Quick Launch toolbar provides a method to group similar apps without clogging up the taskbar with pinned shortcuts to other apps.

The Quick Launch bar, for example, in Windows XP allowed users to quickly access frequently-used apps and files without clogging the taskbar.

While it’s not included in Windows 10 by default, you can still add it manually by following the steps in this article.

Add the Quick Launch Bar to Windows 10

1. Right-click on an empty area on the taskbar. Hover over the “Toolbars” and select “New Toolbar.” This will open a file explorer window.

2. Click the address bar on the file explorer window to enable editing, then copy and paste this path (%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch) into the file explorer’s address bar and hit enter.

3. Click the “Select Folder” button, and the Quick Launch bar will now appear on the taskbar near the network and notifications section.

4. In earlier versions the Quick Launch bar sat on the left side near the start button, so we’ll need to move it there to make it look as it appeared on Windows XP. To move Quick Launch we’ll need to unlock it first. Right-click on a space on the taskbar and select “Lock the Taskbar” from the pop-up menu.

5. Now you can drag the Quick Launch toolbar to the left and place it next to the Cortana icon.

One thing you’ll notice is that the Quick Launch icon is missing; just the title “Quick Launch” will appear. While there is no easy way to bring the icon back, you can customize the settings to make it look like it did back in the XP days. To do so, right-click on the Quick Launch bar and untick “Show text” and “Show title.”

6. Now your Quick Launch toolbar will appear clean, more organized, and ready for use. To add an item, just drag it until you see the message, “Add to Quick Launch.”


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