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Quickly Edit Quick Launch Icons in Windows XP/2003

How can I quickly edit the items in the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 2000/XP/2003?

The Quick Launch toolbar is the area that’s just right to the Start menu button, and where you can place your own shortcuts to some of your most used applications.

Launching applications in this manner is much faster then having to go through the Start menu and clicking your way around. You just place your shortcut or application in the Quick Launch toolbar, and then you can fire it away with just one click.

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Adding items to the Quick Launch toolbar is easy. All you have to do is drag and drop to it. I prefer dragging with the right mouse button, that way you have more control over the action that being performed. Read more about it on the Quickly Add Quick Launch Icons in Windows XP/2003 article.

Thing is that you might also need to edit the items that are in the Quick Launch toolbar, delete some, add others, and also change their properties or startup options. Since the Quick Launch is in fact a folder, it can be easily opened and used to manually edit and add items to it.

Windows 2000/XP/2003 store the Quick Launch toolbar folder in the following place:

​"C:\Documents and Settings\Daniel\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch"

You can manually navigate to that path, but an easier way is found in the Windows context menu.

Just right-click an empty spot on the Quick Launch toolbar and select "Open Folder".

The Quick Launch folder will open and there you will be able to perform various tasks such as adding icons, renaming icons and applications, creating sub-folders and so on.

For example, I can change the display icon for the following shortcut:

And the result will be like this:


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3 responses to “Quickly Edit Quick Launch Icons in Windows XP/2003”

  1. […] Once you open it (or any program) there are a few things you can do to make the program more accessible and quicker to get to, so you don’t have to keep doing the above steps.  [This is where I found something out that was new to me.] Once you open PowerShell it opens up in the taskbar of Windows.  If you have Windows 7 you know Microsoft greatly improved the function of the taskbar. When a program is opened you can actually “pin this program to the taskbar”, which is similar to adding it to the quick launch toolbar from Windows XP. […]

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