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Folder Menu on Taskbar

Posted August 2002 by Steve Sinchak

Normally, folders like My documents or some others have to be accessed from the start menu or desktop, and they open a window. Although you can set some folders to scroll from the start menu, it is sometimes easier to make a "folder menu" that can simply be expanded from the taskbar.

  1. Right-click the taskbar, and uncheck Lock the Taskbar.
  2. Right-click the taskbar again, and go to Toolbars > New Toolbar...
  3. A dialog will come up. Click the folder you want as a menu.
  4. If the folder suddenly consumes the taskbar, move the handle next to the title to the right until only the title and the double-arrow expansion button can be seen (next to the tray area).
  5. Right-click the taskbar, and check Lock the Taskbar again.

The folder will now be accessible in a menu-like fashion from the taskbar. Big time saver! If you want to remove it later on, just right-click the taskbar, and uncheck the folder title you want removed under Toolbars.

Note: Also works in Windows 2000, ME, and 98.

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