The Quick Launch bar in Windows XP and Vista allowed you to access your frequently used apps and other files easily. Adding the Quick Launch toolbar also provides a method to group similar apps without clogging up the taskbar with pinned shortcuts to other apps.
While it’s not included in Windows 10 by default, you can still add it manually by following the steps in this article.
Add the Quick Launch Bar to Windows 10
- Right-click and empty area on the taskbar and go to Toolbars > New Toolbar.
- Navigate to C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Or, to make things easier, copy and paste the following path into the File Explorer address bar and hit Enter and click the Select Folder button:
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
- The Quick Launch bar will appear next to the notification area of the taskbar.
- You can leave it where it is, or, if you want it to look like it did in previous versions of Windows, right-click the taskbar again and make sure that Lock all taskbars in unchecked.
- Now you can drag it over to the left and place it next to Start or the Cortana icon.
- Then grab the other end of it and drag it to the left so the icons on your taskbar appear as well. If this is the first time you’ve tried moving toolbars around it can be a bit tricky, but if you try it a couple of times it’s easy to pick up. I also recommend locking all taskbars after you’re done putting it where you want.
- If you want the Quick Launch bar to look like it did back in the XP days, right-click on it and uncheck both Show Text and Show Title. That makes for a more clean and organized look.
- Now you can use the Quick Launch bar just like in previous versions of Windows. To add an app or other items, just drag it over until you see the message Move to Quick Launch.
If you add several items, just click the arrow icon to bring up the list items you have in the bar. And, if you’re still running Windows 7 and would like to get the Quick Launch bar back check out our article here.
What’s your take? Do you like the new user interface of Windows 10 or do you prefer the familiarity of Windows 7 or earlier? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.