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Restore Quick Launch in Windows 7

One thing I noticed that was missing from Windows 7 was the Quick Launch bar; that little area on the task bar where you could store shortcuts for easy access. Well, today we’re going to learn how to get it back. It’s real easy, too!

Right-Click your task bar and select Toolbars>New toolbar… Copy and paste this text into the box next to “Folder:” at the bottom.

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

Now press the “Select Folder” button.


After that, the area next to your clock should look a little like this.


It says “Quick Launch”, but it sure doesn’t look like what we’re used to, does it? To fix it, Right-click it and remove the check mark next to “Lock the taskbar”. Now Right-click the Quick Launch again and remove the checks next to “Show Text” and “Show Title”. Now all you have to do is drag that dotted line out a bit to expose the icons and Right-click one more time to put a check back next to “Lock the Taskbar”. You’re all set!


To remove the Quick Launch you just created, Right-click on your Taskbar and under Toolbars, uncheck Quick Launch. It’s that easy!