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Get the XP Quick Launch Bar in Windows 10 with These Handy Tips

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There are plenty of features not included in Windows 10 that we miss from previous instalments of the OS, but one of the most notable missing features is the quick launch bar. We first saw the quick launch bar on Windows XP; it then became a default setting on Windows Vista, but Microsoft seemingly. decided to get rid of the super handy tool after the roll-out of Windows 7.

If you were one of the many people that loved having the quick launch bar on your desktop, the good news is that it’s still there – With a little bit of configuration, you can easily get it back up and running just like you remember it used to so many years ago. Here’s how to do exactly that in just a couple of quick steps.

Restoring Quick Launch

Step One: Go to any empty area on your task bar and right-click. Then go to “Toolbars” and click on “New Toobar”. See photo for reference.

This should open up the file explorer window.

Step Two: On the file explorer window, you’ll want to click on the address bar so that you can edit what it says. In that address bar, you’ll want to copy and paste this code before hitting enter: %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Step Three: Click on ‘Select Folder’, here:

and your quick launch bar will be displayed on the task bar; you should find it near the notifications/network area on the right-hand side.

This may not be an issue for you, but you might remember that the quick launch bar used to sit on the left-hand side with the Start button.

Step Four: If you’d like to move the quick launch bar back to where you’re used to it being, you’ll need to unlock it. To do that, simply right-click on any part of your new taskbar, then select “Lock Taskbar” from the options.

Once you’ve unlocked it, all you need to do is drag it over to the left side and let it go beside the Cortana icon, like this:

By now, you’ve probably noticed that the toolbar looks a little different than you remember it. If you’d like it to look a little more nostalgic, move on to the next step. Otherwise, you’re good to go!

Step Five: To make the icon for the quick launch bar look a little more like it used to, right-click on it and click on “Show Text” and “Show Title” to un-check them, here:

From there, your new toolbar should look cleaner and be ready for you to use whenever you’d like, just like you could a few years ago!

Why You Should Do It

In case you forgot just how handy the quick launch bar used to be (or never needed it), let us remind you why it might be a good idea to consider adding the quick launch taskbar:

  • If you’re someone who has a dozen different apps pinned at any given time, the quick launch bar is a nice, clean place to organize them.
  • The toolbar is super customizable. Whether you want to add a folder or shortcut, you can do it quickly and easily without having to rely on a third-party application like Winero Taskbar Pinner.
  • The quick launch toolbar organizes your apps so that you can quickly and easily tell what’s running versus what’s not.
  • The toolbar spaces your various applications apart so that you can easily distinguish them from one another. This rule remains even if you set the pinned icons to the smallest size possible.

And There You Have it!

As you can see, though there are a few steps to getting the quick launch bar to function properly in Windows 10, it’s not a difficult process. Whether you’re looking for a better way to organize your desktop or you’re just looking for a little bit of Windows nostalgia, this quick how-to guide has you covered.

Do you prefer being able to see all of you different apps or would you prefer to hide them but still be able to access them easily? Let us know in the comments section below.

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