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Problem with quick launch on the taskbar

  1. #1

    Problem with quick launch on the taskbar

    Hi to all,
    I am having a problem with this doggone windows 8 and I had gone to another help site to fix the problem. I had almost got the problem solved and lo and behold I cant access that site anymore. I will give the name of the site and the message I get if you need it.

    I was having a problem with my quick launch on the taskbar like in Vista. I had it fixed except the quick launch is now on the right and I donít have the little arrows that you use to put stuff on the quick launch. Also I donít have the desktop icon anymore. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    A screenshot would help.

    For the Desktop icon right click the Taskbar & click Properties & see the picture:

    Click image for larger version
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    Thanks for your reply David I will send a screenshot and you will notice there is no desktop icon or the little arrows. What I am trying to do is like in Vista I had only a few icons on the desktop and the rest were in the quick launch and I would hover over the little arrows on quick launch to open what ever site I wanted.
    Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version
    When I unlock the taskbar it is a different taskbar there is a dotted line to the far left that does nothing and I get the little arrows to the right but the Vista quick launch abilities are not there.
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    Posts : 21,858
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Jimmy,

    Step 7 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below can help with getting Quick Launch on the left side of the taskbar.
    See if turning off and on the Desktop toolbar to toggle it may add it back.

    Hope this helps for now,
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    By Jove that did the trick Thank you now what I would like to do is be able to put the desktop icon on the quick launch and it will be like Vista.
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    Posts : 21,858
    64-bit Windows 10

    While you can't have a toolbar in Quick Launch, you could copy the Desktop shortcut in Favorites (navigation pane) from your C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder into Quick Launch for the same thing if you like.
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    Posts : 273
    64-bit Windows 8

    Actually, the one in "Favorites" opens the Desktop FOLDER.

    The SHOW Desktop icon -- the one that minimizes all the windows -- is in the hidden "Default User" Quick Launch folder --

    "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch"

    Just copy it from there to your own Quick Launch or to anywhere else you like.

    Or, if what you want is the huge Desktop TOOLBAR, which contains just about everything, check the "Desktop" box as David Bailey showed above.
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    Posts : 21,858
    64-bit Windows 10

    It depends on if Jimmy wanted the Desktop toolbar (aka: Desktop folder) or Show Desktop shortcut in Quick Launch. I was thinking he wanted the Desktop toolbar since Show Desktop is already in Quick Launch by default.
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    Thanks Dragon Drop I tried that and it still does what David's did .This is definitely the one I want and I am trying to get.
    The SHOW Desktop icon -- the one that minimizes all the windows -- is in the hidden "Default User" Quick Launch folder --
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  10. #10

    Posts : 21,858
    64-bit Windows 10

    Odd, you should already have Show desktop in Quick Launch by default. If not, then you could create a shortcut for it using the tutorial below to add back to Quick Launch.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

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