How to Enable the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

September 9, 2010, By Fouad Bajwa

Microsoft has a long history of modifying and upgrading its series of Windows. There have been certain features available before that users expect to be continued in future versions of their operating systems. One such feature has been the Windows Quick Launch Toolbar facility that was introduced in Win 2000, has continued to be there in Windows XP and Windows Vista, but is not available in Windows 7 anymore.

Windows Quick Launch Toolbar

As weird (must be said we’re surprised and disappointed) as it may sound, the Quick Launch Toolbar is missing from the default install of Windows 7. But rest assured folks, we have found a simple way to get it back into the Windows Taskbar and we’ll share it with you below.

How to add the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

  1. First right-click on an area of the taskbar and choose Toolbars > New Toolbar. A new window will open and will ask you to choose a folder
  2. How-to Enable the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows version 7

    How-to Enable the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

  3. Now simply type or copy the location below and click the Select Folder button:
    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  4. How-to Enable the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows version 7

Once you follow the afore mentioned steps, you will immediately notice a Quick Launch bar on the taskbar located on the right side of the screen. In order to move it to the left side of the screen, click on the dotted lines and then drag the bar to the left.

Note that you need to right-click and unlock the taskbar before you can actually move the toolbar.

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