Thank you for your polite response, but respectfully, you are incorrect. There is indeed a quick launch toolbar in Win7; MS just did not advertise because they wanted people to adapt to their new taskbar, which, as you said, was a melding between the two toolbars. I believe it can still be found in global settings, or can be activated using the hack Scott (Moderator) described above.
Frankly, MS got a LOT about Win7 right; it is a far superior OS to Vista (at least for user-friendliness). However, the new taskbar was not one of them. IMHO, it is a P*ss poor management system, with some active programs over here, some active programs over there, etc. QL is superior to the new taskbar, again IMHO. Ok, maybe not so humble...
Thank you again for your response, though!
Scott (Moderator) Thank you for the information! I will look for autohotkey in the near future.
GO WIN 7!