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Is there a way in Windows 7 to create a single icon that pops up with a menu? I'm used to having True Launch Bar installed, but at the moment it doesn't integrate with the new taskbar/shortcut bar of Windows 7, so I'm missing it.

Basically, I'd like to pin a single icon on the shortcut bar, and when clicked, pops up a menu that contains, as an example, all my games, or all my development tools, instead of pinning them all to the shortcut as individual icons.

It doesn't have to be built into Windows 7 either, so if there's 3rd party solutions available, please point me to them as well.

Note that I know that TLB is compatible with Windows 7 in the sense that I can install and enable the TLB launchbar, but it is separate from the Windows 7 taskbar, in the sense that only integrates a XP/Vista style quick launch bar into the taskbar. What I'd like is to mix popup-icons into the taskbar, among the other normally pinned applications.

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There is a Windows-native way to do it, which takes a folder with shortcuts or another folders. It will expand on click. No need to install or set anything. Just take a look at my answer. –  Qwerty Jan 6 at 4:01

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What you want to get is Jumplist Launcher. It lets you add shortcuts into the program's jumplist so you always have them available and don't have to fill your taskbar with 20 different shortcuts.

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Definitely cool –  prestomation Aug 16 '09 at 22:54
    
It only allows to select one app per folder. :( –  Sergiy Byelozyorov Apr 6 '12 at 8:40

I'm not sure of the steps off hand, but have you tried creating a new folder toolbar? If you right click the Taskbar, and select Toolbars, by default there is one for the desktop (so you can activate that to see how it would work). I think that there is an option on that popup menu to create a new toolbar for an arbitrary folder. So, you could create a folder that contains all of the shortcuts to all of your games, and then you'd have access to those shortcuts from the taskbar.

See here for the complete list of steps (near the bottom of the page).

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Yeah, I've experimented with that, but it's not quite what I want. What it does is add a normal toolbar with icons on it, and it only shows the name of the toolbar, not an icon. The only way to make it a popup is to size it small enough to get the chevron. Close, but not quite. –  Lasse V. Karlsen Aug 16 '09 at 13:29

You can probably try building such a program yourself which will have a custom Jump List. You would then just right-click on the icon for that to work.

Would certainly be possible that way but involves some coding. Altough the .NET APIs for the new taskbar are pretty nice.

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Oooh, that sounds promising, and fun to boot, I remember seeing a api drop the other day for Windows 7 as well, I'll look at that first. –  Lasse V. Karlsen Aug 16 '09 at 14:45
    
Yeah, this one: code.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack –  Lasse V. Karlsen Aug 16 '09 at 14:51

7stacks might be what you seek.

7stacks

use it and love it. :)

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Maybe. What does it do? How is it relevant to the question? Please do not post answers that consist of just a link. –  Gilles Dec 6 '12 at 18:57
    
Seems to be similar to the accepted one, though their homepage is badly outdated, you can't even browse the screenshots link correctly... –  Tobias Kienzler Jan 4 '13 at 9:27

Try creating a new folder toolbar and then docking it all the way at the right. That way it won't show any icons until you press the >> button to show the popup menu. Sometimes the toolbar size gets messed up after you lock it again, but you can use this trick to fix it.

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There actually is a solution to this.

I use custom menus since Windows XP (quick launch), but the current quick launch isn't friendly with subfolders. In Windows 7 you use Links instead:

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Right-click windows taskbar -> Toolbars -> enable Links

Then you have to open the Links folder, it should be located somwhere here %USERPROFILE%\Favorites\
(the best way is to create a folder in newly added Links menu and then right-click and open that folder, woala, you are in your Links folder :) )

Fill your folders with shortcuts, another folders, executables, songs, movies, ... whatever
You can create as many folders as you want, you can then choose which and how many of them will be shown on your taskbar (by drag'n'drop). Also change default icons for them.

The only drawback to this is that some programs (don't know why not all) which you start from that menu will first show a popup alert if you are aware that this program can hurt your computer as this is Links folder, which was dedicated to web-related content first.

(If you create custom toolbar, you can't use those shiny custom icons for popup menus, that's why I am talking about this solution)


EDIT: There is a workaround to disable those annoying alerts, though I recommend it only to experienced users and to those who know what they are doing with their PC as this will lessen windows security

In the start menu enter gpedit.msc. Then go to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager and Add "*.exe" to the "Inclusion list for moderate risk file types" setting.

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This is a great answer. –  user1167442 Aug 6 at 13:21

Indeed, both 7stacks and Jumplists are useless, you can do this with LINKS and custom toolbars. In order to have a configuration like:

StartMenu-AppStack1-AppStack2-QuickLaunch-OpenAppTabs

do the following:

  • create a new toolbar in the taskbar, put in the folder whatever links you need. Then drag this new toolbar in the left side, this will be the quick launch toolbar.
  • enable "Links" toolbar in the taskbar and drag it in the left side, near start button. Unlike the other toolbars, links will be seen as menus, just fill the folders inside with other folders or shortcuts. You have to disable texts and titles accordingly, also resize icons if necessary. It will be even better then XP.

A medium person has about 50-100 application installed.....each one should be reached in maximum 2 clicks, this can be done best by stacked links near start menu.

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I tried few apps trying to do that. Now I'm using Free lunch bar. This the best what I find.

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