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Old 03-13-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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As I'm sure most people know, Windows 7 does not have the Quick Launch bar active by default. I've gotten along for years without it but today, I decided that I'd like to have it. One reason is that I have mulitple versions of Firefox installed (one old (regular) version and 2 relatively recent portable versions) and I've changed the standard desktop shortcut icon for each so that I can tell the difference with a quick glance but when you pin the shortcuts to the taskbar, the standard icon is what is used rather than the one I've chosen.

I knew that the Quick Launch bar could be established in Windows 7 because I'd set it up for my sister on her systems but I couldn't remember exactly how to do it. I did quick browser search and found the instructions and followed them (I think) correctly but, all of a sudden none of the stuff I'd pinned to the taskbar would open which was really annoying--it's also kind of funny because until a short time ago, I never could understand why my sister (and others) pinned everything to the taskbar but now I like the approach so having it taken away was irritating.

I eventually fiddle my way to getting things to work as they should--pinned taskbar items would open and the Quicklaunch bar was established and working.



I have a couple of questions that I hope someone can help me with:


1. Could anyone running Windows 7 (Win 8/8.1 might be the same but I'm not sure) and not using QuickLaunch please take a look in the following location and tell me if there is a "Quick Launch" subfolder in the "Internet Explorer" folder: yourwindowsuserprofile\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer (Note: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ is the default location for QuickLaunch)



2. If there is a "Quick Launch" subfolder, is there a "User Pinned" subfolder in the "Quick Launch" folder? The "User Pinned" folder should contain a "TaskBar" subfolder which lists all the items pinned to the taskbar.



Basically, after I finished fiddling around, I ended up with the "Internet Explorer" folder containing 2 subfolders--"Quick Launch" and "User Pinned"--rather than "User Pinned" being a subfolder of "Quick Launch". While, as I noted, things are working ok, I'm trying to figure out how things were set up prior to my mucking about...'-}}


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Old 03-13-2017, 07:00 PM   #2
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I can't find any evidence of QuickLaunch on the taskbar but I do have a Quick Launch folder in the location you've described.

The User Pinned folder contains these folders:

ImplicitAppShortcuts
Which contains a folder named 7e4dca80246863e3, which in turn contains a shortcut to control panel

StartMenu
Shortcuts to Adobe Acrobat X Pro and Snipping tool, which are the first two items at the top of the Start button pop-up menu. There's lots more schtuff on that menu but that's all that's in this folder.

TaskBar (contains shortcuts to the stuff on ... you'll never guess ... no really ... go ahead ... try ... YES! My task bar!!!)

   
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:23 AM   #3
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steve: but I do have a Quick Launch folder in the location you've described.
Thanks! I think that the QL folder is created as part of the Win7 install but I wasn't sure so this confirms it.

Is "User Pinned" a subfolder of "Quick Launch"--I suspect it is? I lost the "ImplicitAppShortcuts" folder and the "Start Menu" folder when I was fiddling about but things still work. I'd never seen/heard of "ImplicitAppShortcuts" before yesterday and rooting around online looking for info, my impression is that it can cause more problems than not. The "Start Menu" folder doesn't have much useful stuff in it so I've not tried to recreate it.

I can't figure why my taskbar got so screwed up but I suspect that it might have been because I was following a "How To Geek" tutorial and later learned from a sevenforums.com tutorial that the location in the "HTG" tutorial was not quite correct. At this point, my "Task Bar" folder is a subfolder in "User Pinned" and the "User Pinned" folder is not a subfolder of "Quick Launch" and since all is working ok, I'm not going to muck with it...'-}}


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Old 03-15-2017, 09:15 AM   #4
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>> Is "User Pinned" a subfolder of "Quick Launch"

Yes.

It's all stock here. I haven't messed with the folder structure ever, or even looked at it until YOU started stirring up trouble, Missy. ;-)

   
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:54 PM   #5
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steve: Yes.
Thanks for the confirmation...'-}}



>>I haven't messed with the folder structure ever, or even looked at it until YOU started stirring up trouble, Missy. ;-)

LOL!!! I hope I've given you some ideas--good, bad or ugly...'-}}



What I'd really like to know...is why the hell is the "Quick Launch" folder a subfolder of "Internet Explorer"???



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Old 03-16-2017, 03:49 AM   #6
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What I'd really like to know...is why the hell is the "Quick Launch" folder a subfolder of "Internet Explorer"???
The consensus of opinion seems to be that this goes all the way back to Win 98 when Microsoft did a volte face on the internet and decided it was not an irrelevance but the future.

They introduced the Active Desktop which as it was internet oriented was driven by Internet Explorer. The location of the quick launch folders has stuck with Internet Explorer even though the active desktop died.

I am no expert. It is only what I gleaned from looking for info on ImplicitAppShortcuts which remain a mystery to me.


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Old 03-16-2017, 07:42 AM   #7
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What Barrie said. I'm buying some of that too.

   
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steve: I'm buying some of that too.
It's well worth the money and...so tasty too...'-}}


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Old 03-16-2017, 02:13 PM   #9
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barrie: They introduced the Active Desktop which as it was internet oriented was driven by Internet Explorer. The location of the quick launch folders has stuck with Internet Explorer even though the active desktop died.
Ahhhh...that does have a certain logical sense--one of the first things I did was shut down/off "Active Desktop" which I considered to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in Windows and it gave me the willies just thinking about it (and the associated possible security hole)...'-}}



>> It is only what I gleaned from looking for info on ImplicitAppShortcuts which remain a mystery to me.

I'd never seen ImplicitAppShortcuts until the other day and after an (admittedly brief) investigation, I still don't understand what it's used for except as a sort of temporary holding area for a shortcut. As I noted, I deleted the folder and so far, things are running properly...



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Old 03-14-2017, 03:36 AM   #10
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Default Qucik Launch

Win7/64

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ImplicitAppShortcuts is empty

StartMenu has a link to XAMPP which is the only item pinned to the Start Menu

TaskBar has links to everything on the taskbar

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