How to Open Word 2007 with the Quick Launch Toolbar

By Dan Gookin

You can start Word 2007 quickly and easily using the Quick Launch Toolbar. Located right next to the Start button on the taskbar, the Quick Launch Toolbar is a row of icons representing programs, which you can start with a single click of the mouse.

The Microsoft Office icons in the start menu.

1Locate the Word icon on the All Programs menu.

Don’t start Word now! Just point the mouse at the Word icon on the Start button’s All Programs menu or wherever else it may be found.

Menu that appears when you right-click the Word icon.

2Right-click the Microsoft Word menu item.

A pop-up menu appears.

3Choose Send To→Desktop (Create Shortcut).

Whew! The scary part is over. You haven’t changed anything, but you have added a new icon to the desktop.

4Click the mouse on the desktop.

The desktop is the background you see when you use Windows. Clicking the desktop hides the Start menu.

The Microsoft Word icon in the desktop.

5Locate the Microsoft Word shortcut icon.

That’s your shortcut to Word.

Word shortcut on Desktop.

6Place the Word icon on the Quick Launch Toolbar.

From the desktop, use the mouse to drag the Word icon to the Quick Launch Toolbar, and then release the mouse button to “drop” the icon.

7Start Word from the Quick Launch Toolbar.

Just point the mouse at the Word icon and click, and Word is summoned to the screen.