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Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Quick Launch in Windows 7
Published by Brink
10 Dec 2008
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How to Enable or Disable Quick Launch in Windows 7

information   Information
By default Quick Launch is disabled in Windows 7. This will show you how to enable or disable Quick Launch as a taskbar toolbar using small or large icons in Windows 7.

Note   Note
Quick Launch is a toolbar on the taskbar. Quick Launch is used to open a program quickly from a shortcut from within it separate from the pinned programs on the taskbar.

The Quick Launch folder is located at the hidden system folder location below to add shortcuts to.

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Tip   Tip
Microsoft has made available a hotfix that will resolve a problem where the taskbar customizations are lost and reset to defaults when automatic logon is enabled in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. More details are available at FIX: The Taskbar is reset to the default settings when you use the "Automatically Log On" feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.



If you still have the issue of where the pinned Quick Launch used in this tutorial disappears on you after logging off and on or restarting the computer, then a workaround for this issue is to either:
EXAMPLE: Default Windows 7 Taskbar


EXAMPLE: Quick Launch Enabled on Right Side of Taskbar
NOTE: This is the new Quick Launch toolbar with text and title, small icons, or large icons.






EXAMPLE: Quick Launch Enabled on Left Side of Taskbar
NOTE: This is the new Quick Launch toolbar without text and title, and with small icons or large icons.
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-right_example-1.jpg

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-right_example-2.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Add Quick Launch to Taskbar
1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar, then select (hover on) Taskbar and click on New Toolbar. (See screenshot below)
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2. In the Folder line, type or copy the location below. (See screenshot below)
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-select_folder.jpg
3. Click on the Select Folder button. (See screenshot above)

4. You now have a Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Click on the arrow to see your Quick Launch shortcuts.
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5. To Expand the Quick Launch Toolbar
A) Unlock the taskbar.

B) Left click and hold on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, then drag it to the left or right to adjust to unhide all of the icons. Release the left click when done. (See screenshot below)
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C) Lock the taskbar.
6. To Remove Quick Launch Toolbar Icon Text or Title
A) Unlock the taskbar.

B) Right click on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, then uncheck the Show Text and Show Title by clicking on them. (See screenshot below step 5B)

C) Lock the taskbar.
7. To Have Small or Large Icons for Quick Launch Toolbar
A) Unlock the taskbar.

B) Right click on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, then click on View and select to have Large Icons or Small Icons. (See screenshot below step 5B)

C) Lock the taskbar.
8. To Have Quick Launch Toolbar on Left Side of Taskbar
A) Unlock the taskbar.

B) Left click and hold on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, then drag Quick Launch as far to the left on the taskbar as you are able to and release.

C) If you still have any pinned program icons to the left of Quick Launch, then left click and hold on the dotted separator line just to the left of the icons and hold, and drag it to the right past Quick Launch and release. (See screenshot below)
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-rightside_1.jpg
D) The Quick Launch toolbar is now on the far left side of the taskbar. (See screenshot below)
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-rightside_2.jpg
E) Left click and hold on the dotted separator line for the other icons and drag them left or right to make any adjustments to how you want them placed on the taskbar. (See screenshot above)

F) Lock the taskbar.




OPTION TWO
To Remove Quick Launch from Taskbar
1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on Toolbars and Quick Launch to uncheck and remove it from the taskbar. (See screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn





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10 Dec 2008   #1
mansrm81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn would have been nice if it wasn't disable to begin with.

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10 Dec 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello mansrm81,

True, but with being able to pin items to the taskbar directly now I'm afraid that it will be a fading feature.

Shawn
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10 Dec 2008   #3
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

Before I saw this tut, I had already tried to make a new toolbar with the Folder named Quick Launch. And then after tried this tut, nothing thing happen, the Win just take my Quick Launch folder as it original's one and now whenever I delete it, the Quick Launch disappear too...
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10 Dec 2008   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natri23 View Post
Before I saw this tut, I had already tried to make a new toolbar with the Folder named Quick Launch. And then after tried this tut, nothing thing happen, the Win just take my Quick Launch folder as it original's one and now whenever I delete it, the Quick Launch disappear too...
Same here. Moved the folder I created, log off/on, still no quicklaunch bar. Oh well, just put the folder in documents or wherever and create a new toolbar. Doesn't matter what it's called as long as I can drop files on the shortcut icon and have the program open with the files already opened. Can't do that with the icons pinned to the task bar. I've sent feedback about this. Would be nice to be able to drop files on the pinned icons and have the program open instead of just pinning the files to the list IMHO.

Gary
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10 Dec 2008   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Natri and Gary,

Were you guys able to get your Quick Launch working?
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11 Dec 2008   #6
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Fwiw. Hi Brink. According to Microsoft, the whole of the new taskbar is now merged into the quick launch. There is no need for a hack. Works for me!
Quote from the Microsoft Engineers:
"If one increases the size of Quick Launch, one must then determine what to do with the taskband. As previously discussed, we observed that under many scenarios of single-instance programs, launching and switching were equivalent. Hence, we decided to standardize this behavior and have program launchers turn into window switchers when they are launched. Effectively, we unified Quick Launch and the taskband. While some other operating systems have similar concepts, one difference with our approach is that our default experience always optimizes for a single representation on the taskbar. This means that regardless of a window’s state (e.g. minimized, maximized or restored) there are no new or duplicate buttons created. Also, the default taskbar doesn’t allow destinations to be pinned to the top-level which prevents duplication of a pinned file and a running window with that same file open. When we say there is “one button to rule them all” we’re serious. This approach to a single, unified button keeps the taskbar uncluttered and gives the person a single place to find what she’s looking for."
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11 Dec 2008   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, I agree Dave. I just added this for those that would still like to have a separate Quick Launch area anyway.
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11 Dec 2008   #8
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

We still have the Quick Launch working but actually it is a folder on my computer rather than the original one of Windows 7
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04 Jan 2009   #9
Kika

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks for this great tutorial But does anyone know how to add "send to quick launch" under mouse right-click when clicking on file? Must be some registry setting I guess.
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