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Restoring the Quick Launch menu for Windows 7

One thing I really have grown accustomed to is the Quick Launch menu and easily opening multiple Windows Explorer windows across my 2 and 3 monitor setups.

Both of these are noticeably missing in Win7. 

Step 1: Get back the Quick Launch menu

  • Right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars-->New Toolbar.
  • In Folder text box copy and paste the following:
        %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Right-click the Taskbar, uncheck Lock the Taskbar, and right-click on the new Quick Launch toolbar. Uncheck Show Text and Show Title, click View-->Small Icons
  • Drag the toolbar divider all the way to the left of the taskbar to position it next to the Windows Orb, adjust the spacing on the taskbar as necessary
  • End result:

Step 2: Add Windows Explorer

  •  Click the Orb, then All Programs-->Accessories
  • Right-click to select and drag Windows Explorer () to the Quick Launch toolbar, then release
  • Select Copy Here from the pop-up menu
  • Right-click the Windows Explorer icon (), then click Properties
  • Add the following to the end of the command in Target:     /e,
  • The command should look like this:  %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,


  • Click OK
  • Now, when you click on the Windows Explorer icon you'll see this:


        Screenshot courtesy of Virtual PC 2007 and MWSnap

  • Best of all, you can keep clicking the Windows Explorer icon and get new Windows Explorer windows

Note:  By holding the Shift key and clicking on the Explorer button you can also open a new window.  Clicking with the middle button does the same.  But, by default Explorer opens Libraries.