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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7, Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

Call me old fashioned.  Say I'm stuck in the past.  Whatever.  I just don't like a lot of the things Microsoft has done to the Windows interface/desktop over the years.  Every time I get a new computer or start up a new server certain things have to be done to make it usable, i.e. not annoying to me.  One of those things is to enable the Quick Launch bar.

So to add Quick Launch to any Windows 7 or Windows 2008 server do the following.
  1.  Right-click an empty area of the taskbar, select Toolbars, then click New toolbar.
  2. In the dialog box, enter %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch, then click Select Folder.
Now you can customize Quick Launch by displaying small icons, no labels, moving it, etc.

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