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How to Add a Toolbar to the Windows 7 Taskbar

One of the ways you can make Windows 7 work for you is by adding toolbars to the taskbar along the bottom of the desktop. The new and improved taskbar is one of the biggest changes in Windows 7; it's your entry to the most commonly used programs in Windows.

Windows 7 makes it easy for you to personalize your workspace. When you first start using Windows 7, none of its built-in toolbars are added to the taskbar. You can, however, add any of the following toolbars:

  • Address toolbar: You can use this to directly enter pathnames for files and folders you want to open or URL addresses for Web pages.

  • Links toolbar: Create a toolbar of links to your favorite Web pages by dragging the favicon (the image to the left of the Web address) to a place on the toolbar.

  • Tablet PC Input Panel toolbar: Create a toolbar (a button, actually) that opens the Input Panel on the Windows 7 desktop, where you can write your entries.

    You need to be running Windows 7 on a Tablet PC laptop computer for this option to work.

  • Desktop toolbar: Gives you access to all the desktop items on your computer.

To add any (or all) of these toolbars to your taskbar, right-click an empty location on the taskbar and then choose Toolbars from the pop-up menu that appears, followed by the name of the toolbar to add.

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