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Quick Launch - Add to Taskbar in Windows 8

How to Add Quick Launch to the Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Quick Launch as a toolbar on your taskbar in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

You can have Quick Launch display with small or large icons on either side of the taskbar.

Note   Note
Quick Launch is located in the hidden folder path below.

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Tip   Tip
You can add more shortcuts into Quick Launch by using either method below.
  • Drag any shortcut, file, folder, drive over Quick Launch on the taskbar until you see either Move to Quick Launch or Create link in Quick Launch, then drop the item to create a shortcut of it in Quick Launch.
  • Open the hidden Quick Launch folder above, and create a new shortcut for the item in it.
To Remove a shortcut from within Quick Launch, you can right click on the shortcut from either taskbar or hidden folder location above and click on Delete.


EXAMPLE: Quick Launch on taskbar in Windows 8

QL.jpg





OPTION ONE

To Add "Quick Launch" to Taskbar in Windows 8


1. Go to your desktop.​
NOTE: You could press the :winkey: + D keys to do so.​
2. Right click or press and hold on an empty space on the taskbar of your main display, click/tap on Toolbars, and click/tap on New toolbar. (see screenshot below)​
QL-2.jpg
3. In the Folder line, copy and paste the location below, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)​
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
QL-3.jpg
4. You now have Quick Launch on the taskbar. If you like, you can do steps 5, 6, and/or 7 below to customize Quick Launch to how you like. (see screenshot below)​
QL-4.jpg
5. To Remove Text and Title from Items in Quick Launch
B) Right click or press and hold on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, then uncheck the Show Text and Show Title by clicking on them. (see screenshot below)​
QL-5.jpg
6. To Use Large or Small Icons for Items in Quick Launch
B) Right click or press and hold on the dotted separator line just to the left of Quick Launch, click/tap on View, and click/tap on Large Icons or Small Icons to check the one you want to use. (see screenshot below step 5B)​
7. To Move Quick Launch to the Left Side of the Taskbar
NOTE: If you had previously moved the taskbar to the left or right side of the screen, then you would be moving Quick Launch to the top of the taskbar instead.​
B) Left click and hold on the dotted separator line (ex: for pinned apps) on the far left side of the taskbar, then drag the pointer to the right of the dotted separator line for Quick Launch. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: Be sure to keep the pointer within the taskbar while dragging.
QL-6A.jpg
C) Drag the dotted separator line (ex: for pinned apps) now on the right side back to the left until you get to the edge of Quick Launch without condensing Quick Launch, then release. (see screenshots below)​
NOTE: Be sure to keep the pointer within the taskbar while dragging.
QL-6B.jpg
QL-6C.jpg
8. When finished, lock the taskbar.​




OPTION TWO

To Remove "Quick Launch" from Taskbar in Windows 8


1. Go to your desktop.​
NOTE: You could press the :winkey: + D keys to do so.​
2. Right click or press and hold on an empty space on the taskbar of your main display, click/tap on Toolbars, and click/tap on Quick Launch to uncheck it. (see screenshot below)​
QL_Remove.jpg


That's it,
Shawn


 

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