while. I find that the quick launch gets cluttered just as quickly, with programs I don't use often.
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16 Feb 2009   #32
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

There are 2 things I like about having the toolbar there. First, I can make the icons small on the toolbar without effecting the task bar icons and second (as said before), I can select a file/s and drag and drop them on the toolbar icon and have them open in that program.

Gary
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16 Feb 2009   #33
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Another good thing about this, is that you can use this same method for any folder to have a toolbar of it like this there with any icon in the folder there unlike how some of items get pinned into the Windows Explorer taskbar icon instead.

Umm, I smell another tutorial coming from this.
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24 Feb 2009   #34
nzmike

Windows 7 Beta 7068
 
 

I have to say I am really disappointed in the new task bar.... I can see where MS are going with it and for most people maybe it will work - but I'm a developer and I have something like 15 apps and tools I use almost every day and for me it just makes the new toolbar really cluttered to have all the ones I had in my Quick Launch on the new "taskband". I also don't use the grouping as (for example) if I have a few XML or Word files open it's very hard from the previews to see which is which.

I tried the steps in the first post to add a QL folder and was delighted when I got my QL bar back. Then I dragged it to the left, re-ordered the icons the way I want them and thought I was a happy camper again. But I came back to my PC this morning and it wasn't on the taskbar anymore - it's just gone!! So I went through the steps again, dragged it to the left again, re-ordered the icons the way I want them *again* - then later I had to reset and on restart it's gone again!

So, as much I like Windows 7 so far, this is the single most annoying feature. What I *never* understand with MS is why suddenly everyone has to work the the way they "deem" is best for us - why can't we have the option to have the Quick launch and the old style task bar like Vista? Surely it can't be impossible to allow both methods?

I embrace new technology more than anyone I know (hence going to Windows 7 beta 7000 on my main machine) and am not scared of change but this new taskbar is a real pain for me.... if anyone on the Windows 7 team at MS sees this *please* give your users who are going to pay for this O/S to use the old style taskbar!
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24 Feb 2009   #35
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello nzmike,

You can unpin all icons on the taskbar, then use the tutorial below to go back to buttons instead of icons for open windows to get closer to the older Vista taskbar.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ons-icons.html


It will not solve your current issue with the Quick Launch toolbar though. You might do a Repair install before doing any of this to see if it can fix the Quick Launch issue, then apply the above to have a taskbar more like Vista.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Feb 2009   #36
nzmike

Windows 7 Beta 7068
 
 

Thanks Shawn, I'll check that link out. The QL bar disappearing could have something to do with the fact I upgraded from Vista 64 HP which was a bit flaky itself from time to time. I've had quite a few different issues since I upgraded it to Windows 7 so I think at some stage (the next rainy weekend day maybe) I'll blow it away and do a clean Windows 7 install.
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24 Feb 2009   #37
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mike. Let us know if you have any questions for this when you're ready.
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10 Mar 2009   #38
MB17

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit)
 
 

I enjoy and agree that "pinning" seems to be better than the quick launch, nevertheless the problem for me was that you can't pin a specific folder. I mean, you can, but it assigned under "explorer" which basically kills part of the easiness of the access you want with either pinning or Quick Launch. That's why I restored my "Quick Launch" and am using only with my most accessed folders. Software are pinned.

And thanks for the tutorial. I've used a lot the Vista forums (still use sometimes) and now decided to register. Great forum.
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10 Mar 2009   #39
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello MB17, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, it would be nice to pin folders to the taskbar like any other program instead of using a toolbar or the pinned Windows Explorer icon.

Hopefully if enough people send feedback to Microsoft on this, they may include this option.
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