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Friday, December 17, 2004

Quick launch

quick_launch.jpg Earlier tonight I added an item to my quick launch bar. Much to my dismay, I managed to mess up the quick launch in the process. I did something, what it was, I have no idea. But, does anyone ever know what they did when they mess up their quick launch?

Well, in trying to figure out how to fix the problem, I made it worse by totally disconnecting it from the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Then, I further made it worse by snapping it to the top of the screen. By that point my heart was beating wildly with fear (that special fear that Windows users are well acquainted with).

After I managed to take a few deep breaths and slow down my heart rate, I decided to Google the problem for a solution. Of the over two million hits, I thought Taskbar Repair Tool Plus! sounded good. There I spotted a link for a clickable VB script file titled, "Restore to XP Default."

Usually, I'm very cautious about downloading programs from unknown sources, but I noticed that the program was mentioned on TechTV and the author got help from Doug Knox, and figured that was good enough for me. I clicked the script and ran it.

Of course, had I actually been paying attention to what I was doing, I would have realized that wasn't at all what I needed. But, too late now. By doing so, I restored my taskbar to the Windows default. Minus the quick launch. The quick launch was no where to be found. Gone. Vanished. Vamoosed. Ar.

Never one to throw out the computer in a crisis before clicking every possible button and dragging and dropping willy nilly, I went to "toolbars" by right clicking the mouse on the taskbar, where I was able to enable quick launch. And, walla, my original quick launch was back in place (between the start button and taskbar) with all my programs alphabetized. It should be noted the programs weren't previously alphabetized. But, I was thinking of doing that, anyway.

So, thank you, Kellys-Korner-XP guy (or gal). I see you have a lot of other helpful tips there which I'll be exploring in the future.

Posted by Marie at December 17, 2004 11:23 PM

Comments I the only one on the planet who likes his quick-launch at the top, and set to auto-hide?

Posted by: ben at December 18, 2004 11:59 AM

Pretty amusing. I especially liked the reference to TechTV -- now there's a blast out of my own past.

Posted by: Dan at December 24, 2004 1:37 AM