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Add a Quick Launch Feature to Windows 7 the Easy Way

Do you miss having the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7? Now you can get that functionality back with the highly customizable free utility SE-TrayMenu.

Note: SE-Tray Menu comes in exe file and portable versions.

Initial Look & Setting SE-TrayMenu Up

Installing SE-TrayMenu is quick and easy…once you have finished you will see a small “Light Bulb Icon” in the “System Tray Area”. Simply hold your mouse over it to see the default layout, theme, and apps available.


To keep it visible at all times you should open the “Notification Area Icons Window” and change the setting to “Show icon and notifications”.


To access the settings for SE-TrayMenu, right click on the “System Tray Icon”.


The first thing that you will probably want to do is decide if you would like for SE-TrayMenu to start with Windows each time, the type of layout that best suits your needs (you can personalize how SE-TrayMenu looks very nicely with this), and the color theme.


The next thing is to start adding in the apps that you want quick access to. Here you can see the default group along with their “Target Paths”.


Click on the arrow portion of the “Add Button” to access the “Drop Down Menu”. The quickest and most convenient option is to select “Add applications from Start Menu…”.


Once you have selected “Add applications from Start Menu…”, you will see the following window. Scroll through the list and select the apps that you would like to add to SE-TrayMenu. When you are finished click “OK”.


Now you can see your new app list. From here you can remove any apps that you do not need, add more apps, or edit the ones on the list. Click “Close” when you are finished.


With a new theme, layout, and additional apps, our setup turned out very nicely.



If you are looking for a way to add the Quick Launch feature to Windows 7, then SE-TrayMenu provides a quick and easy way to do it. It will also work with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. While this is an easy way to add Quick Launch functionality, make sure and read our article on how to Add the Real Quick Launch Bar to Windows 7.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/17/09

Comments (7)

  1. eezdva

    Hey love this . It’s working great. Doesn’t seem heavy.

    Wished I could use it in the taskbar as another jumplist thing.

  2. eezdva

    Ok need to edit. Whenever I restart . The icons are back to the default. Sadly . Cause I love it.

  3. Patrick

    That’s cool, let’s try

  4. FifteeenLetters

    It’s cool. Also a nice tool like this is default Start menu in Windows. Just make small icons, don’t keep history of recent apps and make a list of applications you want. And you don’t need to install anything. Ofcourse it’s only if you need a list view and don’t use recent apps and docs list.

  5. Chris

    Where do you find show desktop. That’s the whole reason I want a program like this.

  6. Dean

    Chris, “Show Desktop” is the little clear rectangle to the right of the clock – i.e. the rightmost tip of the taskbar.

    And, you can very easily make your own “Quick Launch” bar in Windows 7. Just create a new folder (say, call it “Quick Launch”, and put it in your profile (username) folder). Put the shortcuts you want in it. Go to the taskbar; unlock it; right-click, Toolbars->create new toolbar; choose the folder you made; drag and resize the new toolbar to where you want it (relative to the whole bar); and lock the toolbar again. Voila.

  7. Dean


    “Show Desktop” is also in the right-click context menu if you right-click on any empty spot on the taskbar.

    R.e. Quick Launch, there is an “official” Quick Launch directory, with the usual quick-launch icons pre-installed in it (IE, Show Desktop, Switch Tasks…) at the location:

    (Your profile directory)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

    This is also where programs or installers will put shortcuts if they tell you they’re adding a quick launch shortcut (e.g. Firefox puts a shortcut there when you install it).

    However, other than that, I’m not sure there’s any difference between using the “Official” quick launch folder, and just making your own. Can anyone comment on that?

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