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Add the Quick Launch bar to Windows 7 or Vista

If you use the Windows Quick Launch bar or added it to Windows 7, there’s an easier way to add programs and other items to it than dragging them. Here’s how to add the Quick Launch option to the right-click context menu in Windows.

Move to Quick Launch

Add Quick Launch to Windows Context Menu

First use the keyboard shortcut WinKey + R to bring up the Run box and type: shell: SendTo and hit Enter or click OK.

Note: This works with Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Run

The SendTo folder will open in Explorer. Right click an empty area and select New > Shortcut.

New Shortcut

Then copy the following path into the item field and click Next.

  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Shortcut Path

Then give the shortcut a name – it’s Quick Launch by default.

Name Shortcut

When done, it should look something like this – with the Quick Launch folder shortcut listed.

quick Launch Folder in Send To

Now when you want to add a program or other item to the Quick Launch bar, just right-click it, and select Send To > Quick Launch.

Send To

There you go! Now you can easily access the item from the Quick Launch bar.

Audacity Quick Launch

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One Response to Add the Quick Launch bar to Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Alisha January 9, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Is it possible to add “Add to Quick Launch” to the main context menu (not through ‘Send’, that’s long, the same way “Pin to Taskbar” is in Windows 8?

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