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Display the Quick Launch Bar

By: Arie Slob

If you've used another Microsoft OS before, and had a version of Internet Explorer > 3.x installed, chances are that you are familiar with the Quick Launch Bar. The Quick Launch Bar is an extra menu-bar on the Windows taskbar.

The Quick Launch bar makes it easy to access frequently used programs like Windows Media Player and your e-mail, and to open an Internet Explorer window. Windows XP loads several programs in the Quick Launch, including Show Desktop. One click on Show Desktop minimizes all the programs on your desktop. Another click restores them just as you'd left them.

By default, in Windows XP the Quick Launch Bar is switched off however. To display Quick Launch on the taskbar:

  1. Right-click the Start button and click Properties
  2. Select the Taskbar tab
  3. On the Taskbar tab, under Taskbar appearance, select the Show Quick Launch check box and click OK

Display the Quick Launch Bar

You can create shortcuts to frequently used programs on the Quick Launch bar by dragging & dropping the desired shortcut on the Quick Launch bar.