A Windows toolbar can be created for any folder on your computer. Having a Windows toolbar for those files and programs you use regularly can be a time saver. With this tutorial we will create a Windows toolbar for browser shortcuts but the methods can be adapted to create a Windows toolbar for your favourite folder, the working copy of your website or even to have one for your web favourites.
This tutorial was originally created for the Website Development Training Class
If you just want to create a Windows toolbar for a folder already on your hard drive, skip down to section Create a Windows Toolbar.
Creating a Windows Toolbar – Preparation
A. Make a Folder
- Create a folder somewhere on your hard drive and name it Browsers.
Mine is in the My Documents folder.
B. Create Browser Shortcuts in Browser Folder
- In the new Browsers folder, right click and select New then Shortcut from the popup menu.
A dialog box appears called Create Shortcut.
- Click the Browse button.
A dialog box appears called Browse for Folder.
- Navigate to the folder containing the exe file for the browser you wish to add the shortcut for. Program files are usually located on the C: drive in the Program Files folder. In the Program Files folder are folders for the programs on your computer.
e.g. Mozilla Firefox On my system I click the plus sign in front of My Computer, the plus sign in front of Local Disk (C:), the plus sign in front of Program Filess, the plus sign in front of Mozilla Firefox, then find the firefox.exe file and click it.
- Click Ok once you have navigated to the browser exe file.
- Click Next button to continue.
- The next dialog box is called Select a Title for the Program. In the box type the name of the browser and the version number.
As a website designer (or if you are a website owner), you should have multiple browsers and multiple versions of each browser on your machine for testing purposes. A website needs to be tested in different browsers to make sure it is cross-browser compatible. Hence, if you have 2 or 3 versions of a browser installed on your machine and don’t name the shortcuts in the folder we are creating with the version number you won’t know which version of the browser you are opening.
- Click the Finish button.
You now have a shortcut in the Browsers folder for the browser you selected to add.
Repeat the steps above to add all the different browsers installed on your machine. When you are finished, close the Explorer window.
Create Windows Toolbar
You can create a Windows toolbar for any folder on your hard drive. We will continue with our Browsers example:
- Back at the desktop, right click the Taskbar (usually the grey bar across the bottom of your screen.) and select Toolbars then New Toolbar.
A new dialog box appears called New Toolbar.
- Navigate to where you put the Browsers folder on the hard drive.
On my system I click the plus sign in front of My Documents then Browsers.
In the white box beside Folder: Browsers appears.
- Click Ok to continue.
- Look at your Taskbar. There should be a title Browsers with double arrows facing to the right of the screen.
- Click the arrows and the list of browsers in the Browser folder will be exposed.
So now how do you use this new Windows toolbar?
Using a Windows Toolbar
Once the list in the folder is exposed all you have to do is click the program name (or file name if you created a toolbar for a folder of documents) and the program/file will be opened.
Window toolbars are handy. Instead of navigating to frequently used programs or files all the time they are available right from the taskbar.
Move Windows Taskbar Toolbar
So you have discovered how useful the Windows Taskbar Toolbars are and have created so many that the taskbar is over crowded!
The Windows taskbar toolbars can be moved to any area of the desktop.
- Left click the toolbar you wish to move.
A four way (move) symbol will appear over the toolbar as you start to move it.
- Move the toolbar anywhere on the desktop.
Experiment dragging the Windows toolbar around the desktop. If dragged close to the top or one of the sides it will “snap” up against that edge.
If the Windows toolbar is too small or too big, move the mouse to the edge you wish to adjust, click and drag the mouse to adjust.