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Quick Launch in Windows 7

First, unlock the Taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar and then click on Lock the taskbar to uncheck (unlock) it.

Right-click on the taskbar and then click on "Lock the taskbar" to uncheck (Unlock) it.
Right-click on the Taskbar.

Then click on Toolbars and then on New Tool Bar in the menu that pops up.

Right-click on the Taskbar. Then click on Toolbars and then on 'New Tool Bar' in the menu that pops up.
In the New Toolbar - Choose a folder window, click in the Folder: dialog box near the bottom of the window.

Copy the following

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Paste the above into the Folder: dialog box near the bottom of the Toolbar - Choose a folder window and then click on the Select Folder button.

In the New Toolbar - Choose a folder window, click in the Folder: dialog box near the bottom of the window.
Now you can grab the divider immediately to the left of Quick Launch and drag it out to the left. There will be two icons already present in the bar, Show Desktop and Switch Between Windows.
 
Drag the divider to expand your Quick Launch bar.
 I personally don't need the icon labels, so I turn them off by clicking on the Quick Launch bar anywhere you have an arrow (not a finger) and then click on Show Text to uncheck it.

You can get rid of the 'Quick Launch' text by clicking on Show Title to uncheck it.

Right click on the Quick Launch bar and then click on Show Text to uncheck it.
 
I also want larger icons, so I right click in the Quick Launch bar again and click on View and then click on Large Icons.
Right-click on the Quick Launch bar then click on View and then click on Large Icons.
 Now I can add shortcuts (drag and drop) to the Quick Launch bar that I don't want cluttering up my Taskbar or my Desktop.
Populated Quick Launch bar.
When I'm done adding icons, rearranging them, and resizing the Quick Launch bar, I can lock the taskbar again and be happy in the knowledge that I'm better organized...for once.

For those who don't want to read down through all the many comments, there is a solution to the problem with the Quick Launch disappearing on re-starting your system.  If you have the language bar on your task bar, there is a conflict and the Quick Launch suffers for it.  Moving the Language Bar off of the Task Bar solves the problem. 

Thanks for reading and I will be updating this page again once I've had a chance to use the final release of Windows 7.

 





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