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How to Enlarge the Windows Vista Quick Launch Toolbar

There’s no need to settle for Windows’ bone-stock Quick Launch toolbar. Adding programs, files, or folders that you want to get at quickly is a great way to make the Quick Launch toolbar work for you. Once you start adding to things to the Quick Launch toolbar, it won’t take long before you run out of room for icons. Fortunately, there's an easy way to make more room.

Although keeping the number of icons manageable is important so that you can readily remember what each one does, you might find that feelings of claustrophobia rapidly overcome deficiencies in long-term memory.

Give your icons more elbowroom:

  1. Right-click any open spot on the Windows taskbar.

  2. Uncheck the line that says Lock the Taskbar.

    A domino pattern of dots appears, marking the edges of the Quick Launch toolbar.

    Drag the dots to resize the Quick Launch toolbar.
    Drag the dots to resize the Quick Launch toolbar.
  3. Drag the dots left or right to make the Quick Launch toolbar area big enough to see all the icons. (At this point, don't worry if this seems huge.)

    You might want to drag the entire Windows taskbar up so it occupies two or even three rows so that you can see things more clearly.

  4. Delete any useless icons.

    Both Vista and your computer manufacturer load this area with things they want you to see. In addition, many software applications automatically load an icon here whether you want it or not. Get rid of anything here that you don't use on a daily basis.

    To remove a program from the Quick Launch toolbar, right-click it and choose Delete. That does not delete the program from your computer; it only deletes the icon on the toolbar.

  5. Drag the dots left or right to make the Quick Launch toolbar area as big or small as you prefer.

  6. When the Quick Launch toolbar is the right size for you and in the location you want, right-click any unused part of the Windows taskbar and check the line that says Lock the Taskbar.

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