Create a Custom Toolbar In Windows To Quickly Access Programs & Files

Create a Custom Toolbar In Windows To Quickly Access Programs & Files

We’ve previously covered Jumplist Launcher, a tool to quickly launch applications via Windows 7 taskbar, and FSL Launcher to remove desktop clutter by organizing and launching desktop shortcuts.

Although Windows 7 introduced the “pin to taskbar” feature to permanently place frequently used program shortcuts on the taskbar, there’s another way to access your favorite programs and apps without navigating to the start menu or desktop. It’s the built-in toolbar feature available in all Windows versions.

By creating a custom toolbar, you can easily access your favorite programs and organize them efficiently.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to create a custom toolbar in Windows.

1. Create a folder on your computer.

Create a Custom Toolbar In Windows To Quickly Access Programs & Files

To start, create sub-folders within the newly created folder. There is no limit to the number of sub-folders you can create. Provide each sub-folder with an appropriate name.

Create a Custom Toolbar In Windows To Quickly Access Programs & Files

3. Rename the new folder to “My Apps” and organize your frequently used program shortcuts into subfolders. For example, I moved Windows Live Writer, Skype, Chrome, Firefox, Picasa, Paint, and other applications to different sub-folders.

4. Right-click on the taskbar, go to Toolbars, and select New toolbar…

5. Choose the “My Apps” folder and click the “Select folder” button.

6. Now you will see double right-arrows (>>) on your taskbar, next to the system tray. Click on it to display the sub-folders in the My Apps folder. Hover your mouse over it to view the programs inside. Click on any program’s icon to quickly launch it.

8. Right-click on the taskbar where “My Apps” is written. Select “Open Folder” to quickly access the folder.

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Create a Custom Toolbar In Windows To Quickly Access Programs & Files

Note: Apart from making separate subfolders, you can move shortcuts directly to the main folder (“My Apps” in this case). This allows for better organization.

By following these steps, you can create a custom toolbar for easy, one-click access to the main tools and apps you use. [via Jeet Blog and Gizmo’s freeware]

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