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I want new bar on my desktop screen (like Quick Access Bar) but unlike the Quick Access Bar where you add the shortcuts, I want a bar which focuses solely on the Desktop folder. The bar monitors the desktop folder and displays shortcuts to all the files inside it.

My questions:

  1. Does such a bar exist? (I tried research, but only found bars like Quick Access Bar)
  2. How can I design my own?


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Have you tried right-clicking the Taskbar and adding a new toolbar for the Desktop folder? – Karan Apr 20 '13 at 14:13

Right-click the Taskbar, select Tool Bar and then select Desktop.

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If that doesn't already exist, select New Toolbar..., and then navigate to and select your Desktop folder.

Once done, the toolbar and it's expander should be visible on the Taskbar.

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Is it possible to change appearance of such toolbar to show an icon instead of the "Desktop" text as that example? I know it is possible to hide tile and text of that toolbar, but it will show the first item in the folder, generally a folder icon... I would like, for example, to put a logo, like the Windows flag on start menu... – kokbira May 2 at 13:00

I am already aware of the Create New Toolbar approach, but one thing I hate is expandable menus. Navigating with mouse with precision requires immense concentration and careful gestures - something I'm not too fond of.

So, using AutoHotkey Scripting, I have created my own toolbar which is readily accessible and displays the files nicely:

My toobar has these features:

  • On start, it asks to select a folder (if not already chosen from a previous launch)

  • The Toolbar location is at the top of the screen

  • It auto-hides - good feature as it doesn't take up your desktop workspace

  • Bar shows on by moving mouse to top-left screen corner

  • Bar has: Button to root folder, and

  • Next to it links, in a horizontal list, all the files in that folder

  • Right click on bar to Change folder

  • Toolbar updates the file list links as they change when deleted/added inside the folder (so it's always updated).



My Pictures

Thanks for the help anyway :)

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