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This step-by-step article explains how to add Office program shortcuts to the Quick Launch bar.

The Office Shortcut Bar allows you to quickly start Microsoft Office programs. However, the Office Shortcut Bar is not the only way to do this. To save system resources and obtain the same results, you can use the Quick Launch bar on the taskbar.

How to Add a Program to the Quick Launch Bar

To add Office programs to the Quick Launch bar, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then point to the Office program that you want.
  2. Right-click the program, and then click Create Shortcut.
  3. Click Start, and point to Programs.

    You should see the shortcut in the list with (2) after the name. For example, if you created a shortcut for Microsoft Word, you should see Microsoft Word (2).
  4. Click the shortcut, and then drag the shortcut to the desktop.
  5. On the desktop, right-click the shortcut, and then click Rename.
  6. Press the RIGHT ARROW key, and then press BACKSPACE four times to remove the number (2).
  7. Click the shortcut, and then drag it to the Quick Launch bar on the taskbar.
  8. Repeat these steps for all program icons as needed.


For additional information about Office programs and the Quick Launch bar, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
286857 WD2002: Dialog Box Does Not Open After Word Is Started from Quick Launch Taskbar


Article ID: 307820 - Last Review: December 4, 2007 - Revision: 1.5
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