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Windows 7 - How to Add Toolbars to the Taskbar


Keeping your computer secure in a public place is a must. While you can lock your computer at any time by pressing the Windows Key and "L" before you leave the computer, there may be some times when you forget to do it. If you want to ensure that your computer is safe from any unwanted visitors when you're not present, you can configure it to lock automatically after a specified amount of time. When you return to the computer, you'll need to enter your login password again to continue work. Configuring Windows 7 to do this is very easy via the screen saver options.

Windows 7 - How to Add Toolbars to the Taskbar

The taskbar is one of the most frequently used parts of the Windows 7 operating system. Customizing it can make your computer more suitable for the way in which you use it. Adding your own toolbars to the taskbar is a straightforward process. Windows 7 provides a choice off toolbars which can be added to the taskbar with just a couple of clicks. Some programs, such as iTunes, also provide their own toolbars allowing quick and easy access to them as well as their main features. You can also add your own custom toolbars, including the old Quick Launch feature which was removed from the default Windows 7 taskbar.

1 - Adding Other Windows Toolbars
To add a new Windows toolbar to the taskbar, all you need to do is right-click anywhere on an unoccupied area of the taskbar, open the "Toolbars" menu and choose from the list which pops up.
If you have enough available space on your taskbar, you may find the "Address" toolbar useful. This allows you to enter any web address or directory on your computer. Typing in a web address and pressing Enter will open up that address in your default web browser, whether or not it is Microsoft Internet Explorer. Typing a system directory will bring up a Windows Explorer window.
The "Links" toolbar is really only of any use if you use Microsoft Internet Explorer for browsing the Internet, since it only displays saved links from that program. Unless you have a tablet pc, you can ignore the "Tablet PC Input Panel" toolbar since this only provides features for tablet computers. The "Desktop" toolbar simply displays the icons on the desktop. This can be useful if you have your desktop icons hidden.

2 - Adding the Quick Launch Toolbar
The Quick Launch toolbar was removed by default from Windows 7. To return it, you'll need to create a new toolbar and specify the folder containing the relevant shortcuts as "C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" where USER NAME should be replaced by the name of your user account. To remove the text labels and titles from the toolbar, you'll need to right-click on the taskbar and deselect "Lock the taskbar." Right-click on the Quick Launch toolbar and deselect "Show text" and "Show title." You can also drag it across to the left-hand side of the taskbar so it's exactly the same as in previous editions of Windows.

3 - Adding Other Toolbars
Adding other toolbars is done in the same way as the previous step. This feature can actually be quite a powerful and effective way of personalizing your computer. If you unlock the taskbar, you can also increase the size of it by dragging the top of it upwards to give you more space.

To add your own toolbar, navigate to the directory containing the shortcuts you want to display. If, for example, you're feeling nostalgic for the Windows 3.1 Program Manager, you can create a folder (or multiple) folders on your computer containing shortcuts to all of your programs. You can then add these folders to the taskbar, allowing you to launch them with just one click, rather than having to open the start menu.

 

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