How To Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

Many Windows users who were fans of the Quick Launch toolbar may now notice that this feature is no longer available on the redesigned task bar and Start menu in Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7. At least not by default. So, how can you restore the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7?

The Quick Launch toolbar is still available in Windows 7, although it requires a few more steps

Watch the video above, courtesy of Lynda.com, for instructions on how to get the Quick Launch toolbar back on your task bar, just the way it used to be. There are a few more steps involved compared to previous Windows versions, but this feature is still available.

Essentially the process is the same as adding or removing a toolbar in previous versions of Windows, which involves right-clicking on your taskbar and selecting “Toolbars.”

When you do this, however, you will notice that ‘Quick Launch’ is no longer an option as it was previously. Instead, from this context menu, you must select “New Toolbar.”

A new window should appear, with a dialog box at the bottom titled ‘Folder.’ Within this box, you should copy and paste the following text:

 %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Then click “Select Folder,” which will now make the Quick Launch toolbar appear on the right-side of your task bar at the bottom of the screen.

From there, you can adjust the appearance to match that of what you are used to (explained in the video at 1:30).

That’s all there is to it. You have now resurrected the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7!Sign up for Free Computer Maintenance

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