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How to Add a Toolbar to the Windows Vista Taskbar

If you have a folder that you need to access regularly, you can add a new toolbar — essentially a pop-up menu — to the Windows Vista taskbar. This new toolbar can take you directly to a folder and its subfolders. Using a series of cascading toolbars, you can navigate through the folder maze to individual files. If you have a bunch of folders that you navigate frequently, this little toolbar can really save a lot of time.

  1. Right-click any unused part of the taskbar and choose Toolbars→New Toolbar.

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    You see the New Toolbar dialog box.

  2. Navigate to the folder you want as the root of the pop-up menu and click Select Folder.

    The contents of this folder will appear on your new toolbar.

  3. Right click the new toolbar to see how the files and folders cascade.

  4. If you want to adjust the placement of the toolbar, unlock the taskbar. Then click and drag your new toolbar to its new location on the taskbar.

    Right-click an empty part of the taskbar and uncheck the line marked Lock the Taskbar to unlock it.

  5. When you’re happy with the result, right-click an unused spot on the taskbar and check Lock the Taskbar.

    If you change your mind and want to get rid of the new toolbar, right-click an open place on the taskbar, choose Toolbars, and uncheck the line that mentions the new toolbar.

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