Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

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  1. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
       #30

    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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  2. Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #31

    Mr GRiM said:
    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.

    Quick Launch - Enable or Disable-2009-02-16_224053.jpg
    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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  3. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
       #32

    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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  4. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #33

    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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  5. Posts : 12
    Windows 7 Beta 7068
       #34

    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 W7 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 W7 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 W7 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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  6. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #35

    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.

    https://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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  7. Posts : 12
    Windows 7 Beta 7068
       #36

    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 W7 so I think at some stage (the next rainy weekend day maybe) I'll blow it away and do a clean W7 install.
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  8. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #37

    You're welcome Mike. Let us know if you have any questions for this when you're ready. :)
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  9. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit)
       #38

    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. Posts : 70,211
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #39

    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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