If you’re like me, you *love* the QuickLaunch toolbar in Windows. It’s always onscreen, and it’s incredibly efficient – no labels or extraneous information, just a row of icons for applications that I need access to quickly. I currently have 11 applications in there, and only 10 icons on my desktop – most of which only really shortcut to My Computer and various user folders (pictures, videos, etc). QuickLaunch is a way for me to keep my desktop clean. I cringe when I see people with icons all over their desktop.
So, when I installed the new Windows 7 Beta on my Fujitsu P1610, I was sad to see that QuickLaunch had apparently gone the way of the DoDo, replaced by a new, somewhat similar toolbar. In Windows 7, you can ‘pin’ things to this toolbar, and they’re also grouped, sort of. While this works for the most part, it falls short in the efficiency category, where QuickLaunch was so good. Each icon on this new Windows 7 ‘pin’ toolbar takes up 3 times the space it would in QuickLaunch.
Fortunately, I read a post by Tim Sneath at Microsoft today, giving a whopping 30 handy tips for those of us checking out Windows 7. Number 13 on that list is how to get QuickLaunch back in Windows 7!! Here’s how:
* Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar
* In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK:
%userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
* Turn off the “lock the taskbar” setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that “Show text” and “Show title” are disabled and the view is set to “small icons”.
* Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.