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To open multiple instances of applications know that pinning isn’t always ideal. So how to enable the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 8?

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  1. Right-click on the taskbar, choose Toolbars → New Toolbar

  2. Enter the path to the folder:
    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

  3. Then press Enter

  4. Right-click on the taskbar, untick "Lock the Taskbar"

  5. Then right-click in the Quick Launch location and uncheck "Show Text" and "Show Title"

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Instead of creating a new toolbar, you can in fact open multiple instances of an application from a shortcut pinned to the taskbar. Simply hold Shift as you click the pinned application and a new instance will be opened.

This also works from within the new Start screen for desktop applications.

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