Adding and Removing Pinned Programs Documents and Folders

Programs that you use often (the ones that you might've had on the Quick Launch toolbar in the past) can be easily pinned to the taskbar so that a single click launches them . To open a program that is pinned to the taskbar, you don't need to open the Start menu or dig down to find a desktop shortcut. To pin a program to the taskbar, simply drag its icon or a shortcut (from the desktop, from the Start menu, or from any other folder) to the taskbar. Alternatively, right-click a program icon wherever you find it and choose Pin To Taskbar.

To remove a pinned program from the taskbar, right-click the pinned icon and choose Unpin This Program From Taskbar. This same command also appears on other shortcuts to the program, including those on the desktop and on the Start menu.

You can also pin frequently used documents and folders to the taskbar, using similar methods:

• To pin a document to the taskbar, drag its icon or a shortcut to the taskbar. If the taskbar already has a button for the program associated with the document, Windows adds the document to the Pinned section of the program's Jump List. (For more information about Jump Lists, see "Using Jump Lists on the Taskbar and Start Menu" on page 107 .) If the document's program is not on the taskbar, Windows pins the program to the taskbar and adds the document to the program's Jump List.

• To pin a folder to the taskbar, drag its icon or a shortcut to the taskbar. Windows adds the folder to the Pinned section of the Jump List for Windows Explorer.

• To open a pinned document or folder, right-click the taskbar button and then click the name of the document or folder.

• To remove a pinned document or folder from the Jump List, right-click the taskbar button and point to the name of the document or folder to be removed. Click the pushpin icon that appears


Restore the Quick Launch toolbar

Some habits die hard . If you just can't bear to give up the Quick Launch toolbar, you can display it in Windows 7 . To do so, add the hidden Quick Launch folder as you would any other folder. (For details, see "Using Additional Toolbars" on page 112 .) In the New Toolbar dialog box, type %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch in the Folder box.

To mimic the appearance of the Quick Launch toolbar in previous Windows versions, unlock the taskbar. (Right-click the taskbar and, if there's a check mark by Lock The Taskbar, choose that command.) Right-click the Quick Launch toolbar and clear the Show Title and Show Text commands. Then drag the handle (the dotted line) on the left side of the Quick Launch toolbar so that it's next to the Start button, and drag the handle on the right side of the toolbar to set the width you want. Then relock the taskbar

If you later decide you don't need the Quick Launch toolbar after all, right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars, Quick Launch to remove the check mark and the toolbar.


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