All You Need to Know About The Quick Launch Menu in Windows

By Rimzhim Sharma March 29, 2017 Windows

In this post, we’re going to show you how to add programs to the Quick Launch bar in Windows 10 using an option found in ‘Send To’ menu that sends shortcut to Quick Launch bar. This procedure is applicable for Windows 7 and 8.

Here you go!

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Add the Quick Launch Option to Send to Menu

1. Press Windows+R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type shell:sendto in the text box and click the “OK” button or hit enter.


2. The SendTo folder opens in Windows Explorer. Right-click anywhere on the empty area in the right pane and go to New > Shortcut.


3. In this Create Shortcut dialog box, enter the following path into the “Type the location of the item” box. Then, click “Next” to continue.


%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

4. The name of the shortcut defaults to the name of the folder Quick Launch. Type in any name of your choice and click “Finish” to create the shortcut.



5. The Quick Launch shortcut will now be added to the SendTo folder.


Add an Application to the Quick Launch Bar

1. In File Windows Explorer, find the executable (.exe) file for the application you want to add. Generally, the executable files are found in folder C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86).

2. As soon as you find the .exe file, right-click on that file and go to Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).


3. Right-click on the shortcut and select Send to > Quick Launch.


4. You will now see the application on the Quick Launch menu. If you’re unable to see it, click the double arrow button to see the rest of the Quick Launch menu.


5. If you want the application displayed on the Taskbar, you can simply drag and drop the application item from the popup list to the Taskbar.


6. If you decide to remove an application from the Quick Launch bar, simply open File (or Windows) Explorer, navigate to the Quick Launch folder.

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

7. Select the shortcut for the applications you want to remove and press the Delete key.


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Now that you’ve added the application to the Quick Launch bar, you can now quickly access your applications without cluttering up your Taskbar or Desktop.

Simple, isn’t it? If you still face any trouble then give us a call us on our toll-free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) so that our tech experts can resolve your queries.




Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."