The Quick Launch feature has been disabled by default in Windows 7 by Microsoft. Some users like Quick Launch as a way to quickly start programs from the Windows taskbar. The reasoning behind disabling Quick Start is likely the new Windows 7 taskbar which can be used to pin programs to the taskbar so that they can be launched directly from there.
The main benefit of using the Quick Launch bar is that it takes up less space than the pinned taskbar items. Quick Launch is still available as a feature in the operating system, only that it needs to be enabled by the user before it becomes available.
Here is how the Quick Launch toolbar is enabled in Windows 7. Right-click on the Windows taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar.
This opens a file browser window. Just enter the following folder path into the folder field of the browser and click the Select Folder button afterwards.
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
The Quick Launch toolbar is placed next to the system clock and system tray area in the operating system. It displays Quick Launch and clickable arrows. The arrows open the Quick Launch program list, which means that programs can be started with two clicks, a disadvantage over pinned taskbar programs which can be started with one click.
The Quick Launch toolbar can be modified to display only the program icons so that programs can be launched with just one click.
To do that right-click the toolbar again, select Lock Toolbar to unlock the toolbar and remove the two options Show Title and Show Text from the context menu. The Quick Launch bar can be removed again by clicking on Toolbars > Quick Launch.
Besides using up less space on the taskbar, Quick Launch can also be useful if you want to launch programs from the right lower side of the operating system. Since pinned taskbar items are displayed on the lower left side, it may make sense to add some program shortcuts to the quick launch area to speed up program starts.
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