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How to Move Quick Launch Toolbar Icons to Windows 7 Taskbar

If you installed an older Vista (or Windows XP) program and it told you that it was putting an icon on the Quick Launch toolbar, you can track down that program’s icon and move it to the new and improved Windows 7 Taskbar. Part of the Windows 7 redesign is to have the taskbar as your primary quick launch location for your programs. Older programs just don’t know how to locate the Windows 7 taskbar folder without your help.

To move a quick launch toolbar icon to the taskbar, you need to locate the quick launch folder on your computer and move the icons to the taskbar folder.

  1. Click Start→Computer.

  2. Navigate to c:\users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.

    You can simply type the taskbar’s pathname into the address bar of the Computer window. Right-click the icon you want to stick on your taskbar, and choose Copy.

  3. Go to c:\users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\Taskbar.

    You can just drill down through the folders: Quick Launch→User Pinned→TaskBar.

  4. Right-click, and choose Paste.

  5. Log off the PC and log back on again.

    There’s your old icon, all shiny and new, sitting exactly where you expected.

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