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How To Add Program Shortcuts To The Quick Launch Bar

Since Windows 98, Microsoft added the Quick Launch Bar to our Taskbar. The Quick Launch Bar is actually a toolbar located just to the right of the Start Button. It essentially allows you to add and store shortcuts to all your favorite programs. When additional program shortcuts are added, you will have immediate access to them with a simple click of your mouse. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to add program shortcuts to The Quick Launch Bar as well as enable it if it has been accidentally disabled. For demonstration purposes, we will add the Window's Calculator to the Quick Launch Bar.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Locate the Calculator shortcut and position your mouse directly over it.
  6. Now Hold Down you left mouse button and Drag the Calculator icon into The Quick Launch Bar.
  7. Release your mouse button only when you are positioned between two existing shortcut icons.
  8. Notice how your your mouse cursor turns into a small black vertical line when properly positioned.
  9. This is what you want and this is when you Release your mouse button to complete the drag step.
  10. Now the Calculator shortcut will be available to you within the Quick Launch Bar.
  11. Note: If the Quick Launch bar does not exist on your Taskbar, here is how you can enable it.
  12. Simply Right Click an empty area on the Taskbar, Point to Toolbars, and then click Quick Launch.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse onto the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Locate the Calculator shortcut and position your mouse directly over it.
  5. Now Hold Down you left mouse button and Drag the Calculator icon into The Quick Launch Bar.
  6. Release your mouse button only when you are positioned between two existing shortcut icons.
  7. Notice how your mouse cursor turns into a small black vertical line when properly positioned.
  8. This is what you want and this is when you Release your mouse button to complete the drag step.
  9. Now the Calculator shortcut will be available to you within the Quick Launch Bar.
  10. Note: If the Quick Launch bar does not exist on your Taskbar, here is how you can enable it.
  11. Simply Right Click an empty area on the Taskbar, Point to Toolbars, and then click Quick Launch.
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