Little Vista Tip: Quick Launch Quick Launch Items CodeUnit 29 OCT 2009

So we all know about the cool little Quick Launch panel sitting on the left hand side of the Taskbar (just next to the Windows Start button) at the bottom of the screen, which usually holds a variety of shortcuts to ‘often used applications’ (like Internet Explorer for example) and applications for which you simply weren’t bothered to uncheck the ‘Add Quick Launch’ option when you installed them.

But did you know that you can quick launch your Quick Launch items?

No?

Well it’s quite simple really. Look at the sequence of the items on your Quick Launch bar. See the ‘Show Desktop’ shortcut sitting at position 1? Well hold down the Windows key and press 1.

Back again? This obviously applies to all options sitting in your Quick Launch bar, so using the example image below, Windows key + 3 would result in Windows Media Player launching.

Windows Quick Launch Menu

Nifty!

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  • That is indeed nifty! Nice trick there Craig.

  • That is indeed nifty! Nice trick there Craig.

  • Yeah, can’t believe I didn’t know of that one! :)

  • Yeah, can’t believe I didn’t know of that one! :)

  • the Quick Launch Toolbar. It’s one of my favorite things ever! And up until just a few days ago, I really missed it when working on some of the Windows Vista computers here in the office. Like the person who asked today’s question and I went on a research rampage and found some great information

  • the Quick Launch Toolbar. It’s one of my favorite things ever! And up until just a few days ago, I really missed it when working on some of the Windows Vista computers here in the office. Like the person who asked today’s question and I went on a research rampage and found some great information