• Within the Programs folder and its subfolders, you can drag existing shortcuts from
one folder to another.
• To create a new shortcut, drag the executable file and drop it inside the folder you
want to use. Remember that if you want to create a shortcut for a document or
other nonexecutable file, right-drag the file and then select Create Shortcut(s) Here
when you drop the file.
• You can create your own folders within the Programs folder hierarchy and they’ll
appear as submenus within the All Programs menu.
• You can rename a shortcut the same way you rename any file.
• You can delete a shortcut the same way you delete any file.
Working with All Programs Menu Shortcuts Directly
Many of the chores listed in the previous section are more easily performed by working
directly within the All Programs menu itself. That is, you open the All Programs menu,
find the shortcut you want to work with, and then use any of these techniques:
• Drag the shortcut to another section of its current menu
• Drag the shortcut to another menu or to the Recycle Bin
• Right-click the shortcut and then select a command (such as Delete) from the
Customizing the Taskbar for Easier Program and
In Windows XP, the taskbar acts somewhat like a mini-application. The purpose of this
“application” is to display a button for each running program and to enable you to
switch from one program to another. And like most applications these days, the
taskbar also has its own toolbars that, in this case, enable you to launch programs and
Displaying the Built-In Taskbar Toolbars
In Service Pack 2, the Windows XP taskbar comes with five default toolbars:
Address This toolbar contains a text box into which you can type a local address
(such as a folder or file path), a network address (a UNC path), or an
Internet address. When you press Enter or click the Go button, Windows
XP loads the address into Windows Explorer (if you entered a local or
network folder address), an application (if you entered a file path), or
Internet Explorer (if you entered an Internet address). In other words,
this toolbar works just like the Address Bar used by Windows Explorer
and Internet Explorer.
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Links This toolbar contains several buttons that link to predefined Internet
sites. This is the same as the Links toolbar that appears in Internet
Windows Media Player This toolbar contains controls for playing media. When you activate this
toolbar, it appears when you minimize the Windows Media Player
Quick Launch This is a collection of one-click icons that launch Internet Explorer or
Media Player, or clear the desktop. Other applications—such as Microsoft
Office—also add icons to this toolbar.
Desktop This toolbar contains all the desktop icons, as well as an icon for Internet
Explorer and submenus for My Documents, My Computer, and My
To toggle these toolbars on and off, you must first right-click an empty spot on the
taskbar. In the shortcut menu that appears, click Toolbars and then click the toolbar you
want to work with.
Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options
After you’ve displayed a toolbar, there are a number of options you can set to customize
the look of the toolbar and to make the toolbars easier to work with. Right-click an empty
section of the toolbar and then click one of the following commands:
View This command displays a submenu with two options: Large Icons and
Small Icons. These commands determine the size of the toolbar’s icons.
For example, if a toolbar has more icons than can be shown given its
current size, switch to the Small Icons view.
Show Text This command toggles the icon titles on and off. If you turn on the titles,
it makes it easier to decipher what each icon does, but you’ll see fewer
icons in a given space.
Show Title This command toggles the toolbar title (displayed to the left of the
icons) on and off.
Creating New Taskbar Toolbars
In addition to the predefined taskbar toolbars, you can also create new toolbars that
display the contents of any folder on your system. For example, if you have a folder of
programs or documents that you launch regularly, you can get one-click access to those
items by displaying that folder as a toolbar. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Right-click an empty spot on the toolbar, and then click Toolbars, New Toolbar.
Windows XP displays the New Toolbar dialog box.
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