Windows 7: How to Enable the Quick Launch Bar

Posted May 4, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

By default, Windows 7 does not have the Quick Launch toolbar that most Windows users are familiar with. If you wish to keep using this form of navigation, or if you’ve upgraded your computer to Windows 7 and want to use your old Quick Launch Bar, you can enable it by following these steps.

1. Right-click on the Taskbar.

2. Mouseover Toolbars and select New toolbar.

3. In the Folder textbox, input the following:
%SystemDrive%\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Click on the Select Folder button.

The Quick Launch Bar will appear. Unlock the Taskbar by right-clicking on the taskbar and unchecking Lock Taskbar. Move the Quick Launch Bar to the desired location on the taskbar and then relock the taskbar.


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  • Anonymous

    Why couldn’t they just leave it under Toolbars instead of having to recreate it from scratch?

  • Fred

    I still have the program icon and the name, it take alot of space, how do I remove the name of it?

  • Craig

    Thank you!!

  • cheek

    i’ve been trying to add the windows switcher to the taskbar but to no avail. was wondering if anybody could help?

  • Name

    Why bother having a quicklaunch? Instead of one button to launch Firefox, and another button that apperas when it’s running… why not just use one (the new integrated one-button-does-it-all button?). It saves me space, sanity, and I love having one button for everything: lauching a program, switching-to a program, checking status of a program… everything in one. Thanks, Microsoft!

  • Whocares

    @cheeck1 Only programs can be attached to the launchbar by dragging and dropping

    @Fred Rightclick the taskbar, and uncheck ‘show title’, and ‘show text’ 🙂

    Late answer I know, but might help someone in future.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for helping out our little community here.

  • Ro

    Or… you could just pin programs you frequently use to the taskbar.