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(Update: there is now a small program that performs the first 7 steps for you! Click here for the program, extract it to a location of your choosing, and then run it. Credit goes to PizzaMan in Post #26!)

I know that this has been discussed here on OCN already, but I wanted a thread with this title so that this information is easier to find for others as well as for me (including Guests who may find it using Google). I recently discovered this while looking for something else over at Black Viper's message board. So here are my instructions:
  1. Right-click on the Taskbar
  2. Uncheck "Lock the taskbar"
  3. Right-click the Taskbar again
  4. Choose Toolbars > New toolbar...
  5. Copy paste the following into the dialog box that appears: %userprofile%\\AppData\\Roaming\\Microsoft\\Intern et Explorer\\Quick Launch
  6. Press Enter, or click OK
  7. It now brings you into the Quick Launch folder (it will look empty, but this is normal). Press Enter again.
  8. The Quick Launch toolbar will appear on the Taskbar next to the clock. To get rid of the Quick Launch title, right-click on it and uncheck "Show title".
  9. To get rid of the text labels for the icons, right-click the area where the Title was, and uncheck "Show Text"
  10. Click & drag it to where you want it, and then lock the Taskbar.
It still functions the same way it used to, so enjoy!

[Source]
[Source that led me to the source]
Edited by TwoCables - 1/10/11 at 2:46am
    
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post #2 of 31
Hey this is awesome. Great post!
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Good stuff. I won't say I'll be using it personally because I love this pin/unpin business, but great for anyone who likes classic quick launch.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Afrodisiac View Post
Good stuff. I won't say I'll be using it personally because I love this pin/unpin business, but great for anyone who likes classic quick launch.
Yeah, I love it because I was very disappointed when I couldn't pin literally anything I wanted to the Taskbar. For example, I wanted to pin a Shortcut to a control panel applet such as the Personalization control panel, but it doesn't allow that. I tried to find its executable, but that was quite difficult and I never succeeded.

The same thing goes for Documents: I wanted to pin that to the Taskbar, but it doesn't allow it. I took the Quick Launch toolbar pretty far in XP. I should post a screenshot!!

So anyway, this allows me to get whatever I want on the taskbar without worrying about whether or not it'll be able to go there.

Windows 7 just became much better for me.
    
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Awesome, very useful. +rep
    
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TYVM, I love quick launch. Now I gotta unpin all this crap on my task bar and put it in quick launch.
    
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post #7 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PizzaMan View Post
TYVM, I love quick launch. Now I gotta unpin all this crap on my task bar and put it in quick launch.
It's a really good feeling. I'm in the middle of doing this right now.

To make the process as smooth as possible, right-click on the pinned item, then right-click on the program in that context menu, and then choose Properties, and then press the Open File Location Button. Once the file location has open, just click & drag the selected file to the Quick Launch bar and rename it. It couldn't be easier.
    
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I am finished working on my Taskbar for now, so here's a screenshot:

http://home.comcast.net/~tim2679/QuickLaunch.png (1680x1050 PNG, 1.18 MB)
Edited by TwoCables - 7/14/09 at 1:27pm
    
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I must say thanks, saved me from looking this up. I've always used the quick launch like a secondary start menu and stash everything important in there. Now what would be killer, and is one of my favorite shell extensions in Vista is if I could find the tweak/hack to be able to right click on an app and see the "add to quicklaunch" menu item. +1

Edit: I just found a VBS script for the "add to quick launch" shell extension, SWEET! This works in Windows 7 X64: http://www.winhelponline.com/article...indows-XP.html


Edited by Clox - 7/7/09 at 11:24pm
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post #10 of 31
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Whoa. I just noticed the edit! Nice find!! It doesn't have the ability to add folders, but hey: this is much better than not having it.
Edited by TwoCables - 7/12/09 at 5:47am
    
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