How do I add or remove an icon in Windows Quick Launch?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows logoQuick Launch has been included with every version of Windows since Windows 98. This feature allows users to open their favorite programs or Internet browsers by clicking on an icon in the taskbar or using a shortcut key combination. To add or remove a shortcut from the Quick Launch bar, find your version of Windows and follow the steps in that section.

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

Windows 10 taskbar

Adding shortcuts to Quick Launch

Drag the shortcut or app you'd like to add to the Quick Launch section of the taskbar.

or

  1. Right-click on the app or program you want to add to Quick Launch
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click More, and then Pin to taskbar.

Removing shortcuts from Quick Launch

  1. Right-click any shortcut in the Quick Launch tray.
  2. Select Unpin from taskbar.

Windows 98, 2000, and XP

Windows 98 taskbar

Adding shortcuts to Quick Launch

Drag the shortcut you want to add to Quick Launch section of the taskbar.

or

  1. Right-click on an empty portion of the Quick Launch and then select Open folder to display the icons stored in the Quick Launch directory.
  2. Once the Quick Launch folder is open, create new shortcuts in it or drag and drop existing shortcuts.

Removing shortcuts from Quick Launch

To remove icons from Quick Launch, right-click the icon you want to delete, and then select Delete.

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