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In windows XP, there was the quick launch icons. If I where to turn a program on, I would still be able to start another instance of it through the quick launch bar.

In windows 7 I can't do that since when I start the program, the icon expends and then I can't start a new instance of the program.

Any ideas for solutions ?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Middle-clicking (mouse wheel) on the icon also opens a new instance. Otherwise stijn's answer will give you back the quicklaunch bar.

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cool, didn't know that – stijn Oct 7 '10 at 7:19
Got my vote - great tip! – Tal Galili Oct 8 '10 at 17:05
didnt know about middle click..ive been right clicking it. – mpen Oct 12 '10 at 8:37

right-click icon, select name of program or recent document and another instance opens. Or, if you want the actual QuickLaunch toolbar, right-click taskbar, select 'New toolbar' and enter this address:

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
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You answered my question - but Jaips gave me what I needed :) You get +1 – Tal Galili Oct 8 '10 at 17:06

You can use the shortcut key

Win + Shift + [number]

where [number] is the position of the item you want to launch a new instance of. For example, if Notepad was the first program in your toolbar, you could use Win + Shift + 1.

If you don't use the Shift key, you can launch a new instance of the program if one does not exist, or minimize/maximize one that does.

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Shift + Click in the icon will also create a new instance of the application in Windows 7

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