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Chapter 6. Organizing Your Work > Start Button and Quick Launch Bar Management

Start Button and Quick Launch Bar Management

Something every Windows adept wants to do is cut down on clicks and unnecessary mousing about. Clicks are annoying. Why should you have to maneuver through all those menus just to find the programs you run every day? There are three easy shortcuts you should know about for running your oft-used programs: the Start button, the Desktop, and the Quick Launch bar. I'll take them in order.

When you install new programs, their setup utilities will typically create a shortcut icon on the Desktop so you can easily launch the program by clicking it. However, this is a bummer for a couple of reasons. For starters, it clutters the Desktop. Secondly, it's a hassle to get back to the Desktop because it can be obscured by whatever windows you might have open. This was the whole reason for the Start menu in the first place—it's always visible. Even if it's set on AutoHide, simply moving the pointer to the bottom of the screen causes it to reappear.


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