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What happened to Quick Launch in Windows 7?

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The Windows 7 Taskbar

The Windows 7 Taskbar

Question: What happened to Quick Launch in Windows 7?

If you've moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, you may have noticed the absence of the "Quick Launch" toolbar, the little icons just to the right of the Start button that served as one-click access to things like Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer and Show Desktop.

Answer:

The bad news is that the Quick Launch toolbar is gone, and you can't get it back anymore. But don't fear; Quick Launch has been replaced by something better. It's called the Taskbar, and is easier to use, with a lot more functionality than Quick Launch. The Taskbar is the long blue bar at the bottom of the screen, and you can add programs to them very simply, through "Pinning" -- a Taskbar Pinning tutorial is here.

The Taskbar also does many things Quick Launch didn't. Among the upgrades:

  • It shows several open instances of a given program at once

  • Gives a "sneak peek" into those open windows

  • Shows all your pinned programs, not just the default three of Quick Launch.

The Taskbar will definitely make your Windows 7 experience better.

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